Friendly Friday: Markets

Sandy’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge topic this week is markets.

I love outdoor markets – we have a farmers’ market near us on Sundays which runs from June to October. Most of the farmers are from Michigan or southern Illinois. Of course, the items change with the seasons. This is a local farmers’ market in October.

It is fun and interesting to visit markets in other countries – both outdoor farmers’ markets and regular supermarkets. Following are market scenes I took on my recent travels.

Quebec City, Canada in October

Aswan spice market, Egypt, in January

Rishon le Tsiyon, Israel – these photos were taken at an (indoor) supermarket, in January

Tel Aviv, Israel – another supermarket, in January

Vienna, Austria – we took a special tour to this large outdoor market, called Naschmarkt, which sold a lot of other things besides food! In July

Not all markets sell food…

Here is the Daraw animal market in Daraw, Egypt, in January.

CFFC: Yummy!!!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge continues exploring the senses; this week it is tasting.

We have 5 basic type of tastes registered by our taste buds: bitter, salty, sour, sweet and savory. Sometimes fat is considered a 6th taste.

The American diet contains a lot of processed foods, which add salt to them – salt is a preservative. So we eat too much salt, as well as fat and sweets. High-salt diets can cause fluid to build up in your body, especially if you have a heart condition like I do. A tell-tale sign is swollen ankles but also lots of coughing, the result of fluid build-up in the lungs. That is why I try to maintain a low-salt diet.

If we would stick to “real” food, that is, food provided to us by nature, we would be a lot healthier.

Garden tomatoes: Fresh tomatoes always taste the best! (citrusy: sour, also savory)20190817_193324
Baclava – Vienna’s Naschmarkt  (sweet – taste of honey)
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Vegetables and fruit for sale at Vienna’s Naschmarkt (mostly savory, some bitter)
sweet & savory fruits!
Breads in Israel – most breads are put in the salty category, but some, like pita bread, are classified as savory
In Egypt, I fell in love with Middle Eastern food!!

We had a home-hosted dinner at the home of an Egyptian family in Luxor.

We also had a five-day cruise on the Nile on our own private boat with excellent chefs! Rice and peppers – definitely savory!
A whole fish! – Nile perch (savory,  salty also)
A New Year’s cake (oh so sweet!)
Spices for sale at an Egyptian market – spices add flavor or heat to a dish, and some can be bitter.
I don’t normally take pictures of food (except when traveling), but sometimes I can’t resist, like this savory shrimp appetizer at a restaurant!
Holiday cookies from my church’s annual “cookie walk!” (Totally bad-for-you sweet, but the holidays are a time for celebrating!! Eat these in moderation!)
I will end where I started – with fresh grown vegetables, from a local farmers’ market.



Cee’s B&WPC: Gates and Fences

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week is gates and fences.

Nature Gate: Crazy Horse National Monument, South Dakota (filter used: Denim).KODAK Digital Still Camera
Neighborhood fence, Des Plaines, Illinois (filter used: Slate)
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Neighborhood fence with flowers, Des Plaines, Illinois (filter used: Mercury)20180911_095301 (2)
Cairo Marriott Hotel gate, Cairo, Egypt (filter used: Vanilla)20190105_150003
Gate for a house in Rishon le Tsiyon, Israel (filter used: Slate)
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Front gate at Church of All Nations, Jerusalem, Israel (filter used: Mercury)
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Thursday Doors: Rishon le Tsiyon, Israel

Upon arrival in Israel from Egypt, we stayed two nights at an Airbnb in a Tel Aviv suburb called Rishon le Tsiyon, because we were joining up with another tour group that would arrive two days later. Although I was a little disappointed at how far it was from the city, so we would not get to see the sights of Tel Aviv, I ended up really enjoying it: it was two days of just wandering around the neighborhood at our leisure, snapping photos of whatever interested us. It was also a much more typical representation of  average Israeli life.  I was amazed at the variety of doors and gates we saw just within walking distance of our Airbnb, so I am posting them here in Norm’s Thursday Doors feature.

Here, then, are the doors (and other sights) of Rishon le Tsiyon, Israel.


I could barely get the entire door/gate in this photo, because I was standing on the sidewalk directly in front of it!


This seems to be a work in progress.

We saw these recycling cages where plastic bottles are dropped in through a hole in the design in front. There was some variety in these designs; we saw different ones here and elsewhere in Israel.
Returning to our Airbnb home later in the day.

We had tried to do laundry – the woman whose home it was had a washing machine but no dryer. We took the dryer rack outside and hung the wet clothes on it, but it was windy and the rack kept blowing over!

The next morning, Dale scooped up a grapefruit that had fallen in the front yard. Behind him, the tree was full of ripe grapefruits!

It was windy again and we thought it best to leave the clothes to dry on the rack inside, because we wanted to spend some more time exploring the neighborhood. I was surprised to find a sculpture of Don Quixote (Dale’s hero!) in a park nearby.

The weather threatened rain, but undeterred, we continued our explorations.
In a somewhat rundown shopping center, there was a camera store, which solved a problem I’d had – part of my camera charger was missing (left at home, probably) so I couldn’t charge my camera batteries! This store had a universal camera battery charger, which the store clerk tested for us to make sure it would work. It did! I didn’t even mind him telling us he liked Trump – my photography life in Israel was saved! I could now take as many photos as I wanted to, and not be restricted to my cellphone.
Because this was not a touristy area, we came across people who knew little or no English, especially in restaurants. However, we found that pointing at things got us what we wanted!  Here we bought some snacks to take to the airport with us while we waited for the other tour group members to arrive.