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Handbags and Gladrads?

Handbags and gladrags … need a reason?

Recession some say … need to tighten the belt, spend less money But, what if we still have to have holidays, go somewhere different to our normal home-life, just for a week or two? Somewhere accessible not requiring the carbon footprint of the world to get there? The food and drink is cheaper than at home, sun, sand, sangria ... Hmmm.

Local markets provide a myriad of color, lots of different things to eat (natural fresh vegetables and fruit, or street-vendor charm: fresh churros), cakes and pastries and to look at for wearing to fiestas ...

Perhaps coats and jackets to purchase to bring home? Shoes, clothes, handbags, accessories, music—samba rhythms, salsa or rumba beats blaring out, turron (a nougat-like candy made with almonds and honey)—there is the hard turron (like nut brittle made with almonds) or the soft turron—both just superb, spices, bee pollen and honey, bikinis for a fraction of the prices that the fashion stores charge, things to rub on your faces to do away with lines and wrinkles …

We decided to visit Santa Pola local market on a Saturday just recently. Now we have a normal indoor market that is open every weekday in Santa Pola proper. This, on the other hand, is Santa Pola local outside market that operates every Saturday and Monday only, located in the massive huge compound as you come into Santa Pola.

Very popular in the Summer time—by 10 a.m., the roads around the market are choc-a-bloc full of cars, trying to park, legally and sometimes illegally, anywhere where there’s a spot to squeeze-in—it pays to have a zippy small car, I think!

We found a park quite close to the market, no problems, though each week getting closer to summer more and more vacationers start to push up the volume, as the sun climbs higher over the horizon.

Fresh fruit and vegetables as far as the eye can see, very good prices too. Huge strawberries in season—yummy, and massive!

What do I spy? Handbags and more handbags. And, what do I like… everything?

The price-tags are pretty good too… though sometimes when you bargain, you can get the item for a lower price. I remember having my first taste of bargaining in the Covered Market (Grand bazaar) in Istanbul, then at the Khan El Khalili bazaar in Cairo, then in Djemma-El-Fna in Marrakech … and tantalizing aromas of spices, carpets ... But, it’s for another Jacquis’ Musings.

Even at the shoe and handbags outlet that we were at a few weeks ago, the prices were reasonable ... maybe too reasonable; and the choice—fantastic! And there are hundreds of shops in Elche, Santa Pola that sell handbags for a fraction of the high-street prices. More bargains?—you bet.

For photos and a full write-up, visit my personal Web site (URL is located in my profile) and click the “Jacquis Musings” section.

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