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Here are vendors of all kinds of food, both fresh and prepared. You can buy a fresh peach, a basket of flowers, a a duck sandwich, a Pimm's cup or some Thai green curry.
|Spanish ham - complete with pigs trotter|
It's all so colorful and great to look at that it draws all kinds of sightseers and photographers - who often photograph one another!
We grabbed a sausage on a stick and sipped a cup of hard cider. The constant roar of trains overhead punctuates the environment.
The road beyond the market is a walk-street where workers and tourists cluster outside the Market Porter pub, its Victoriana shadowed by the giant new skyscraper known as "The Shard" that rises over this part of town.
In fact, the whole area is a fascinating mixture of very old and almost sci-fi new - and on a rainy, unseasonably gloomy July evening, it had a feel similar to that of the downtown Los Angeles depiction in "Blade Runner" - a multi-cultural, historically layered, always moving and always changing place that our modern cities have become. And have always been, if you think about it.