Monday, October 02, 2006

Italy Part 3 - Mercato Centrale in Firenze

The mercato centrale is a grocery market that's open every day starting 7am until 2pm. It's a two story building under a huge roof where all kinds of vendors attract locals as well as tourists for taking pictures or tasting some 100 year old balsamic vinegars. It's both spectacular and amazing to be able to shop in such a way especially after being reminded of the supermarket at home which hardly offers such variety and quality. I always enjoy checking out big markets in different places around the world. A nice comparison would be the local grocery market in Pattaya, Thailand.

Parmesan cheese, nice and crumbly.

There was a wonderful smell around those marinated olives!

Dried herbs, beans, veggies, ...

A big variety of dried fruits was also available.

Fresh seafood. There were many stands ...

... offering all kinds of fish, crabs, lobsters and sepia.

A stand which sold intestines only. Check out the brains in the lower right corner.

Kind of gruesome looking!


At 3:48 PM, Blogger yoko said...

i didn't see it when i was there!


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