Yesterday (Friday) was one of the six vacation days I have taken during August.
I started the day with a nice but short 40 km bike ride (away from the coast,
it was already 37C by 10 a.m., so I did not want to be in the mountains too
long), then went to the city to walk around Mercado Central a bit, and finally
to El Campello harbour in late afternoon to check on the cats that live in the
fishing part of the harbour. The cats were nowhere to be seen—I suppose they
were hiding from heat somewhere—but instead I bumped into the daily fish
auction. Quite uniquely, in El Campello part of the daily catch is sold to the
general public starting at 6 p.m. The auction is a Dutch auction, with a
starting price that is reduced in increments of 0.10 Euro (prices are per kg of
the fish in question) until someone buys it. Each fisherman sets a minimum
price below which no sale will occur (the fish will then be sold through the
regular wholesale channel or simply taken home and consumed by the fisherman).
I did not buy anything, but I did get some photos.
The fishing boats, all done with the day’s work, cleaned up, and ready for the
The trays of fish are brought out:
Each tray is marked with the total weight (here, 1.1 kg), as well as the name
of the boat, the zone where it was caught (in this case, all close to our
town), and the date of catch (here, today):
Before starting the auction, the auctioneer explains the rules and entertains
the children a bit:
And then down to business:
Touting the virtues of the sardine:
Most of the buyers were locals, although I did hear someone speaking Dutch. And
outside in the sun, a gang of French elderly residents were playing pétanque.
But that will the subject of another post.
PICTURE OF THE WEEK: http://www.fotocycle.dk/paws
Themed Olympus Photo Exhibition: http://www.tope.nl/