Yesterday, the Sunday market in Daglan was expanded to become the Salon de la Gastronomie — another way of saying “an expanded Sunday market, with more food than usual plus a demonstration of a truffle-hunting dog.” That, along with the ongoing art exhibition in our Salle des Fêtes, was enough to drive up traffic in the village to new heights.
We are truly at the absolute peak of tourist season, which around here means July 15 to August 15. Campgrounds are full of trailers, caravans, tents and cars. Villagers have stopped going into Sarlat (too much traffic). Lineups have increased everywhere. And in neighbouring Cénac last week, there were so many shoppers in the supermarket that the check-out terminals simply shut down.
As for Daglan yesterday, things started fairly early, with stalls being set up, electrical cords being run all over the place, and trucks unloading. Here’s a view up our street towards the main village square, showing some of the trucks already in place:
My wife and I weren’t sure when the demonstration with the truffle-hunting dog would take place, so we headed up to the village square around 10 a.m. for a look. Aside from all the market stalls (which I’ll cover later) there was a nice amount of traffic jammed into the square, like this:
Things were so busy that we saw something we’d never seen before in Daglan — a traffic light! A portable light had been set up near the Mairie (the Mayor’s office), and alternated between stopping the traffic and lettting it move forward slowly. Here’s how it looked:
And here’s a close-up of the signal:
Of course the influx of tourists and the resulting traffic jam is just one aspect of the Salon de la Gastronomie. Tomorrow, I’ll give you a peek at the fruit and vegetables — they were beauties. The next day, I’ll cover the demonstration of the chien truffiers. Stay tuned.