For those of you who have never been to Washington D.C., and may soon come visit, I have a tip: coming to see all of the typical tourist sites is all well and good, but as well traveled person will tell you, get off that predetermined path and find the places where the locals go. Such is the case with Eastern Market in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of the city. Typical of any good market in a major city, Eastern Market sells local meats, produce, baked goods,and everything in-between. I love this place because people from all races, economic backgrounds, and different nationalities all congregate here for their various needs. It is a true reflection of the city. Built in 1873, this market has served the locals for many years. During the spring and summer months, venders line the front and sides of the building selling artworks, clothes, food, and even more local produce. On the weekends next to the building is also a great open air flea market. Back in 2007, the market suffered a devastating loss through a fire that almost destroyed the building. The market did not give up however, and carried on it’s business under tarps and inside tents until it was rebuilt in 2009 and, as you can see in the photo above, things are back to normal and the market is as good as new.
Even though I live in the suburbs of the city in Maryland, I still come here a few times a year to take in the sights and smells and to remind myself that yes, I did once live here.
Canon 5D markII, EF 50 1.2 L, ISO 640, 1/160 @ f / 5.6