At the Rantepao market

#Sulawesi # Indonesia

  Indonesia: Sulawesi - July 2010

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I like hanging out in Asian markets. During my stay in Sulawesi (Indonesia), last summer, I went for a ride in that of Rantepao, in the heart of Toraja country. Here are some pictures of atmosphere ...

Live eels and pig's head

At the Rantepao market.the pasar (market), everyone welcomes me very kindly. And the merchants, as always, gladly accept the photo. Really nice with the tourists!

Fortunately for you who browse this page, the camera only restores the colors, not the odors, particularly aggressive around the stalls of poiscaille and bidoche.

Two sequences "emotion" came to spice up my little walk to the market of Rantepao ...

(The photos are to be found in the image gallery below.)

The first in front of buckets filled with live eels. The guy who sells them breaks their necks with a dry hand, before slipping them into a plastic bag. The noise raises the heart ...


An old lady next to me, when I took the picture, made me understand with a disgusted grimace that she had a horror of that ... But like me, she still remained to watch.

Second moment, not very ragorous either, but much more fun, on the butchers side. Two young guys behind their stall feel inspired by my camera: one of them grabs the pig's head placed in front of him and places it in front of his mate's face.

They laughed at their joke, too happy to admire the result on the screen of my 7D. I leave you with the pictures below ...

  Indonesia: Sulawesi - July 2010

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  1. Thank you so much, I would love to go back!!!Thanks to you, I found myself there in the space of 2 seconds and at no cost!!! 🙂

  2. Did not you see the dentist officiating under his parasol? He was too funny with lots of teeth exposed on a plate and his instruments resting on a napkin on the floor; by the time we passed he was tearing a man's tooth under the frightened eyes of a little boy!

  3. @ Helen: Delighted to have managed to transport you!

    @nani: No, I have not seen (and all the better!) ... Brrr ...

    @Manta: Yes, that's what I said by choosing the images as I put them online: those who know the atmosphere will necessarily remember the smells that go with ...

  4. I also found a little taste of Rentepao without having been there; I recognized the coffee bag that you had brought back to me, and seeing it in its context made me very happy; my little Indonesian madeleine in reverse in a way! 🙂 😉

  5. ysbilia: Bravo, you have the eye! Yes, it was easier to bring a packet of coffee than a bucket of eels ...

    @fabrice: Yes, that's what I like, in the market pictures. They plunge me back to the atmosphere. A little piece of Asia in a corner of my computer

  6. Bravo for this post and this slide, I love it as usual 😉 . And what a pleasure to wander through a market. It's still the best way to soak up a country 🙂