European markets in the spring

Hi Frugalistas!

Frugalfirstclasstravel loves markets!  Here are some of my favorite European market shots of the past few years:

The Marche Barbes(also known as the North African Market) in the 18th arondissement of Paris has the reputation of being the cheapest market in Paris, and being notoriously difficult to photograph at.  I did manage to sneak one quick shot on a recent visit.

Organic food (agriculture biologique) is big news in French markets.  On a rainy Saturday morning this market was still bustling and busy.

In Spring artichokes are just everywhere!  I found these in Annecy

Plant stalls are also common sights

During spring fat white asparagus are everywhere in European markets, and the locals buy them in huge bunches

Plump locally grown strawberries smell and taste nothing like anything you will see at home.  Combined with Sicilian lemons at a market stall in Stresa, the smell was amazing!

A stall selling dried beans, pulses and nuts in the large outdoor market at Padua, just outside Venice

The Padua market is one of the only indoor/outdoor markets I’ve seen in Europe.  The 14th century building the background houses aisle after aisle of butchers (including multiple horse butchers for the more adventurous), delis and bakeries.

I love the noises, smells, sights and local colour that you can really only get at a market and make sure I visit wherever I go.  Please drop me a line about your favorite markets!

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