had visited this marche on Thurs, and found only one vendor w. a selection of several varieties including sauvages (wild, not cultivated). returning shortly after eight, the market was still sparse with shoppers, but there were easily three times as many vendors as Thurs, including those for seafoods. the fish looked magnificent, better than any we see in Calif markets. went to the vendor we had seen before, paid 25€ for two dozen assorted that included some speciales no.1's and the sauvages which were about the size of the no.2's next to them. another vendor had Belons, and after hearing about these for decades without trying them (they do appear of course in les etats but for a premium tariff and far from native waters) got eight for 10 €.
the occasion for eating them was so special, any good, fresh oysters would have been memorable, but for me the sauvages and the belons stood out. my friend, with whom we were having a reunion after almost four decades of no contact, didn't care for the Opinel model specific for shucking, but it served me well as a complete novice at the task. we had an excellent rose champagne (Agrapart) and a 2006 Dagenau Pursang, one of the last wines the late master of Pouilly Fume had made.