Curitiba, November 13, 2016
Another cool day. Eliane drove us to the Feira do Largo da Ordem downtown – Carlos didn’t go with us because he hates crowds.
And crowded it was! This feira is a crafts market which takes place every Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm, with well-made craft items, some beautiful, cute or clever. It is located in the center of the Historic District next to the Presbyterian Church and Tiradentes Square. According to its web site, an average of 15,000 people visit the fair every Sunday. Sometimes there are expositions of antique cars and the fair is very convenient to having lunch at one of the surrounding restaurants. Besides craft items including hand made jewelry, paintings, items for the home and novelties, there are also antiques and old books and magazines for sale. My husband and I both bought t-shirts, and I also bought a tote bag with an araucária (Paraná pine tree) imprinted on it.
Free samples of cube-shaped gummy candies were being offered at one booth – I liked them because they were soft but don’t stick to your teeth. We sampled many different flavors but in the end I bought only two small packages of cachaça-flavored gummies, which will make unique souvenirs. I also bought a small jar of mango-passion fruit jam, not too sweet.
Meanwhile, my husband Dale (who took most of these pictures) noticed the towers of a mosque behind the booths and went to investigate. He photographed the mosque which was just behind the fair – I don’t know why we hadn’t noticed it when we were in this same area the day before!
The mosque, too, was crowded!
As we were leaving, we passed a booth selling items made of metal and…
…a guy selling little insect-like wire things that you press down on to make them jump. I smiled, thinking they were clever, and wish I’d bought a couple for my cat!