Sunday, October 7, 2007

Sunday browsing at Camden Market

Today my Brazilian friends Ennio and Adriana breezed into London for a holiday. The Torresans now live in Los Angeles, but I met Ennio at Amblimation when I lived here before, in 1989-91. Here's his website. They were determined to ignore their jet lag (though Ennio said he was sure the ground was occasionally tilted), so we wandered for hours through the vast Camden Market, which stretches several blocks (if there is such a thing as a 'block' in London). The market has grown over the years, spreading under old trestle arches, former warehouses and most notably, an old horse trolley barn, complete with its old brick curved ramp. As you can see in the picture above, one arch now sports an enormous old chandelier. This is typical of the market's funky splendor. Literally hundreds of stalls sell every sort of merchandise: some old, some new. One store sold outrageous club ware that very literally recalled The Jetsons. Adriana very nearly was tempted to become Jane Jetson. She resisted, possibly because we still aren't quite ready for flying bubble cars. There's also stores and stalls of furniture, toys, vintage clothing, jewelry, crafts, and numerous food stalls, much of it at fairly reasonable prices, which for London is saying a lot.
Here's Adriana and Ennio Torresan and their good friend Beatriz, who is also from Brazil but now lives in London. She was our fearless guide.

In the middle of Camden Market is the Camden Lock. Some people aren't aware there are canals in London.

We finally left past 7 PM. I was surprised many of the stalls were still open.

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