In America, we think we are hot stuff because of all our growing farmer's markets across the country. Or in Manhattan, a place like Eataly seems like a whole new invention. And then you go to Barcelona, which, like many cities in Europe, has a food market in the middle of the city that has been there forever. Actually, la Boqueria of Barcelona is (according to my Frommer's Guide) the largest in Europe. If you love food, la Boqueria is worth a visit to Barcelona in and of itself.
My daughter and I visited there a few weeks ago, and I took some pictures with my iPhone that, hopefully, give you a sense of what it's like.
First, you are greeted by the unabashedly pork-loving Catalans as you enter the market:
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