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Thanks to a Really Useful Post by a Trip Advisor user (great travel site, BTW), I knew that Tuesday would be market day in Leipzig! (The other day is Thursday) Open air markets are one of the great pleasures of the German cities I've visited. You wander them and snack on fresh fruit and bread. One more reason I think Los Angeles is just too darn big.

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Leipzig's market is wonderful: plenty of beautiful fruit and vegetables; cheeses and meats; plants and flowers. There were baskets of mushrooms, too. Oddly, they looked like a type of boletus mushroom, which I thought were (as a species), "edible, but not palitable." I'm guessing this variety is delicious, from the amount they were selling.

The highlight of the market (also pointed out on Trip Advisor) was one vendor selling fresh bread. Really, really fresh: they had a portable iron oven that her husband was baking country bread in. As you would imagine, bread hot and crisp from the oven is *amazing*. I got a loaf of steaming bread, stopped by the salami vendor and got some European ham (for my American friends: it's more like prosciutto than American ham). Bit of cheese from another vendor, raspberries from a nearby stall and a Coke Lite from the curry shop and I was set for lunch.

Lunch

Near the market, I saw an interesting breed of dog: he was gorgeous! He looked like a large, black schnauzer, but with a smooth coat. His owner was very proud of his dog and happy to let me snap pictures of him. Friendly and intelligent dog. Any guesses anyone?

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I wandered over to Thomaskirche: this is the church were Bach spent his last 25 years. The acoustics are reportedly amazing and groups and singers book time in there just to experience this sound. While I was inside, there was a soloist practicing. I consider myself lucky to have heard him: heavenly. I think more churches and cathedrals should have music playing during the day: organ or singers or choirs. These structures seem to come to life with music! Transformed from dusty shells to living structures. The soloist was higher than a tenor: I am thinking that there are not catratos any longer...what would he be called? (<--I am counting on readers being sophisticated and not rude-- thanks!)

After this I wandered through some of the malls and ogled at the stores. One toy store had a great selection of Schleich figures. Plus, the great Irish explorer, "Marc O'Polo" had a shop, too!

Date: 2013-09-26 11:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] okojosan.livejournal.com
Black Russian Terrier with a clipped coat?

Oooh Schleich figures, I have too many of those.

Date: 2013-09-26 11:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] okojosan.livejournal.com
Also the singer: Counter-tenor? When I used to listen to RenRadio they occasionally played this male singer who was a Counter-tenor, and his voice was amazing to listen to.

Date: 2013-09-26 11:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] okojosan.livejournal.com
Ah, it was Alfred Deller they'd play on RenRadio.
Edited Date: 2013-09-26 11:34 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-09-27 12:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furtech.livejournal.com
Could be...I'm uploading a video I took of the singer to YouTube. I decided to blank out his face because I don't have permission and, being a public video, I expect outsiders to be rude (he looked like the actor who sings, "Tomorrow Belongs to Me" from the film version of Caberet).

Ah, it's uploaded: here it is:

Edited Date: 2013-09-27 12:33 am (UTC)

Date: 2013-09-27 12:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dogzrbarkn.livejournal.com
Almost looks like a russian terrier

Date: 2013-09-27 12:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furtech.livejournal.com
From what I could gather from his limited English, this is a local breed (not sure if he meant Leipzig-local, but definitely a German breed.

Date: 2013-09-27 12:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dogzrbarkn.livejournal.com
Could be a giant or standard shnauzer with tail and ears uncropped, cant find an FCI breed like it off the top of the list nor in working group 2
http://www.fci.be/nomenclature.aspx

Would be either group 2, german breed or group 3 large terriers. Russian Terrier or Shnauzer would be my guess, the topline is what throws me off

Date: 2013-09-27 12:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dogzrbarkn.livejournal.com
Could be a giant or standard shnauzer with tail and ears uncropped, cant find an FCI breed like it off the top of the list nor in working group 2
try http://www.fci.be
or search the FCI group list under nomenclature, LJ is marking the full link as spam

Would be either group 2, german breed or group 3 large terriers. Russian Terrier or Shnauzer would be my guess, the topline is what throws me off

Date: 2013-09-27 12:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dogzrbarkn.livejournal.com
Could be a giant or standard shnauzer with tail and ears uncropped, cant find an FCI breed like it off the top of the list nor in working group 2
Try a search through FCI group list under nomenclature, LJ is marking the full link as spam

Would be either group 2, german breed or group 3 large terriers. Russian Terrier or Shnauzer would be my guess, the topline is what throws me off

Date: 2013-09-27 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fenris-lorsrai.livejournal.com
It looks like a wirehaired pointer or a wirehaired griffon of some sort. There's a whole bunch of assorted griffon breeds that are recognized in europe and have never made it to the US.

It just looks like it may have been trimmed a little bit to tidy up the beard.

Date: 2013-10-02 11:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] porsupah.livejournal.com
some European ham

Ah.. you might want to be a little more specific, given how many regional variations on the theme there tend to be per country, let alone across the entire continent. ^_^;

I love a good market. They're still strong in Germany, though somewhat less so in England, but with some healthy exceptions, like Borough Market in London, which is quite a foodie haven these days. I'd love to see the return of street food stalls, too, which seemed quite absent from Hamburg when I was last there, several years back - there's plenty to be said for just a good, hot bratwurst, a little slice of baguette, and a dash of mustard. =:9 Thankfully, all that's alive and well in Singapore and Malaysia, though again, it's been a few years since I was there. (Hoping to remedy that in the coming months)

Cheese! Oh, such a glorious range.. I admit, I'm not all that familiar with German cheeses, but France's are legendary, and the UK sports a rather wonderful spread as well, from the gentle tanginess of Caerphilly, to the take-no-prisoners creaminess of Stinking Bishop. As with beer, I'm constantly amazed by the sheer diversity that's possible, given basically the same few original ingredients. ^_^

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