The spice stall
Local markets are probably my favorite place to spend time in a new city. You can learn an incredible amount about local culture by wandering around the market and seeing what’s for sale, which usually includes everything from local produce to local fashion. Jerusalem’s old city has an extensive market. Parts of it are geared nearly completely to tourism and you’ll find stall after stall of t-shirts, rugs and trinkets, BUT, if you wander off a bit down the side streets you’ll encounter the local market stalls. We passed this vendor selling spices, clearly still close to the tourist center as the labels are in English, and the smells were intoxicating. I want to bottle it up and be able to take it with me…perhaps a new flavor of scratch-and-sniff is in order?