Saturday, 15 January 2011

In Ceret market today.

Trudi and I ambled down to have Grand Creme and Patte d'ours (bear's paw pastry - I love bears so had to try it) in town this morning. Saturday is market day. We ate in this beautiful boulangerie.

I could not believe the variety of wonderful decadence available

then still more.

In the road outside was a decorated camper van, not to my taste, but it shows how people are the same the whole world round.

This is one of the beautiful tile paintings of Ceret that are scattered about the town walls.

Next to the bakery is a studio that makes chain link door screens. One can give them a photo and they will make it into a screen. I think the locals here use them to keep the flies out. These ones are their advertisement up on the wall above the door. They are beautifully made.

At last, suitably fortified we went off into the market. You may recognise it from last year's post.

The market is full of delightful things. Fewer tourists mean it is easier to photograph. 

These are scissors for cutting herbs. I had never seen them before. They have multiple blades.

Then there were these paper hanging decorations made out of magazine pages.

My favourite stall is the pottery stall, just for the wonderful colours.

This was delicious dried fruit which we sampled.

Beads, beads, beads!

I loved this painting. It made me think of the miles I used to cycled and Queen's Bicycle songs. I nearly broke into chorus but then remembered where I was and hummed quietly under my breath. Trudi tells me she still has to live here when I leave.

In the centre of town other music distracted me. A man was playing an accordion surrounded by the Catalonian colours of red and yellow everywhere.

Canigou is dressed beautifully clearly today

after being all coy and mysterious yesterday.

Happy Weekend Everyone!

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