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Monastiraki is a great part of Athens for people watching. It is full of little shops and restaurants, and has a lovely market area where you can buy anything from cheap food, home-made leather goods and knock-off clothing. A great place for a bargain, and possibly its certainly cheaper than the nearby Plaka area.

The church in the top photo is very typical of the older churches you’ll find all over Greece.

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Here is some of the food from the steam-train stall in Wroc?aw. The choices were amazing. Low-carb delight for me (to be fair it was making up for all the yummy Polish carbs I was stuffing down my throat).

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If you haven’t had real kielbasa, you haven’t had sausage. Its a smoked Polish pork sausage that is grilled. They are great on a braai, and almost even better as left-overs.

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The Greeks would call this Souvlaki, the Indians would call this kebab, and the South African’s would call this sosatie. I don’t care what you call it, but you have to try it. These ones were huge and filling (I know, I had one for lunch).

 

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And yes, there were some vegetarian options as well.

 

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The town of Wroclaw is wonderful in the evening. There are loads of restaurants where you get brilliant Polish food, and in old-town there is also a bustling market area with the most excellent food stalls, and tables all over where you can sit and eat. In my nest post I’ll share some of the food (hint – I had food from the steam train on the left).

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One of the places you have to visit is Alexanderplatz. It is the site of so much history, in particular the Alexanderplatz demonstration on 1989, just before the wall came down. Over 1.5 million protesters gathered in what was the biggest protest ever in East Germany, so of course it was somewhere we had to visit.

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But we were somewhat startled to find that we had stepped into a very large African market. We (purely by chance) selected Africa week to visit Alex, so the square was fulled with African goods for sale (think Greenmarket square or Long Street in Cape Town), and African bands playing on the stages. It was fun and entertaining, but not quote what we expected in the middle of Germany.

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Anybody care for some kurbiskernol – pumpkin seed oil?

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If you like fun fairs, then Riesenrad is the place for you. I have already posted some pics of the old ferris wheel, but there are plenty of activities for the more adventurous.

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There used to be a children’s swing at the local fair that came to my local park in Cape Town from time to time, and I loved riding on it. This swing is about 4 times as big as the one I used to ride on, and I am not quite sure if that boy is very happy about it.

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Entrance to the house of horrors – although I kind of like those trolls – they look to me like they could have stepped off the Discworld.

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This contraption (no it’s not made of Meccano) flings you into the air and then throws you back to the ground. Why? I have no idea!

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All, food!

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(Wild-west) food

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It is so easy to get fresh fish in Aegina; every restaurant has a great selection of local and fresh fish. In the middle of town there is a small fish market, surrounded by little seafood restaurants, and the fish is fantastic!

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One of the restaurants outside the fish market. I don’t recall the name of the fish that I ate, but it was a huge plate of really small sardine-like fish with soft bones. I just ate the entire fish, and they were really good! I am getting hungry just remembering my meal.

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When we arrived in Athens it was market-day in our street, so as soon as we dropped off our bags at our apartment we went straight downstairs to do some shopping for the week. The European fresh-produce markets are really fantastic. The quality is great and you can stock up on almost any produce for the week, and they are truly markets for the people.They are nothing like the markets in Cape Town which sell (to be fair excellent quality) expensive “artisan” produce catering for the upper-end consumer.

If I had a market like this near my house I would happily shop there every week.

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I shot this about 2 weeks ago at the Bluebird  Garage Market, which is held every Friday evening. While it is not close to the great European markets it’s nice to pop down for a drink or two, have some interesting food. Having said that, there is usually live music and craft beer, so it is worth popping down one Friday evening.

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Shot on a 35mm film camera, with a 50mm lens, using C41 black and white film. Much as I love shooting digital, there is still a special place for shooting in film, and never knowing quite how it came out until a few days after shooting.

It really teaches you to take your time, frame your pictures, check your settings, and to get the shot right in-camera (and to make plenty of mistakes).

Market of la Boqueria, Barcelona.

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