The colors of a Roman Market

Markets and Photography seem to go hand in hand. At least inside my head! I love the colors and the smells and atmosphere of fresh food markets. I was recently in Rome and thanks to House Trip for hosting me in Rome, and Context Travel for arranging our market tour followed by our cooking lesson with Eleonora. I had an amazing tour of a locals market in Rome. Our wonderful guide, Eleonora Baldwin took us on a tour through the Mercato Trionfale, the market where Roman’s do their shopping! Afterwards we had a cooking lesson and enjoyed a big group lunch, to read more about that read my Living & Eating Like a Local…in Rome blog!

Fruit’s & Veggie’s

Mercato Trionfale, Market, Rome, Italy, Food Picture

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Mercato Trionfale, Market, Rome, Italy, Food Picture

Cheese

Mercato Trionfale, Market, Rome, Italy, Food Picture, Cheese

Meat

Mercato Trionfale, Market, Rome, Italy, Food Picture

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Fish

Mercato Trionfale, Market, Rome, Italy, Food Picture

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Prepared Food

Mercato Trionfale, Market, Rome, Italy, Food Picture

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Packaged Food (and don’t forget the wine!)

Mercato Trionfale, Market, Rome, Italy, Food Picture

Mercato Trionfale, Market, Rome, Italy, Food Picture

All opinions in this post are my own.

Interesting Links:

House Trip, Apartments in Rome and worldwide

Context Travel, Tours in Rome and worldwide

Eleonora Baldwin, Italian Culinary Adventures

Mercato Trionfale, Roman Market Place

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Living & Eating Like a Local in Rome!

Rome like a local. It’s so refreshing to return to a city i have been to, but be able to absorb a new side of it. Having been to Rome many times before i was looking forward to “living Rome like a local” with House Trip. I was really excited to see Rome from a different angle and it was well worth it!

Woman in Rain, Rome, Italy

To start with, my fantastic host Ryan Levitt with House Trip made me feel right at home as soon as I arrived at my apartment. House Trip currently have 848 properties in Rome to choose from with prices starting from £23/night. They also offer over 92K rentals worldwide. I am totally converted and might never stay in a hotel again! Our group in Rome were spread among three separate apartments in three distinct areas on the city. A very large apartment, with an amazing view of the Colosseum, a simple one bedroom apartment with a bit of class located in the Trastevere neighborhood, and the final apartment near Campi di Firoe with low ceilings with wooden beans. All three were well maintained and very comfy. I stayed in an apartment in Trastevere, the area is full of life. There are several universities in the area and the streets are lined with cafe’s and restaurants and full of locals. Upon arrival and after settling in Kirsten Alana, my roommate for the duration of my time in Rome, and I took to wandering the area, eating gelato and enjoying the crowds of locals in the neighborhood.

Gelato in Rome, Italy

Apartments in Rome:

The beautifully and spaciousness apartment with an amazing view of the Colosseum. (From £297 GBP / USD $454 / €358 per night)

Trastevere apartment, a true living like a local feeling, away from the crowded tourist attractions! (From £117 GBP / USD $186 / €141 per night)

Beautiful low beamed ceiling apartment near Campo di Fiori with a traditional rustic feel. (From £185 GBP / USD $295 / €223 per night)

Kirsten Alana & Angie Orth, Colosseum, Rome, Italy
Kirsten Alana & Angie Orth sitting in the Colosseum Apartment window!

Food, Food, and more Food!

Starting off at a coffee shop with an espresso and pastry early in the morning, we grouped for our market tour. I am a huge market fan, I love the colors, the smells, watching people go about their normal daily shopping routines. Our guide Eleonora walked us though the market sharing all types of details with us while we picked up items that were needed for our lunch that afternoon. The smells and the tastes were heavenly. It is so easily to get lost in a place like this! We eventually made our way back to the apartment near the Colosseum where we enjoyed a cooking lesson taught by Eleonora our guide, followed by my favorite, our big group lunch!

Lunch at Pierluigi, Rome, Italy

After an afternoon full of busy work and relaxing, we headed out for a guided dinner. We regrouped at a small family restaurant near the Pantheon called, Armando al Pantheon. The food was fanatic! Our guide Gina, as well as the chef, spoke to us about the dishes served to us. We had something like 7 or 8 courses, pastas, meats, buffalo mozzarella, vegetables, and a fantastic desert they called tiramisu, however it was nothing like any tiramisu I have ever had before. Gina was full of information to share with us about the history of food in Rome and the amazing food we were eating.

Cooking Lesson lunch with Eleonora, Rome, Italy

Both of these tours brought out a side of Rome I had never experienced before. Food. I have always travelled on such a small budget, normally sharing a pizza and never having more than a single course at any given meal. I will admit that my favorite of the three meals was the lunch we ate near Campo di Fiori at Pierluigi, this was not a guided lunch, but we had some fantastic dishes. It was a perfect end, filled with amazing food, fantastic people and great conversation!

Guided dinner with Gina, Armando al Pantheon, Rome, Italy

A big thanks to Context Travel for arranging our guided market tour and our guided dinner! They arrange tours in cities around the world. And of course I want to thank House Trip for inviting me on this adventure. All opinions in this post are my own.

Interesting Links:

House Trip, Apartments in Rome and worldwide

Context Travel, Tours in Rome and worldwide

Eleonora Baldwin, Italian Culinary Adventures

Gina Tringali, Food & Travel Writer

Armando al Pantheon Restaurant

Pierluigi Restaurant

Kirsten Alana, Aviators and a Camera

Angie Orth, Angie Away

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A day on the town…NYC!

I have visited New York city more then I can count over the years. In recent years most of my trips into the city was for dinner and a show or for a few beers thanks to my friends who live on the Hudson river with a great view of mid-town Manhattan. However, a good friend of mine who currently lives in Bath, England was going to be in town. So I took a very early train ride up to the city for the day. We had a fantastic time with our day out on the town. Not only was it nice to catch up, but to have a friend to wander the streets and see something new with.

nyc, New York

We started our morning at Penn station, although we didn’t plan a meeting point well, it only took about 20 minutes of us both wandering in circles for those circles to intersect! We immediately headed out to the High Line. This was new to me, as I was unaware that this had even existed until the night before when someone mentioned I should consider walking it while I was there. It just so happened that this was also the top of Zoe’s todo list.

nyc, New York

For those of you also unfamiliar, the high line is a pedestrian walkway along a former elevated rail track in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan (Opened in 2009). It is a fantastic walk through the city, above the street level sounds and dirt. There is tall grass growing on the edges, some cherry and dog wood trees to name a few, several sculptures, several spots to relax in the sun and even an area to watch movies! There was also several sitting/viering area’s set up that encouraged viewers to stop and take a seat while overlooking the busy city streets.

nyc, New York

We walked the full length, and this left us right where we wanted to be, around the corner from the Chelsea Market. We stopped and had a light lunch while enjoying the marketplace. The marketplace was formerly owned by the National Biscket Company and is the location where the Oreo cookie was invented! Tis is a fun and artistic place to stop and eat with a wide variety of eating establishments and a few stores along the way.

nyc, New York

nyc, New York

Following our lunch we had every intention of heading for Central Park, as I was a child last time I had been to the park and was hoping to spend the brisk afternoon observing locals and tourists alike enjoying their afternoon out. However, on our subway ride the Bryant Park station appeal highly to us, so we stopped. We ordered ourselves large hot chocolates (delicious!) and wandered over to the Southwest Porch bar to spike our drinks and sit under a heating lap for an hour catching up. We enjoyed ourselves so much, the only reason we decided to leave was that we finished our hot chocolate!

nyc, New York

We did finally make it to Central Park were we stopped for a hot dog, just because it’s iconic, and wandered the lower end of the park for a bit before making our way down to the Flatiron District. It is likely that we would have not bothered to make it down to this end of town if it wasn’t for meeting another friend of mine who lives in the city for a quick drink. The Flatiron district gets it’s name from a building that literally is shaped like a flatiron. By this time we were hungry again and had just under two hours before we both had to catch trains back to where we started our mornings.

nyc, New York

nyc, New York

It just so happened we were standing outside of Eataly, an Italian Marketplace in NYC and had been recommended to go there. Although we were both unfamiliar, this is evidently a very popular place for eating, drinking and doing a bit of shopping! We shared a gorgeous Capricciosa pizza. We would have also shared a bottle of wine if we had enough time, but instead ordered a glass each. What a great day out, and I highly suggest Eataly if you are in the area.

nyc, New York

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Moroccan Markets & Hospitality

I was only in Morocco for a quick day tour. My friends and I paid for a private tour to see the highlights. When it was time to leave to catch the early ferry back to Spain, we decided that we wanted to stick around until the later ferry because we just weren’t done yet. So the day went on, and we continued exploring the beautiful creations made locally in the market place.

Food Market

I have visited markets in different countries and they seem to be a dying art. There was a time when people went everyday to buy fresh food to cook for dinner, these days it seems to be grocery stores and how much can we fit into our freezer. In the states, most markets I have been to have been farmer’s markets that are held once a month or once a week. I love the concept of buying fresh fish, veggies and bread everyday! The food market we visited in Morocco was a wonder of smells and full of people. We walked in through the fish market, made our way through the meats, vegetables, spices and dried foods and onto other sorts of goodies. We spent no where near long enough for me to get many pictures, but I captured what I could as I walked through, almost all the people stopped to smile (even though I didn’t take many images of them!) It would have been fun to stop and purchase something sweet to eat as well, but our guide, who probably didn’t get a commission from the market, was not a fan of the idea.

Morocco Morocco

Morocco Morocco Morocco

Rugs and other handmade goods

I have no doubt our tour guide told the salesman that we weren’t the buying type, because there was no hassling, but we did get a full explanation and the opportunity to view many of the beautiful rugs that were for sale. One of the shops we went into had a beautiful older woman working away on a handmade rug. These markets were several stories tall, full of hand made crafts, ceramics, wooded chests, mirrors, clothing, jewelry and of course rugs! These were amazing treasures, although we didn’t buy much, we did enjoy looking. One shop owner even allowed us up to his roof where they lay out the carpets in the sun for drying.

Morocco

Morocco Morocco Morocco

Morocco Morocco Morocco

Morocco

Morocco Morocco

Hospitality

Morocco is well known for mint tea. Evidently it is rude to turn down an offer. Since we had plenty of time to kill at the end of our tour and shopping adventures, our tour guide took us to the famous Hotel Continental. We sat on the balcony overlooking the port and enjoyed a refreshing glass of mint tea. This is where we met Jimmi, a businessman at Hotel Continental. Jimmy is a lovely man who took us on a tour of his gift shop and shared a few good stories of the famous people he has met over time. He is a humble and jolly man who my friends and I bonded with quickly in the short time we had. He was ever so kind and gave to myself and my friend Kim necklace’s as gifts. A necklace I will always treasure and repeat the story of where it came from for hopefully a long time.

Morocco

Morocco Morocco

Morocco

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Travel Photo Roulette #36: Depth of Field – My Entry for 2/7/2012

Photo Roulette #36, Depth of Field… Immediately upon reading this week’s theme I thought of my journey to Tangier Morocco a few months back. The market places were a haven for depth of field shots, here is my favorite that I took while in the food market.

Olives

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#FriFotos “Best of 2011”, December 23, 2011

Happy Hanukkah & Happy Christmas.

Along with a few of my camel shots, this is what made my Holiday Card this year, so it makes sense to be my personal Best of 2011.

Travel’s in Spain:

bull fight, Mijas, Spain, Costa del Sol flamenco dancers, Mijas, Spain, Costa del Sol

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Travel’s in Gibraltar & Morocco:

Apes, Rock of Gibraltar, Gibraltar Food Market, Tangier, Morocco

Travel’s in Scotland:

Edinburgh, Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland

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Cheers!