Saturday, May 04, 2013
Went out to the Binnenrotte market this morning to get a few things for our dinner this evening, and because it is the most interesting market I've ever been to. It's a beautiful day, warm and sunny, and so I went out without a coat or jumper... while E was wearing a t-shirt, polo shirt and fleecy hoodie. He's a cold soul, needs to warm himself on some rocks before he can lose the layers!
The market is very varied... there are junky stalls which have everything from pots and pans to rugs and washing machines... you don't really get the wide variety of goods anywhere but car boot sales in the UK - some stalls are almost like antique shops, others have a lot of toys, christmas ornaments and plastic in them. They're mixed in with the usual types of clothes and household stalls, like the ones you would see in English markets too, selling phone covers and batteries etc.
There are quite a lot of foodie stalls, selling things ready to eat. We stopped for chips and mayonnaise, which is the traditional Dutch treat, from a van which was doing brisk trade.
There are serious cheese stalls, with a wide variety of Dutch cheese... I do not know why they give the impression to the rest of the world that they only produce Edam and Gouda - there are fantastic, wonderful cheeses in the Netherlands.
We bought courgette for the meal tonight, and mango for pudding.
At the end of the market street, there are flower beds which have been planted up in the most bizarre way. The corners of the bed had been filled with pansies, and then there was a sort of wasteland between that and the other corner which had been planted with small lavender plants. Now, I know the lavender will grow, but it still seems a bit bizarre.
There are exotic fruit stalls with papaya and fruits I don't even know the names of, bread stalls, stall with Turkish bread and pastries, a jumble of clothes - some new, some second hand.
At one end there is a flower market which had breathtaking flowers, and *so cheap*. They had some flowers which were obviously only going to last the weekend - three dozen roses for 5 euros though, armfuls of lovely flowers that would cost £30 or £40 in the UK for seven Euros.
I resisted until I came to a stall with peonies and ranunculus, and so I bought five pink hyacinths, a bunch of white ranunculus and a bunch of the peonies for 7.5 euros...they'd have been a lot more in the UK.
We popped into Marqt, which is the lovely organic supermarket on the corner of the street where the market was, to buy some yoghut and bread. I snapped a picture of E pulling our purchases home in his box on wheels.
And here are my flowers. They are a bit small for the vase, which we bought on one of the junk stalls. E has a vase of just the right size, but it's worth a bit and he declines to have me juggling flowers in it... can't think why.
On the way home I snapped my favourite tree. There isn't much green in this part of Rotterdam, and I miss it, so have adopted this tree, and I give it a pat when I pass it.