Adventurer's Index, France, Galleries Aix’s Big Market Day: Setting Up (1/2) Posted on May 3, 2014March 7, 2018Author Slowlanefrance In a way, markets define Aix-en-Provence. One can be found someplace seven days a week. But nothing compares to Saturday, when the market hums and stretches for blocks. In the old city, set-up for the flower market begins at about 7 a.m. in Place de l’Hotel de Ville. A block away, in Place Richelme, the vegetable, fruit and bread vendors prepare for a crazy morning. Fish vendors drive up from the coast. But the biggest market is in Place des Precheurs, where you’ll find all kinds of food. Crafts of the region. Dolls and just about everything else. This market spills onto surrounding streets such as this stand in front of the old jail. Vendors work quickly and efficiently to set up. There’s plenty of heavy lifting. And a little help from the cops, seen here towing a car parked in market central. Shortly before 8, everything is ready for the first customer. This rotisserie is in Place des Precheurs. At Place Richelme, vendors await their first customer. Who arrives like clockwork at 8.