Kapoors Year 9A: Paris/Sicily/Myanmar/Nepal travel blog

On Our Second Morning We Decided To Visit One Of The Local...

We Headed Off To The Capo Quarter, To See One Of The...

Along The Way We Stumbled Upon A Street Where Items For An...

I Would Have Loved To See The Festival In Full Swing, But...

It Seems Even Motorized Vehicles Are Fair Game For The Parade Route

On This Quiet Morning We Could Take Our Time And Admire All...

And Then We Came To This Absolute Riot Of Colour And Design,...

I'm Sure That Every Sicilian Kitchen Would Be Well-Stocked With Pasta Of...

And Of Course Olives Are A Must Have Item Too

We Saw All Varieties Of Tomatoes, But These Were The Most Unusual

And What's A Pasta Sauce Without Onions And Chilies?

Eggplants Are A Major Ingredient In Sicilian Cooking, We Were Sure To...

We Might Have Ordered Artichokes When Eating Out If Only We'd Known...

We Saw Many Types Of Beans On Sale, This Is A Variety...

I Believe These Are Salted Capers, They Add A Lot Of Flavour...

I Should Have Bought A Load Of Saffron, This Seems Like A...

It Took Me A Moment To Realize This Is The Local Name...

It's Autumn In Sicily And The Chestnuts Are Ready For Roasting

The Cactus Fruit Is Ripe And Very Tasty Too

There Were Dozens Of Varieties Of Familiar Fruits, I Took This Photo...

The Meat Market Was Less Than Appealing, But I Liked The Look...

Normally, I Run The Other Way When Near The Fish Section, But...

The Dried Cod (Previous Photo) And These Fish Gave Off No Aroma...

It Was Fascinating To See These Salted Fish Packed In A Barrel

I Think These May Be Anchovies, One Tin Was Opened To Display...

We Rounded A Corner And I Gasped When I Saw This Head...

I'm Not Sure If This Is His Tail Or Not, Fish Eaters...

I'd Recognize Squid Anywhere Though - Calamari Anyone?

It Looks Like This One Is On Offer Dried And/Or Fresh

Now Shrimp, This Is The One Type Of Seafood I'll Eat Now...

It Was Mostly 'Window Shopping' For Us, But I Felt I Should...


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BACKGROUND

Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Italy chapter on Sicily has to say about Palermo:

“The intersection known as the Quattro Canti (Four Corners) divides the historic centre into four traditional quarters that contain the majority of Palermo’s sights.

The Mercato del Capo, which extends through the tangle of lanes and alleyways of the Albergheria and Capo quarters respectively, is the most atmospheric of all. Here, meat carcasses sway from huge metal hooks, glistening tuna and swordfish are expertly dismembered and anchovies are filleted. Long and orderly lines of stalls display pungent cheeses, tubs of plum olives and a huge array of luscious fruits and voluptuous vegetables.

Behind the splendours of the Palazzo dei Normanni lies the contrastingly shabby, run¬ down district of Albergheria, once inhabited by Norman court officials and now home to a growing number of immigrants who are attempting to revitalize its dusty backstreets. This is also the location of Palermo’s busiest street market, the Mercato di Ballarò, which throbs with activity well into the early evening.

It’s a fascinating mix of noise, smells and full-on street life, and the cheapest place for everything from Chinese padded bras to fresh produce, fish and meat, plus the best and most appetizing cheese selection imaginable – smile nicely for a taste.”

KAPOORS ON THE ROAD

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