Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Magic of Markets - Nicaragua



















Markets are the key to the soul of any culture, and Nicaragua is no exception. Each place seems to have its own special way of displaying and selling its wares, and wandering through the markets in Granada, it soon became obvious that in Nicaragua the modus operandi is opening up displays in huge baskets and sacks, or hanging goods from tiny plastic bags; neither of which have I really seen here in Mexico. Just admire these beautiful baskets.....


















And all these open sacks and diverse hanging arrangements...



















It was a sheer delight to stroll between the stalls, chatting to the stallholders finding out their stories whilst browsing the goods on offer... The delightful old gentleman above had been running his dry goods stall in Granada market for forty years in the same place of course...



















And don't you just love the beautiful designer arrangements of all these plastic pots and containers?? Truly a piece of unique Art!!




















What and where are some of your favourite market displays???

6 comments:

Peter said...

This market place is, as you say, really magic!!

I'm lucky enough to live about one minute's walk from a covered market here in Paris. However, the markets here seem not quite the same as you can still can find in the smaller cities, especially when going south!

Catherine said...

glad you like the market Peter - am sure there are still some great ones in Paris and France too..

A Cuban In London said...

Although I have only been to it twice, Brixton market gets my thumbs up.

What I loved the best about your photos was the array of colours. Marvellous.

Greetings from London.

Alice in Tenochtitland said...

Hi Catherine - i am from Mexico City and i really love your blog and your take on the city. Me and my friends have a blog and a site that we are working on and i would be really interested in talking with you about living and working here in DF and things that you have encountered in the city. Mexicanisms, etiquette and general culture that you have found to be different from your own. We have been trying to get a straight talking opinion from someone for a while and we would love it if you would hep us out with this task !

i can be contacted at
a_s_m16@msn.com

Thanks

Amy-Itzel

Catherine said...

Hi Cuban - I haven't been to Brixton mkt for years - sounds great - I like Columbia Rd mkt in London...

Catherine said...

Hi Alice - thanks for the vote of confidence i will be in touch...