Market Delights

I thought I would post a few pictures of the local boulangerie/patisserie we visit most mornings, just to make your mouth drool- these pictures show only a few of the displays

A world of temptation...

A world of temptation…

Worthy of a close up!

Luckily I am not tempted by the sweet stuff like Frank who is working his way through a miniscule selection of the choices!
I am simply more than happy with a bit of crusty baguette to put on my butter- yes, I realise what I said then. (Those of you that know me will know of my obsession for butter thickly spread on my bread!)

Gateaux and pastries

Gateaux and pastries

More treats to tempt the palate!

More treats to tempt the palate!

Croissants, pain au chocolat & more!

Croissants, pain au chocolat & more!

Nearby are the Port Moselle markets which have a lively multi-ethnic atmosphere  and are an interesting place to wander. They sell a wide range of arts and crafts, fresh produce including flowers, fruit and vegetables, cakes, olives, meat & fish. All this is set amongst a background of live Pacific music.

The market place

The market place

La buvette de Marche (I wish I knew how to make my imac computer do french accents- can anyone help me?) is where you can buy your morning cup of coffee in a enormous soup-sized cup to enjoy with your croque monsieur, the traditional cheese & ham toasted sandwich. This area is surrounded by little market stalls which sell souvenirs & trinkets- more stalls spread out to the outside areas particularly during weekends & holidays.

The colourful local dresses

The colourful local dresses

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Here are a few pictures of the colourful local markets where we buy our fruit & vegetables. It is a very busy place that starts up early morning and runs till afternoon or when their produce sells out! There are a few products I have no idea how to cook or what they are, but I am willing to give them a try. I also plan to store a few local long lasting sweet yams & taros on board when we head to Vanuatu as we believe there will be no fresh produce cultivated since the cyclone to replenish our supplies.

Taro is very popular here

Taro is very popular here

Lastly, are a few pictures of the fish market set apart from the other buildings- they sell seafood of all shapes and sizes- fish, lobster,crabs, prawns and squid.IMG_7489

They operate a frenetic business till lunchtime when they are generally sold out of most of their fresh catches. Tuna is a particular speciality here that I adore, either raw as sashimi or lightly cooked- and so much fresher & cheaper than in Australia. Les perroquets are parrot fish, and we find it very hard to see these amazingly coloured beauties that turn a magnificent shade of blue once out of the water.

The parrot fish

The parrot fish

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6 responses to “Market Delights

  1. Ohhh Nikki – looks fantastic! I hope you are sketching and painting while you are there!!

    • Ooh la la ma chere amie!C’est incroyable!!! No time to sketch yet, simply soaking up the ambience!!!
      Clearing customs on Wed, and heading off Thurs down west coast of New Cal waiting for weather window.
      A plus tard!!! xox

    • Haha- think the Capitaine has slightly O.D’ed on baguettes and extravagant pastries! We just picked up our lunch baguette and he wasn’t even tempted!!!

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