Monday, February 7, 2011

Marché d'Aligre -- Paris Market XI




There are many street markets in Paris but on my recent trip in December we discovered one of the livliest, Marché d'Aligre... With an abundance of produce designed to sell, there is much noise as the vendors hawk their goods, shouting in various languages about their quality all while slicing specimens of fruit with grand flourishes!





The colors were exquisite and the people-watching would have been worth buying a ticket. No billet necessary! I have many more photos to show in the weeks ahead.






Marché d'Aligre

Rue d'Aligre et Rue Beccaria





38 comments:

o2 said...

It sure is the liviest! And they say it's also one of the cheapest! Your photo is very lively !!

Viennese Girl Vreni said...

Oh, I know the Marché d´Aligre very well! Last July I stayed in an apartment near this street market.

Bibi said...

Been there and it is great!!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

He has such a beautiful strong face - these are the real characters who make up Paris today.
I wonder if he is born there or a recent arrival - whichever, he is representative of the breadth of cultures in this wonderful city!
hugs
Shane

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» didn't know about this market. It's now on the must-see list for the next visit to Paris...

RICHARD MOISAN said...

Les petits marchés de quartier ont un charme fou. En plus, ils ont l'avantage de présenter des produits frais et, souvent, bon marché. Moi aussi, j'aime cette ambiance, et je suis sensible aux couleurs intenses des marchands de fruits et légumes.
Bon début de semaine, Genie!

Shell Sherree said...

Those fresh herbs look plush and beautiful!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Great shot! It captures the chaos and joy of finding produce in a market.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Fascinating!

Harriet said...

Isn't it great that a city as cosmopolitan as Paris has so many traditional 'markets' all over town.

Helen said...

Genie, I'll take a bunch of mint and a bunch of flat-leaf parsley please.

Lovely photo (as always) - full of colour and life.

JM said...

Great portrait!

Cezar and Léia said...

I'm enjoying your pictures from this marketing!
Cool!
Léia

M said...

Great candid photo -- love the arched eyebrows ... makes me wonder what he's thinking. The colors are crisp and fresh just like the herbs.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

o2 -- We did notice the prices as being less than some of the other markets... merci, I like lively!

Vreni -- There is so much to see in that area and it would be fun to be nearby... It has a definite neighborhood feel to it

Bibi -- Merci

Shane -- He has a kind face and with all of the activity, it was not too difficult to capture some candid profiles

Louis -- I have been someplace that you have not? Definitely put it on your list just for the "slice of life" feel to it.

Richard -- Merci, mon ami et je te souhaite une bonne semaine aussi.

Shell -- Fresh herbs, fruits, vegetables, cheese, honey, meats, seafood... all so very fresh

Brittany -- Ah yes, there was a healthy dose of chaos too!

Carol -- You are going to love the colors here...

Harriet -- Yes, and I love the different "flavors" of the various neighborhood markets

Helen -- Yes, I can almost smell it from here! Merci...

JM -- Merci, mon ami

Léia -- Merci, and I wish that I was there shopping for my diner tonight...

Rob said...

A grand candid photo, love this style - people in their element. Which section of the city is this?

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Rob -- Merci... It is in the 12ième arr., Métro Ledru-Rollin

Her highness, Samantha Vérant said...

What an awesome photo! What kind of camera do you use???? Or have I asked this...and forgot? At any rate, inquiring minds want to know! (I love going to the market!)

Alexa said...

He had that beautiful bunch of mint (?) all ready for its photo op. Now I'm craving a real thé a la menthe, in a glass and filled with mint leaves. Very nicely captured, Genie!

Malyss said...

There's always so much to see in markets! very pleasant places!

Krunal said...

nicely captured portrait

Loree said...

Did I ever tell you how much I love markets? And this one seems particularly interesting. Keep those photos coming.

Virginia said...

OH this is a terrific portrait Genie. J'adore Paris markets. Don't know the street. You'll have to fill me in.
V

fiziskandarz said...

i really like the expression u capture of this man. the market must be a great place to observe the locals day to day life :)

Dianne said...

Colourful indeed - I can even smell the mint - I love Le marche de Paris

Ninny said...

Sounds like a great place to people watch!

Liz

Rob said...

I live near there! You should see the clean-up operation afterwards!

Rob x

http://rob-a-paris.blogspot.com

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Samantha -- I use a Nikon D70S which has been acting a bit cranky on my last two trips... I'm sure that sand and rain and the elements have nothing to do with it - hah!

Alexa -- I think that would be a perfect beverage right now... merci, mon amie!

Malyss -- This one has some of everything!

Krunal -- Merci, and I hope that you will visit again!

Loree -- It was neither raining nor snowing on this market day which made for good photo opportunities

Virginia -- Merci, and thanks for not mentioning the blur as he is waving the herbs about - hah!

fiziskandarz -- You are absolutely right and you can see all ages, all backgrounds, a little of everything...

Dianne -- The colors are so vibrant that they look artificially painted!

Liz -- Plenty of people, little people in strollers, people with canes, and pets

Rob -- I think that the website even shows a photo of the clean-up operation... Very neat location to live in Paris!

Amanda said...

i didn't know sean connery was selling produce in paris! ;-)

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Amanda -- Tu as raison! I knew that he looked familiar and you have put the name on him! Merci, mon amie!

Steven said...

My Farmer's Market does not open till May 1st. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Steven -- I am so sad for you (and me also)... In Paris they are open year-round with more root vegetables offered in the winter... Hang on, May will eventually be here!

Randy said...

Great shot and I'll bet the mint made the air smell wonderful!

Jack said...

I love spontaneous market photos. Some of my favorite photos on trips are taken of the vendors. In fact, until about three weeks ago I used one of them as my desktop background photo. (Maybe it helped that it was a pretty woman with a big smile . . . )

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Jack -- Well, that would indeed make for a lovely background... If I could just be invisible with my camera I could get so many more candid shots...

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My Castle in Spain said...

I love that market ! my first address in Paris was in the 11th and i used to go to marché d'Aligre from time to time..so lively ! thank you for the happy pic ! :-)

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Lala -- It is interesting that all those who live or have lived in Paris already know about this market but it seems to be less of a tourist destination... Perhaps that is why I loved it so!