Wednesday, 1 September 2010


"Open Air Market" is the Theme Day subject for September.

We used to have a busy market near the harbor, but it has been moved up to the area in front of the Cathedral. The old place is mainly empty and filled with imported mass produced items, a bit like "plastic-fantastic", fake football t-shirts and sun-glasses.

I had wished it would have been a place to sell local handcrafts -handmade products by local people.

According to the text on the van: Irene is selling good Norwegian products, and you will even receive a big SMILE if you buy from her....

I do like the place, but I still think the old market was better.

Anyway, there are nice flowers and good products, but I guess most people buy most of these products from their local shops.

10 comments:

EG Wow said...

It's neat and orderly for an outdoor market! And I agree that it doesn't look anything unusual is being sold here.

B SQUARED said...

I'm always amazed what people sell at "markets." I seldom buy sunglasses with my fruit and vegis.

Naturedigital said...

A beautiful theme.
A great photograph.
Costas

Jacob said...

Always love a good open air market...we have a "farmers market" close to us that operates on Thursday mornings. But we always forget to go!

Re your comment on the puppies...I think you're right. I don't know much about dog prices.

Jilly said...

This is so typical in some markets in Italy where traders sell from their vans. Love the shot and the atmosphere you bring us.

Halcyon said...

I sometimes like to wander the crafts area when we go to visit family in Berlin. There is also usually a "plastic fantastic" section, but I tend to skip that. I can buy that junk anywhere... I don't understand why it's at the market.

Nice shot. And I'm glad Irene seems to know how to keep people coming back. A smile can work wonders!

cieldequimper said...

A nice omelette with lots of veg. Yes?

Michael said...

What we perceive to be the traditional market, compared with the watered down modern version that we are most often confronted with, will always be at odds and so yes, as a traditionalist, I fully agree.

"All things French" said...

We have 2 Farmers Markets within driving distance from home and they are both excellent.
They must sell only locally grown produce and only food stalls are allowed ~ no crafts bric-a-brac etc. one of these serves a fabulous country breakfast { using all fresh local ingredients} which can be eaten sitting on hay bales. A wonderful atmosphere!
~Dianne~

Kate said...

I guess there's no egg salmonella scare there as there has been here in the states. Yes, the plastic fantastics are to be avoided while concentrating on good homegrown food.