All over the world, markets are the heartbeat of the community. Big or small, they’re where people meet, browse, and shop. There are weekly markets, with a festive atmosphere. Food vendors and entertainers make us feel as if we’re at a fair. Some cities are fortunate to have daily markets, where shoppers visit their favorite grocers and butchers before deciding on what to make for dinner. I showed you the beautiful daily markets of Sicily in a previous post.
While we think first of fresh produce as we head to a local market, there can be so much more to keep us there after we’ve chosen our tomatoes and berries. Flowers, bread, spices, honey. Artists and crafters offer unique items that stop us in our tracks. Pottery, furniture, pictures, soap. And every person, no matter what they are selling, seems to be passionate about their wares. They’re glad to tell you how they came to be there on such a fine morning. Go ahead, ask them.
In other countries, we have to make do with smiles and gestures. When we show interest, sellers respond. A surprising amount of information can be shared. And memories are made.
Today’s photo gallery shows the wide range of world markets I’ve been lucky to visit. And I plan to keep adding photos for a long, long time. But first, let me show you my favorite market: a few boxes set out in front of a home in northern Spain. I passed it as I walked the Camino de Santiago. Isn’t it simple and perfect?