Monday, January 26, 2009

Fish Market

There are two main fish markets in town. This photo was shot at the older of the two, on the harbour. (Out of my header photo to the right.) It is held in an uncovered courtyard. Once you leave the street and enter the market, it's as if you have entered another wetter noisier world.

The first thing you notice is the smell...of fish, of course. Then you hear the 15 or more fishmongers, who have tables set up around the edges and in the middle of the courtyard. All of them call out to you (at full shouting volume) as you pass by their table of wares, telling you their prices, and immediately offering you a better deal if you continue past.

The fish are displayed on metal tables, divided by type. All the eels curled around each other, all the cod in another slippery pile, all the monkfish looking up at you with both eyes: each group with a handwritten card indicating the price per kilo on top.

More pictures to come in the following days...

8 comments:

Mediterranean kiwi said...

cats are also a feature of our fish markets - when someone wants to get rid of a ltiter, they know where they'll be looked after best!

Vogon Poet said...

I like market shots and your post add the flavour, no pun intended!
Waiting for more...

Hilda said...

Sigh. I love fresh fish but I can't buy for myself because I really can't stand the smell. I almost fainted once in a market because of it. Now I'm stuck with frozen fish, unless I can ask someone else to buy for me.

Come out and play, Saretta! I just tagged you in my blog :D

nobu said...

Nice market scene.
I love fish.

faulty_thinking said...

Love the pictures! I would love to live right around the corner from a place like this. Maybe one day.

Thank you for the comment.

Tootie said...

I have never seen a fish market like that. You have some interesting posts here! I'll be back to read more.

Saretta said...

Kiwi - I've never seen any cats at either of the two fish markets in town. Hmmm...that's a bit strange now that I think of it...

Hilda - that's too bad! Fresh fish is the best.

Nobu - me too!

faulty - you never know what the future holds for you!

Tootie - yes, please come back to visit whenever you like!

Ming the Merciless said...

I love wet and noisy fish markets. But I won't want to work there. :-)