May 13th was the last day of Jarnac's fresh foods market. A smallish affair, but a very vital part of french village life. Open 6 days/week, with Tuesdays and Fridays being the "big" market days, that hall adds to the town center people meet, shop, gossip and get out of the house.
So now we have a temporary market along the river, not quite in the center Official construction time for the new structure is 12 month. If you talk to locals however, they say it may take more like 18 month, since the country needs employment and public projects are easy to stretch out and pad the numbers. What a concept of stimulus.
They started yesterday afternoon and this morning the big bulldozer came in and by the time I got around to take these pictures, the roof was gone. When we went to school at 8 am, the building was still complete. So maybe the cynics are wrong and this project comes in on time and budget.
THE MARKET IS GONE
A MORNING'S WORK
OPEN TO THE TOP
NOT WORTH SALVAGING
THE NEW MARKET SHOULD BE READY IN 12 MONTH
OF COURSE THERE IS A TEMPORARY LOCATION FOR ONE YEAR
GRAFFITI SIGNS SHOWING THE WAY