Shopping at the City Market

So despite the continuing rain we decided that we would brave the weather and see what we could find to do indoors.  Sydney had wanted to go down to the City Market and do some shopping so that was first on the list.  The rain had even stopped and looked like it was burning off as we got ready to hit the road.  So off we went, down the hill, through Tala, and on to Pahpos.  Most of the way down there was no big deal.  The roads need a bit of improvement (I’ve been on cobblestone street with fewer bumps) but they’re still wide enough to not freak you out – until you get downtown.  Then its a lot like a scene from one of the Borne movies where the tiny little bug car is barreling down alley ways barely big enough to walk through.  So yeah it was fun getting down there.  Once we did we found a nice big municipal lot to park in and thankfully Sydney saw the kiosk where you had to pay – not sure how to handle a parking ticket around here.  We plopped in our Euro coins and took off up the hill.  Now the market was fun – very similar to any beach town tourist trap that you’ve seen before – just in a building that had to be a few hundred years old.  As soon as we walking inside the merchants attacked.  A very sweet seemingly 100 year old woman wanted to sell us handmade table cloths and napkins (most of which would’ve barely made the garage sale rack back home) for a few good price of just a few hundred Euro – just for us since we looked like such nice people.  We had to pass but it took us a good ten minutes to wrestle our way free.  The rest of the market was pretty much the same – everyone sold the same touristy junk and everyone insisted that you stop and look around and their pile of touristy junk.  Sydney’s tacky streak was in heaven!  Pictures are below so you can all revel in the fun!

We found the city post office on the way down - awesome old building...
Check it out! Two lanes!
Things are starting to shrink down a bit here...
Here's another fun little road...
Sydney found where to get your ticket to prove you paid to park
Main entrance to the marketplace...
Main gate again...
Just in case you need one...
Any ladies need a hanky?
Sydney perusing the merchandise...
Where to get your smoke and booze on!
Walking around the market...
Just a neat old door...
Walking around the market...
Buing is cheap!
Sydney in front of the market - overlooking the water...

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