From the humid delights of Singapore, on we flew to Melbourne, our first visit to what has turned out to be a very lovely, very friendly city, located on the Yarra River in the south of Australia.
We really are Down Under with the seasonal changes being all back to front! The leaves are turning on the trees and I confess to a huge feeling of relief that back home in Turkey we will be going right into summer.
Victoria Market is described as ‘Victoria’s premier open-air market’ and has been around since 1878. Just mention the word market to me and I’m all set so on Saturday morning off we went to see what it was all about.
We had an early start so first things first: breakfast in one of the small cafes inside the market.
They don’t do things by halves here: portions are generous and the coffee is universally excellent but it all comes at a price.
We had fun strolling through the Fruit & Vegetable section, eager to spot those items that were either unknown to us or else just ‘different’!
I thought of my recent Bodrum post re loquats: I see now that they resemble each other in size and colour, that’s all!
Everything that was proclaimed organic was, I thought, probably just that: really organic, unlike in Turkey where we are all too familiar with the market cry of ‘organik!’ when the produce is most probably not.
50% of this market is devoted to the sale of fresh produce including fruit & veg, fish, meat, cheeses and breads.
The rest – ah the rest! – is devoted to all sorts of tempting stuff at very reasonable prices. Take it from me, it was a LOT of fun!