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Morning Markets – Part 2

The Miyagawa markets are open every day. It’s mainly a produce market, but the permanent shops alongside it cater to tourists. It was rather quiet when we first arrived, probably because it was a little cold.

Around Takayama

The stall holders were well-prepared though. This lady selling assorted pickles was all kitted out with crocheted blankets, and I’m even guessing a mini heater too.

Around Takayama

There was plenty of autumnal fresh produce around – this stall sold different types of radish and other root vegetables.

Around Takayama

Being late autumn, we saw plenty of late harvest apples for sale. This variety is called Hida, after the region that Takayama is in. They are much larger than the apples seen in Australia – some were the size of a lawn bowls ball, and so were priced accordingly.

Around Takayama

The Tomato Lady even wore her special hat. Given how cold it was, I’m guessing that these were grown in poly tunnels or green houses.

Around Takayama

Around Takayama

Chinatown Wander – Part 2

I wandered under Market City and into Paddy’s Markets. First, there were the bric-a-brac stalls. I liked this selection of hats. The Panama hat is cool again, it seems.

Chinatown Wander

I was more attracted to the food stalls. This spice stall sold all kinds of goodies.

Chinatown Wander

But most fascinating of all was the fruit and veg section. These days it’s dominated by Asian families.

Chinatown Wander

Fruit and veg businesses are known for their long hours, but even though I passed by in the afternoon these ladies were still fast and efficient.

Chinatown Wander

Helsinki – Part 2

There were some older areas down toward the port area. You can tell that both the Swedes and the Russians influenced the city through its churches. The main Lutheran cathedral was built by the Swedes in the 19th Century. It certainly breaks up all the red granite around the place.

Around Helsinki

This cathedral on the other hand had Russian influences and is an Orthodox church.

Around Helsinki

By the port you can view the eclectic mix of architecture in the city. Notice that there are no high-rise buildings about the place, so that the city still blends into the landscape.

Around Helsinki

The main market was also by the water.

Around Helsinki

It sold lots of distinctly Finnish souvenirs made from wood, reindeer, and wool.

Around Helsinki

All that knitwear reminded me that it must get pretty cold out there in the winter. It wasn’t exactly warm that day either, but the sunshine at least made things bearable.

East End Markets – Part 2

Londoners do love their markets. They seem to come out in droves, no matter the weather. We toured of delights of various East End Sunday markets. First up were the Columbia Road Flower Markets in Shoreditch, which took its flora very seriously. There East End marketers flogging their wares with thick Cockney accents, and a profusion of dogs being taken out for walks.

Columbia Road Flower Market

In the back alleys were art galleries, home ware shops, cafes and little bakeries, which sold very tempting treats.

Lily Vanilli

We moved on to neighbouring Spitalfields, home to the famous market, and also Brick Lane, renown for their curries. There were plenty of produce on offer, and also food stalls from every type of cuisine you could think of.

Brick Lane Produce Market

East Enders are particularly renown for their sharp wit. This made me giggle a bit.

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