A recent trip to Marrakech confirmed yet further our love for markets, from the narrow pink alleyways of the souks in Marrakech to the gathering of market barrows in Borough Market; from the flowers in Covent Garden and the spice and vegetable carts of Rajasthan to the fish market in Tokyo (now moving I believe).  The heart and soul of a city can often be found in these crowded squares, packed with vibrancy and excitement.

Often the products themselves are overwhelming, the various spices, vegetables and fruits combined with the exotic and often weird and wonderful; the characters of the market sellers themselves from Berbers to Cockney’s, their call outs and sales techniques – some hilariously funny, often cheeky and filled with banter.

There is a great social element to it all, the chance to chat and explore, the ability to touch and smell a product, the temptation to try something new. The atmosphere is always alive, a buzz is in the air and for some reason it just feels good to be there.

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