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  • Sam in front of the main entrance.
    Sam in front of the main entrance.
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  • Fresh fish!
    Fresh fish!
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  • Heading for the fresh meat section.
    Heading for the fresh meat section.
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    The last fishes

    by JLBG Updated Nov 20, 2004

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    This booth is specialized in brancin (sea perch) of medium size. I seems that a large part of the fish that are sold here are not from fishing wild fishes but from fish nurseries. There are for example many fish nurseries in the Limski Kanal (the Fjord of Lim).

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    Fish everywhere

    by JLBG Updated Nov 20, 2004

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    Here, you will also find all of these fishes. Istria (Pula) is most probably, one of the places where I have found the greatest variety of fishes and crustaceans, with some species, for example the famous fangtooth murray that the Roman emperors used to feed with enemies. I had never tasted one and would have liked to try !

    What to buy: fish and sea food

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    Fish and fish

    by JLBG Updated Nov 20, 2004

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    Here, you will find Brancin (sea perch), Barbun (red mullet), List (sole), Tunj (thunny), gamba (shrimp). On the next booth, there were Musule (Noah's arches) which are not often found on markets, but not very tasty. Everything comes directly from the neighboring sea and is therefore of the most absolute freshness !

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    School of fish

    by JLBG Updated Nov 20, 2004

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    In this booth, there is much variety : srdel (sardins), barbùn (red mullet), list (dover sole or common sole), skuse (mackerel), Skusa (atlantic mackerel), racici (shrimps) and a lot of other items. In another booth, there were Ugor (fangtooth murray). I would like to have tasted it but we were not to go "home" until late evening and it would not have kept well for such a long time, owing to the temperature. Too bad !

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    The fish market

    by JLBG Updated Nov 20, 2004

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    No other fish market in Istria can compete with Pula. It has all sorts of fish and seafood, and everything is of the highest freshness. Here there are brancin (sea perch) and dagnje (mussels). In the middle of the picture, there are various fish that are tasty but full of bones and good for fish soup.

    What to buy: Fish and sea food

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    Steel work

    by JLBG Updated Nov 19, 2004

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    This picture gives a close up on the steel work of the city market and more specifically on the delicately designed balustrade of the first floor. It may not be the original one as the style looks more recent and might be 1920-1930.

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    The city market, 1903

    by JLBG Updated Nov 19, 2004

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    A representation (it seems to be a photography) of the outside of the market in 1903, upon its opening, has been displayed in a round brass frame. Since then there has been only minor changes on the overall aspect of the building.

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    Inside the city market, westwards

    by JLBG Updated Nov 19, 2004

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    Probably on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the building of the city market, a decor picturing a female customer from the 1900 period has been displayed. She does not wear any hat, which means she is not a lady as it would have been very inappropriate for a lady to go out with hair showing ! She, then must be the maid of a wealthy family !

    What to buy: Any food

    Address: Downtown

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    Inside the city market, eastwards

    by JLBG Updated Nov 19, 2004

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    A dozen bars and cafeterias mostly use the upper level of the city market. A powerful system of air extraction can be seen on the picture and ensures the renewal of the air and a mean temperature, even in full summer.

    What to buy: A drink !

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    Bread

    by JLBG Updated Sep 15, 2004

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    I had found elsewhere (in Morocco and in Spain for example) that it was possible to find easily in supermarkets goods that were otherwise difficult to find when you don't know well enough the country and don't know where to go for a something a little specific.

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    Cool

    by JLBG Updated Sep 15, 2004

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    Plane trees grow in most of the Mediterranean countries and provide a very pleasant shade for markets, for cafes or just for anybody. However, they do not grow everywhere. They don't care for heat but need a lot of water. When plane trees grow, that means that water is not far under the surface of the soil.

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    Flowers

    by JLBG Updated Sep 15, 2004

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    At one end of the market are a few booth that sell plants and flowers. Why are they shaded by a "Ozujsko pivo" (Ozujsko beer) parasol is a mistery. Unless these plants are sprinkled with beer ! (which is adviced for some broad leaves indoor plants).

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    Outdoor market

    by JLBG Updated Sep 15, 2004

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    When it was built, the city market hosted all foods. Along the time, as everywhere else, it became too small and now fruits and vegetables providers are outside, under large plane-trees that give a thick shade and keep the place cool, even in full Summer.

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    The builders

    by JLBG Updated Sep 15, 2004

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    The black marble plate says (in Italian) : "Built by the city in 1903, beeing in charge Lodovico Rizzi, ingeneer, Jacopo Lodovico Münz, the ironwork from the plant in Witkowitz" (the translation may need some editing !).

    Nota : Vitkovice (or Witkowitz) is now in the Czech republic. The Witkowitz ironworks were bought by Salomon von Rothschild in 1843.

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    The city market

    by JLBG Updated Sep 15, 2004

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    The city market of Pula belongs to this generation of covered markets built all over Europe at the turn of the XIXth century with an iron structure. "Les Halles de Paris", now destroyed, were of the same type.

    What to buy: Any food

    Directions: Downtown

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