Santander, Asturias, Spain 8/13

September 22, 2013

As some of you may recall, when we were camped at Playa Merón, we mentioned the wonderful market in Santander. It might be one of the largest and most fascinating in Spain. The whole lower section is devoted to seafood, everything from fresh squid, barnacles, and whole bunches of strange critters we know would be delicious if we only knew how to prepare them. The upper floor is devoted to wonderful dried hams, smoked and dried meats, cured sausages, olives, breads, fruits, vegetables, cheeses and spices. Many have asked us, “Well, what do you eat when you travel?” We have met US and Canadian RVers in Mexico who had their pantries stuffed with canned food. Spain may seem really “foreign” but a few pictures from Santander’s open market should convince you that people in far-off countries or even those nearby do not go hungry. For us, the open markets are one of the best parts of travel.

The Santander open market has a huge variety of fresh fish.

The Santander open market has a huge variety of fresh fish.

Fresh shrimp were a little treat we had to splurge on.

Fresh shrimp were a little treat we had to splurge on.

Crabs, mussels, sea snails, barnacles and several kinds of clams including funny razorbacks were a treat for seafood lovers.

Crabs, mussels, sea snails, barnacles and several kinds of clams including funny razorbacks were a treat for seafood lovers.

These rzaorbacks were tempting.

These rzaorbacks were tempting.

Does anyone have a good receipt for squid?

Does anyone have a good receipt for squid?

We splurged on some of the Spanish air-dried ham. We are looking forward to visiting southern Spain where the famous “Patos Negros” variety comes from.

We splurged on some of the Spanish air-dried ham. We are looking forward to visiting southern Spain where the famous “Patos Negros” variety comes from.

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More types of sausage and cheese than you could taste in a month.

More types of sausage and cheese than you could taste in a month.

Every kind of fresh fruit was carefully arranged to tempt the shopper.

Every kind of fresh fruit was carefully arranged to tempt the shopper.

With shopping bags full, there was still the beach.

With shopping bags full, there was still the beach.

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