Paloquemao Market, Bogotá

February 12, 2011

On February 12, 2011, Linda and I went to the big, crowded Paloquemao Market in Bogotá with Judith, with whom we were staying. It has four sections: the flowers are outdoors; fruit and vegetables are in big covered spaces; the meat and the fish are both in areas with refrigerated lockers and displays. Read the rest of this entry »


The Central Market, Budapest

September 28, 2010

The morning of September 28, 2010, Linda and I walked down the full length of Váci Utca, which was Budapest’s largest and most fashionable shopping street from 1810 to 1850 and even later. Read the rest of this entry »

The Omi-cho market in the middle of Kanazawa has been established since the middle of the seventeenth century. In 2009 a new building was built and the old stalls scrapped. Linda and I went for a visit with Noriko on April 15, 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

On April 9, 2010 Linda and I walked around the outer market next to the enormous Tsukiji Fish Market with our guide Yumi. This outer market sells retail to anyone and is quite popular. While fish is the star attraction, it represents less than half of the total stalls, but almost all of them are related to cooking and eating. There are also some sushi restaurants. Read the rest of this entry »

The Tsukiji Fish Market

April 9, 2010

Tokyo’s Tsukiji wholesale fish market is many times larger than any other fish market in the world. It has three main functions. There is a tuna auction most mornings at 5:20 where mostly frozen and some fresh whole tuna carcasses are auctioned off. There is a loading area where buyers can load their trucks and there is a market where 900 licensed wholesalers sell fish to retailers, restaurants etc. Read the rest of this entry »

On May 21, 2009, Linda and I started out on foot from our hotel The Four Seasons Sultanahmet. We walked west through a mixed commercial and residential neighbourhood, where a few blocks still had some old charm. Read the rest of this entry »

The Xochimilco Market

February 19, 2009

On February 19, 2009, Ruth, Linda and I went to Xochimilco, the town south of Mexico City famous for its canals and floating gardens. Unfortunately these are not what they used to be and so we skipped them. We were there to see the Mercado Xóchitl. As we arrived in the town center, we heard the loud booms of rockets going off, which Ruth said announce one of the many neighborhood festivals and parades.

Read the rest of this entry »