Thursday, July 3, 2014

A Tutti Frutti Hat

Whenever I'm in Málaga, it's either mid- to late-afternoon or a holiday, which means the central public market is always closed. I was pleased when Judy and I walked by Monday and found most of the stalls still open. The fish market had already closed up, but the produce stalls were in full swing, so we browsed the aisles. The market is called Mercado Central de Atarazanas. Atarazanas is the name of the street and comes from the original Arabic word meaning "house of industry," and in Andalusian Spanish means "boatyard."

The site dates back to the 14th century when it was the Moorish city's boatyard. The Mediterranean Sea, now around 3/4-km (1/2-mile) away, used to lap its walls. The current market was built in 1879 and a restoration was completed in 2010.

The history lesson is over.

The food is new and fresh.

(Don't forget to click any image to make things really fruity.)

14TH-CENTURY MOORISH GATE (THE ONLY ONE REMAINING OF SEVEN).
NOW THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO THE MARKET.
THE WEST WING...
ONE OF SEVERAL AISLES.
OLIVES:  MY IDEA OF HEAVEN.
SAN GERALDO'S IDEA OF HELL.
FRUITY.
ECSTASY.
CANARY ISLAND BANANAS, PLUMS, TOMATOES, CHERRIES, AND MORE.
STAINED GLASS (1908):  THE PINTA AND THE SANTA MARIA ARE OUT OF VIEW.
(I WISH THEY'D LET ME CLIMB ATOP THE STALLS TO GET A BETTER SHOT.)

Judy has been shopping for the perfect hat. I think I've found it...
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18 comments:

  1. Mitchell, the market is nice and there is a wide variety of fruits and veggies and they look fresh. The prices are reasonable the same at my place. What a pity I can't see Judy's hat.

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    1. Gosia:
      It looks like Judy won't bother buying a hat. Nothing has struck her fancy. But the hat I've chosen for her is the one Carmen Miranda wears (and sings about) in the music video.

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  2. Why is the water now so far away? Has the land been built up or the sea level lower?

    It isn't the Carmen Miranda song I know, but it is quite good.

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    1. Andrew:
      Science question... I'm not the best resource. I know coastlines change over time and the Mediterranean has changed considerably over the centuries. As cities grow, barriers and channels are developed to regulate water and reduce the risk of floods. I'm sure that's part of the human-influenced reason in Málaga.

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  3. That video couldn't get more camp if it was set in a New York bath house

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    1. John Gray:
      There's nothing quite as campy as those musical numbers from the 30s, 40s, and even into the 50s ("Gentlemen Prefer Blondes").

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  4. I'm with you, not the sheikh, on this one. I love an olive bar!

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    1. Michelle:
      I noticed a new olive bar down the street yesterday. Can't wait!

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  5. I might be wrong, but wasn't Picasso born in Malaga? There must be a Picasso museum in town.

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    1. Stephen:
      Yes, Picasso was born here. I still haven't been to the museum nor have I been to the house where he was born (also now a tourist attraction). Judy and I plan to go while she's here this month.

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  6. That market looks like my idea of heaven!

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    1. Jacqueline:
      It really is beautiful. As you know, I have no interest in cooking, but I could browse the aisles for hours. (And there are a couple of cafe/bars!)

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  7. Get out! That's really a 14th c. gate!??? It's amaaaaaaazing!
    Love market! colors galore, fresh galore! (I'm with Jerry on the icky olives.)

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    1. Judy:
      I'm planning to wander ancient Málaga and share images. It's amazing what still stands. Olives? More for me!

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  8. I miss European markets! Though we are getting better and better farmer's markets here. And I love Carmen Miranda mostly because of the way my mother always liked her. I would love the olives!

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    1. Kristi:
      I do love these markets. Our nephew and niece-in-law started a farmer's market in Pierre, South Dakota (called Capital City Farmers' Market). A great addition. Too bad they don't have a 14th-century arch.

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  9. Oh boy, I wish I could try all those olives! What a great market.

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    1. Knatolee:
      I've always loved olives, but never knew there could be so many different flavors and textures. Heaven!

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