— LA BOQUERIA —
November 10, 2008 — I'm glad everybody seemed
to enjoy last week's photos. My favorite "human statue" was the first
character in the line-up. He was very funny and established a terrific rapport
with his audience. I also admired the "tree nymph" (last in the line-up) who
appeared on the street only once during my stay in Barcelona. I suspect he has
another job, or perhaps he favors a different neighborhood. Most of the other
performers arrive at La Rambla early each morning, jockeying for the best spot.
They seldom leave before dusk. It can't be an easy job.
Barcelona's Famous "Boqueria"
And now for another kind of eye candy, the Mercat de Sant Josep de
la Boqueria. I discovered "La Boqueria" late one afternoon while was
strolling along La Rambla. At first glance, from the outside, it looks like a
typical European farmer's market but once inside you realize this is no ordinary
place. La Boqueria positively vibrates with energy, color and culture. Your nose
twitches and your eyes dance as you wander through mazes of food stalls piled
high with delectables of every possible description, all meticulously displayed.
You see food you've never seen before — and
some you wish you hadn't. You smell the earth, the sea and the sweat of the crowd.
Here Barcelona's master chefs can be found shopping alongside throngs of busy
housewives and hordes of pushy tourists. Why do they all come? The answer is
simple. They come because La Boqueria offers the widest assortment of the freshest
ingredients. Locals say that if you can’t
find it in La Boqueria, you won’t find it anywhere else. (Over
40 types of eggs at just one egg stall!)
I should add that La
Boqueria can trace its history back to 1217. It finally got a roof some 700
years later, in 1914. The walls remain open.
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