December is upon us, and here we are for week 257 (12/3/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday, welcome! Winter arrived in Korea this week, and it is a shocker. Overnight I went from wearing my summer coat to my full winter gear. I’m looking forward to warmer climes! This week I’m sharing a few of my favorite markets from over the years. Looking at these shots is making very excited to explore the markets in Barcelona and Portugal; counting the days!
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Back in 2006 I got to roam through Seattle’s Pike’s Peak Market for a few hours, and I loved it! The fish mongers were hilarious. I’m sure I have photos buried somewhere of their fish throwing shenanigans. I also discovered ‘Mr. Pepperman’, and fell in love. These beauties, made from fresh bell peppers, were made for hanging in your kitchen, and in about 2 years they are totally dried. I didn’t bring one back to Korea because I thought customs might seize it. Now, I would! Aren’t they gorgeous!
No visit to Madrid would be complete without a visit to Mercado de San Miguel, located just off of Plaza Mayor. I had a fantastic time nibbling and sipping my way through all of the deliciousness, and you can do some drooling here.
Then, there was the Great Market in Budapest, Hungary, where I had the pleasure of purchasing local paprika from a lovely little old lady. My suitcase also arrive back in Korea stuffed with Hungarian foie gras! On the second level I enjoyed delicious local fare for lunch, and there are lots of souvenir shops to browse. I could not resist the beautiful hand painted eggs.
Finally, there are the markets of Thailand. Chiang Mai has the Saturday and Sunday Walking Markets. There are also markets in every neighborhood, where the locals do their daily shopping.
The Muang Mai market, next to the American Embassy, is always bustling in the mornings. Lots of good photo ops here! This market really bustles first thing in the morning!
My local market when I’m in Chiang Mai is Somphet Market, located very close to the moat. Great little market for fresh fruit, and also smoothies and my favorite moo ping. I gave full tour here. I hope you enjoyed this whirlwind tour of a few of the many markets I have enjoyed in my travels. Do you have a favorite market? Please welcome our co-hosts this week: Jan from Budget Travel Talk Ruth from Tanama Tales Rachel from Rachel’s Ruminations ____ You can browse the Travel Photo Thursday archives here. If you like this post, please share using the share buttons at the top or bottom. Much appreciated!