This is Fishscale Girl, and I would like to welcome you to the market! Do you know what the market is?
The market is a place where there is food you can buy. Traditionally, a market has stalls of food, with vendors. In the past and in many places today, the market is outside. I went to the market twice a week when I was in France, and I loved it. At the market, you can buy all sorts of things — cheese made by the person selling it, fresh fruit and vegetables, dried fruit, a TON of different olives, nuts and spices, and lots of meat.
French market – Some of the food we bought
And in France, you can tell what kind of meat you are buying, not by the label on the package, but because of the fact that the meat still has its head, tail, eyes — you name it!
French market – Meat selection
French market – More meat!
French shopping – Even more meat!
I know this sounds kind of gross, but it’s not really, and it tastes so much better than the chunks of meat wrapped in plastic. I have heard that it is very, very hard to be a vegetarian in France. Everyone expects you to eat meat, and it is served at least once every meal. If you don’t eat, they take it as an insult.
French market – Sausages
French market – Not just meat for sale!
French market stall
Anyway, the market is lot of fun. It is in the center of town, and around it there are coffee shops and the occasional merry-go-round. Most of the time, there are also small bands, playing the drums and other instruments. People watch them, throw money at them, and dance everywhere. Sometimes there are two bands playing at the same time, and they like to compete for attention. It’s a lot of fun.
French market – Feeding the birds
I really enjoyed the market in France, but you do not have to travel there to see one. There are markets all over. You probably have one right in your town! Why don’t you check it out sometime?