I Went Back in Time to Visit a French Market Town in the 1900s

La Belle Epoque. Have you ever wondered how it feels like to go back in time and experience life in France in the 1900s? That scene from Woody Allen's film, Midnight in Paris suddenly jumps right at me, where Adriana (Marion Cotillard) takes Gil (Owen Wilson) back to that era.   Guess what? Here in Puy du Fou you get to walk through one. 

Puy du Fou is an international award winning historical theme park in Les Epesses, France. One of their attractions is a market town in the 1900s. A market square  where you can spend time browsing through authentic, bakeries, groceries, and shops selling exactly the same merchandise available during that time with busy storekeepers wearing period costumes. 

The show featured here is a town crier citing the "public notices" forbidding music, while the rest of the musical machines play their music throughout the town square. 

Delight yourself with traditional freshly baked goodies here.
Shops in the market square with musical machines
Shopkeepers are all dressed up
A walk in the town square
The Bistrot. Experience traditional French cuisine in Au Bourg 1900, a 19th Century Brasserie

Carousel and the Musical Machines
Fancy checking in?

Do you fancy going back in time out of curiosity? Are you a history buff?
Love & light,

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  1. Looks positively delightful. We're a bread nation, so we have bread shops in almost every street here, which is why I'm always shocked when I hear that most Western countries don't have them. For us bakery is a bread, buns, pretzels not cakes and sweet things :)

    1. Exactly. How I miss the bakeries in Europe. Ah, the bread texture, the scent of flour, freshly baked viennoiserie, brioche and baguette, the sound of crinkly long brown paper bag, even the long queue. :)

  2. Oh my gosh, I'm totally drooling over these photos! Can I please hop on the next plane over?!

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

    1. Let's go :) Summer is not far away and I wish I can go back too.

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    1. It's worth the trip despite being 4 hours away from Paris by train.