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In the mornings the markets open around the world. They offer fresh fruit and vegetables, cheeses, fish, meat and flowers. Some also sell a range of clothes and household items, handicraft and artisans work. Whether they are small and temporary like those on the streets of Baracoa or the permanent ones in Xochimilco, Dolac or Oaxaca, they are all meeting the needs of their own people and each is an expression of their culture.
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1. Vegetable stall, Xochimilco, Mexico. In Xochimilco, a suburb of Mexico City the market stalls are abundant with vegetables and various other goods - anything from food to flower pots and bed linen to children's clothing.
2. Dried chillies, Xochimilco, Mexico City. The sacks and baskets of fresh and dried chillies, and sweet fruits are for sale inside the roof covered market area.
3. Smoked meats, Guangxi, China. The image of various smoked meats was taken in the mountain village near Guilin.
4. Luohan guo fruits, Guilin mountains, China. Markets and food stalls often sell sacks or nets of the intriguing brown balls. It turned out these were fruits much sweeter than sugar and have been used in their native southern China as sugar substitute, also in medicine. The sweet flesh can be eaten while the shell makes a delicious tea.
5. Chillies, Daxu, Guangxi, China. The sacks of chillies are being sorted out in preparation for further processing.
6. Shredded cabbage, Poland. At the end of autumn the plastic bags with shredded cabbage and carrots are brought to many markets. People buy them to make sauerkraut at home. That is used during the long winter months to make a variety of delicious soups and stews.
7. Honey Pomelos, Guangxi, China. Autumn is the time when Guangxi honey pomelos ripen and can be bought at the markets and on the fruit stalls everywhere. The fruit has a delicate slightly acidic flavour. Used raw in salads, preserves or refreshing drinks it has the nutritional and medicinal properties.
8. Fruit stall, Warsaw, Poland. In many places in the city such colourful stands are set up. They sell mainly fruit or vegetables in season, and flowers.
9. A pottery stall in Chichen Itza, Mexico. Countless stalls cater for tourists, selling pottery, masks and figurines made of leather and wood, jewellery, beads, bags and many other items.
10. The artisans' market, Trinidad, Cuba. A delightful street market in Trinidad is buzzing with life. There are musical instruments on tiny stalls, white cotton clothes on the racks, pretty jewellery, handbags, belts and many such items. All of them are hand made by the local artisans.
11. Selling cheese, Krakow, Poland. The old market square fills with the picturesque stands during weekends or on special occasions. On the day this photo was taken the varieties of goat cheese and attractive lace doilies were brought from Slovakia to celebrate a national holiday.
12. Dolac market, Zagreb, Croatia. Dolac open market is located in the heart of the old city. The red umbrellas shelter the farmers and their produce from the hot sun. They also create a cheerful atmosphere for the shoppers. The stalls are full of lettuce, plump tomatoes, butter beans, peppers and many fruits.
13. A statue of a peasant woman, Zagreb, Croatia. Dolac Market is in a continuos use since 1930s. Located in the old city the market served women from the surrounding suburbs and villages who came there to shop. Many of them returned home on foot carrying the heavy baskets on their heads. The pictured statue commemorates all those hard working women.
14. A statue of Kerempuh, Zagreb, Croatia. The statue of a well known character from the Croatian ballads, poems and stories of the twentieth century, Petrica Kerempuh is the work of Vanja Radus. It stands surrounded by the flower stalls at the Dolac market.
15. Chiapa de Corzo, Mexico. The colourful arcade is full of little shops selling anything from the cotton dresses, shopping and leather bags, straw hats, ribbons, lampoons, paper toys and various decorative items. They seem to cater for tourists rather than for the local shoppers. Still it's a delightful place to visit.
16. Mole negro at Oaxaca market, Mexico. The pictured black paste is a base for the local specialty, a sauce called mole negro. It has many spices and ingredients including chocolate. Such paste is made into a thick sauce and served with meats.
17. Mushrooms for sale, Xochimilco, Mexico. The markets in Xochimilco are selling the locally grown produce since the fourteenth century. Outside the covered area the boxes are piled with herbs and vegetables, while inside there are the fruit stalls and booths trading in anything from eggs, meat and fish to clothes and household goods.
18. Rose petals, Puebla, Mexico. Dried rose petals are used for making teas. They can also be added to sauces and eaten with chicken in the traditional dishes.
19. Chamula market, Mexico. Fog is clinging to the slopes above the town but the main square is full of activities. It is Sunday and people came to the market to buy flowers for the church, vegetables, oranges or colourful woollen wraps and clothes.
20. Zinacantan handicraft, Mexico. The cream woolen poncho was made by the women from the Indian village of Zinacantan in the State of Chiapas.
21. Chamula women, Mexico. The two women were asked by the tourist guide to show his group how they prepare wool for making their clothes. Some girl pushes her way through to them wanting to buy one of the small bags. Instead of selling the item, the older woman shows her to wait while her companion giggles.
22. Fried crickets, Mexico. The markets of Mexico may surprise a visitor with the colours, smells and dizzying variety of food. On the wooden stalls women display baskets of red, yellow and black chillies, guavas, lemons, plums, countless vegetables, sweets and pyramids of the pictured delicacy, fried crickets.
23. Baracoa street markets, Cuba. A picturesque little town on the eastern side of the island is famous for being the first arrival point of Christopher Columbus, then for being the first settlement established by Diego Velasquez in 1511, and more recently for chocolate and coconut factories. Along the main street locals spread their stalls with shoes, clothes, toys or drinks.
24. Xochimilco canals, Mexico City, Mexico. This suburb is a reminder that Mexico City was once a waterworld with a network of canals and floating islands. Today the area is a popular weekend retreat. The bright wooden boats, much like those used by the Aztecs, ferry tourists and locals along the waterways. Some have the Mariachi bands aboard to entertain the guests. Others like the pictured one float around, selling food, drinks or flowers.
25. Almeda Park, Mexico City, Mexico. The park has been on that spot since the sixteenth century and was established on the grounds of an Aztec market. During the weekends people come there to relax and small vendors spread their colourful stalls like the pictured one with the wooden toys, balloons, sweets and all kinds of souvenirs.
26. Village market at Chamula, Mexico. High in the mountains of Chiapas the village women prepare the stands with their warm, colourful clothes for sale. They are all hand made and beautifully embroidered.
27. The church market at San Cristobal, Mexico. The Mayan women spread their stalls in the space around the Santo Domingo church. They sit embroidering or weaving and produce the most amazing articles of clothing and those for home decorations. The market is also an attraction for tourist.
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