THE FINAL PHOTO IS NOT FOR THE TENDER-HEARTED (NOR IS IT FOR VEGANS OR VEGETARIANS). IF YOU HAVE JUST BEEN MENTIONED, DON'T LOOK AT THE PHOTO BELOW THE YELLOW DOTTED LINE .
While San Geraldo stayed home Thursday morning, my visiting English family and this little piggy went to market. We took a walk to Triana and browsed the public market built atop the site of the Castillo San Jorge (Castle of Saint George), which is the castle that hosted the Spanish Inquisition beginning in the year 1481. The original castle was of Arab origin and built in 1171. The castle had mostly disappeared by 1823 after years of neglect and flooding (the river is right alongside), and a public market was built in its place. Then, in 1992, the market was modernized, and the remains of the castle were unearthed along with a 12th- to 13th-century cemetery. There is now a modern museum below the market, but I haven't had a chance yet to visit. Too busy eating churros and chocolate, I guess.
And that's the end of the history lesson. The rest of this post is simply pictures of delicious and beautiful things to eat and drink... followed by a photo many people, myself included, would not find very appetizing. Remember: Mind the yellow dotted line!
|SAN GERALDO HATES OLIVES. FORTUNATELY, I DON'T FEEL THE SAME. FREE TASTES!|
|PIEL DE SAPO (TOAD SKIN MELON) SECOND SHELF FROM TOP. DELICIOUS!|
|WE STOPPED FOR SOME REFRESHMENT AND SAT AT A TABLE JUST BELOW THIS POOR UNFORTUNATE.|
NOTE THE ORIGINAL WALLS OF THE CASTILLO SAN JORGE IN BACKGROUND.
|BEANS, NUTS, AND DRIED FRUIT. MY IDEA OF HEAVEN (WELL, IF YOU ADD CHOCOLATE).|
|A SWEET STOP. MORE PIEL DE SAPO.|
|FRESH PRODUCE. GORGEOUS SPANISH TOMATOES. CLOTHING NEXT DOOR.|
|A MICROBREWERY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MARKET. MORE FREE SAMPLES.|
|CHOCOLATE. I DIDN'T BUY ANY BECAUSE IT WAS TOO HOT TO TAKE IT OUTSIDE.|
|CRAWLING AROUND THE MARKET.|
ALSO CRAWLING AROUND MANY GARDENS IN FRANCE AND GREAT BRITAIN RIGHT NOW.
| I ONCE HAD A SICILIAN FRIEND WHO WOULD SCOOP THIS (FOREGROUND) FROM THE SEA|
AS WE SWAM AND SUCK THE CONTENTS FRESH FROM THE SHELL. NONE FOR ME, THANKS.
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