1 EAGLETON NOTES: European Market in Stornoway

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Tuesday, 10 August 2010

European Market in Stornoway

France has street markets.  They are a way of life.  Last week Stornoway had a European Street Market.  Somehow it didn’t have quite the same ambience and natural feeling that it would have in France.

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12 comments:

  1. Looks like our autumn market, usually in September. Going by how people seem to be dressed ... ;) ...

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  2. Looks brilliant to me. The cheese stall has to my favourite. the paella stall comes a close second and I'm not a big fan of paella. It's OK with soy sauce.
    I'll amend that the paella stall has my vote.
    Superb pictures, thanks.

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  3. Adrian. Was that an early finish to lunch then? A few minutes before your afternoon walk appointment! A walk sounds good. I'm spending my time trying to rescue the Laptop. It would have been easier to re-format and start again. I've most of the data saved bang up to date anyway.

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  4. Looks good to me...! And not at all how I remember Stornoway.
    Throughout the year Lanark has a few lovely markets like this too. Though I know what you mean - it always feels 'staged' and the people like reluctant bit players...

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  5. Looks like a very nice place to shot. Love the cheese selection!

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  6. I'm sure you're right about the feel but it's got to make pleasant change form the co-op!

    @Adrian, Good to see someone else likes soy sauce on paella. I get strange looks from people when I douse it with soy.

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  7. LML. You remember Stornoway? From long ago? It's changed out of all recognition since I first came here. But I suspect that you were, well, young, then. Even over the last 10 years there have been significant changes.

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  8. I guess when you live so close to other countries, it's natural to compare them. Whereas here we just go along and enjoy, and I would have enjoyed that market, I'm sure. Love the cheese stall and the thoughtful gent.

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  9. I remember Stornoway from long ago GB. Worked for a summer in Caberfeidh and another littler hotel (I forget the name - near the Callanish stones)whilst a student in '87. Travelled about the islands. Seems another lifetime ago.

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  10. The hotel near the Callanish Stones was possibly the Doune Braes. I say possibly on the basis that it's the only hotel nearer than Stornoway! I didn't realise that you'd lived here for a while.

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  11. Yes, I'm sure that was the name. Small hotel. Forecourt full of sheep (mind you I recall an island full of intransigent sheep); small busy bar and it did a roaring, very early morning trade in peat- cutter alcoholic top-ups...
    I recall a grim Minch crossing and a grim grey Stornoway with seals bobbing in the harbour. But astonishing beaches in Harris.
    I wasn't there a huge while. Only 6 weeks...

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  12. Six weeks is a long time in paradise (or hell for that matter!).

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