Monday, October 27, 2008

Spice is the variety of life

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Shalom and welcome to Jerusalem's Old City. This is Rechov HaShalshelet (in Hebrew) or Bab el Silsileh (in Arabic), a main bazaar street in the Muslim Quarter.

Come into the spice shop, a pleasure to the nose and eye. What here is labeled "coffee spice" is cardamon. In Arabic and Hebrew it is called hel. Ahh, so fragrant added to Turkish coffee, and healthy for the heart too.

Spices from near and far! The owner must have a fortune invested here.

And he sells incense too. Remember how the three Magi/Wise Men brought frankincense and myrrh to Bethlehem for Christmas? Here it is!

Need some nard? It smells heavenly.

Shelves full of spices. Or perhaps you buy a hooka/nargilla/shisha, yes Madam?
Then you can put that (some of these leaves) in your pipe and smoke it. :)

Then too, there's essence. So many oils.

This is a picture of what I love about Jerusalem, the Old City, the Street of the Chain, and this shop: you literally rub shoulders with residents of every religion and with visitors of every color from all over the world. And as we all know, variety is the spice of life.
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51 comments:

Luiz Ramos said...

Beautiful your World with goods, spices and your people.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Dina,
I think I'd really enjoy visiting that market. Just the thought of the aroma of fresh cardamon sounds wonderful. Mmmmm. I didn't know about adding it to coffee!!

These are fabulous photos. I'm so glad I visited you today.

fishing guy said...

Dina: I am so glad you have come on board to share the Holy Land with us. That is quite the shop with all of those spices. I do think I would be sneezing with all those different smells.

Louise said...

I MUST go to this place someday. I'm sure the aroma is intoxicating. And all those bins full of spices. So enticing!

Reader Wil said...

You are the perfect guide, who gives the right information and show us your world in such a way that we want to go there too. Thanks!

ewok1993 said...

This is a terrific post. I can smell the pungent spices and the aroma of the market. What a treat to see this. See you next week.

kjpweb said...

Ah - the bazaar. I remember the scents and the narrow passways as if it was yesterday! Wonderful!
Great images. And memories for me.
Cheers, Klaus

WillThink4Wine said...

With my allergies, I am afraid I would not be able to spend very much time in there! It looks delightful!

marcia@joyismygoal said...

Oh my i would so enjoy that market i can almost smell it

imac said...

Beautiful part of the world, and the photos are great.

Maria said...

I DO love the motto of your post! And the pictures of the spices are fabulous! I can also smell the aroma! I am also happy that I came across your blog! The first picture is especially beautiful and atmospheric!
Thank you for sharing!

Webradio said...

Très surprenant comme marché !
beaucoup d"épices différnets...

Joli post Dina !

Carver said...

Fascinating post and a great photographic sequence. I can almost smell the delightful fragrances of the spices while I read and look at this post.

Leora said...

That's a very spicy post. I liked it!

Cicero Sings said...

Those spices all look so intriguing!

I have and use Frankincense and Myrrh Essential oils.

I've never smelled Nard.

Katney said...

Wonderful post! Thanks for inviting us on your spice tour.

Migs CFL fan said...

Very nice pics. I really hope to visit Israel one day. Thanks for sharing!

Cheers!
Regina In Pictures

ichandrae said...

beautiful rich tapestry of life from the Old Jerusalem.

shalom
thankyou.

babooshka said...

Now this really is what my world is all about. I really feel I am virtually at least stepping into another past of the world whenever I am here.

Ms. Hays said...

Wow, a post from Jerusalem!!! I really CAN travel the world through blogging - this is sooo cool!!!

Sylvia K said...

The market looks wonderful! So glad I found your site. I'll be back!

Wren said...

I was once able to visit there, and loved the experience for the same reasons you do. And those spices ... I have Cardamon in my coffee every morning, but it comes in a little bottle from the supermarket, not such and interesting and "super" market.

Texas Travelers said...

Beautiful part of your World. I love the spices and great photos.

Thanks for all the hard work and thought that you must have done to produce such an excellent post.

Looking forward to more.

Come visit anytime,
Troy and Martha

#2, Big Bend, is posted
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2sweetnsaxy said...

Wow! This was a wonderful post. I can almost smell those scents. I would really love to have something like that around here. Thanks so much for sharing this!

kaybee said...

Wow -- what an incredible array of spices, colours, smells and views!

If I was there, I would want to take a tiny pinch of each to try out -- but no free samples I expect!

Thanks, Dina, for this amazing look, once again, in your world!

Arija said...

Dina, this is a wondeful and wonderfully presented post. I brought back frankinsence from Oman and love cardamon. I just adore your spice shop and could lose myself for days in it. Thank you.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Oh my I would be bankrupt, this looks like utter heaven, you are very lucky.

Kris said...

I’d love to smell this place.

Did you pick up any bargains?

Lawstude said...

Thank you for the wonderful tour. This 2nd week of meme really makes us appreciate the many places that we don't usually see or ever had a chance to visit like the one you showed me in this post. Hope you get to have time to check my world too. Another great job and more to come in the coming weeks.

A Blog In The Rough said...

Wow, I can just smell all those scents! very nice photos :)

Kay said...

Oh Wow, Dina! This is so fabulous! I especially love that first photo. There's so much color and history in your part of the world. Perhaps someday, we will come to visit.

Mar said...

What a treat to have a view of this fabulous bazaar street! I can almost smell those spices! Beautiful.

Greyscale Territory said...

Love these shots! i had no diea about the huge range of spices! And this is the first time I have seen frakincense and myrrh. Wonderful, informative post!

the donG said...

wow! i didnt know spices can come in many varieties.

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

thank you so much for this tour of your spice market dina - truly amazing!

Neal said...

Interesting. I would love to get to your world one of these days. I'm going to have to watch your blog....if I can't visit in person I can at least see it from your view.

Jedediah said...

Mmmm, cardamon, one of my favourite spices. It's a pity that the photos don't come with smell, but the colour are enough to make me go on a shopping spree at the bazaar.

gen/entry here said...

WOw that's a lot of spices awesome...Hubby will love to visit that kind of place...TC

spacedlaw said...

Mmm, those spices!And REAL incense too! I can almost smell them all.

mommanator said...

luvely my dear, as usual!

richies said...

I have always wanted to visit Jerusalem, and your photos aren't helping. A really lovely set of photos. Makes me almost feel like I've been there. Thank You.

An Arkie's Musings

ga.farmwoman said...

Hi Dina,
The market looks wonderful. I enjoyed looking at all the different spices. I could almost smell the incense!
Great photos.
Enjoyed my visit to your World so much!
Pam

AphotoAday said...

That spice shop really looks interesting... A colorful and vast array of mysterious substances... Great photos... Wish I could visit...

Inkivääri said...

Really tasty post today - njam:)

The Tile Lady said...

Wow! This is truly a beautiful post! So fascinating to learn about Jerusalem. Yes, variety is the spice of life! I love the melding of cultures in your post, and I feel like I have taken a quick visit to the spice shop there without ever leaving my desk! You are so kind to share it with us! Thanks a million! Love your post.
Marie

Agring said...

Wow! look at those spices.I'm sure the have different smell and aroma. Thanks for sharing Jerusalem with us.

Gretchen said...

Incredible colors and photos! Thanks for sharing your world. :)

Eki Akhwan said...

Although Indonesia is known as "the islands of spices" I've never seen a market of spices this complete and exotic.

Nice post as always, Dina.

My World post is up too.

Eki

Carole said...

Wonderful pictures of the spices! I can almost smell them all the way from here.

Dar's Foto Faze said...

The market is a wonderful to visit. I can almost smell the spices.

jean said...

Would like to just stand & sniff! Thanks for sharing this part of your world