During the long weekend, my family and I drove to Wiesbaden. The state capital of Hesse, located also in southwestern Germany (just under an hour’s drive from Heidelberg), the city boasts ancient hot springs and some of Germany’s finest casinos. It’s no wonder why real estate costs so much in that region; with gargantuan yet refined architecture, natural spas and quite a respectable shopping district, Wiesbaden offers a plethora of diversions.
While strolling down one of the capital’s many cobblestone streets, we came across the city’s “Marktstrasse”, or Market Street. Luckily, locals were out and about selling and buying summer harvests. Scents of luscious, sweet strawberries and plump cherries waltzed through the warm air while fresh meats, fish and breads stayed put in their carts.
Walking through the market reminded me of yet another beautiful aspect of German culture. In addition to selling high-quality and appetizing healthy foods, conducting commerce outside in the city center brings people of different backgrounds together in one place for the same, palatable products. That, and it’s a nice change to go grocery shopping outside rather than in a freezing, static supermarket.