Postcards from Las Ramblas, La Boqueria Market

Shopping is one of my least favourite pastimes, so it may come as a surprise to learn that I love browsing markets or souks. The hustle and bustle with stalls overflowing with vibrant colours and interesting shapes is captivating, holding my attention for hours. La Boqueria or Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria if you wish to be formal …

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Essaouira – A Fishy tale in Morocco’s Windy City

Essaouira on the Atlantic coast of Morocco, is known as the ‘Windy City’, and it’s not difficult to understand why. Even when there is little more than a breeze, it gusts through the streets, market places and along the beach. Its touch caresses the sand and reaches every hidden space within the town. That Essaouria s described as a city is …

A Triple Merry Christmas – European Markets

This year provided a special opportunity to celebrate Christmas not just once but three times. I really enjoy spending time at the markets and visiting Manchester, Lucerne and Cologne in the space of a few weeks provided ample opportunity for some festive spirit and even more glühwein. The visit to Manchester has already been posted on this site and although …

Festive Manchester – Marketing Christmas

Having lived in Germany for a number of years I have a great fondness for Christmas markets. I especially enjoy markets in the smaller towns as they have a more intimate feel about them. People seem to know each other better and arrange to meet up for a few laughs and drinks. “bratwursts, grillflamme and glühwein of the European stalls …