A Photo Tour of Hamburg's Isemarkt

This is a guest post by my friend Elodie who runs the wonderful lifestyle and floral blog Madame Love. She always has amazing floral posts on her blog, and I asked her if she would share a bit about where she gets her flowers and inspiration. - xo Kiana My name is Elodie and my blog is called Madame Love. I am French and I live in Hamburg, in the North of Germany - close to the Baltic sea.

I met Kiana online and wrote an article a couple of months ago about her beautiful flower blog. I was very happy when she asked me if I wanted to talk about my local market here in Hamburg where I usually buy my flowers for my bouquets.

The market I go to is called the Isemarkt, and is one of the oldest and longest in Europe, with over 100 stands. It is situated under a subway bridge, and can take place all year long, as it is protected from the rain. I love going there because they always have locally grown and seasonal flowers.

I hope these few pictures give you a taste of my adoptive neighbourhood and make you want to travel to that part of the world. Hamburg is a lot less touristy than the capital city Berlin, but it is a beautiful city that has a lot to offer. If you would like to read more about flowers in Hamburg, you can check out the flower guide I wrote for the online magazine sisterMAG.

I wish you a great day and thank you Kiana for having me on your blog!

Elodie

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Isemarkt by Elodie / madame-love.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Isemarkt by Elodie / madame-love.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Isemarkt by Elodie / madame-love.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Isemarkt by Elodie / madame-love.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Isemarkt by Elodie / madame-love.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Isemarkt by Elodie / madame-love.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Isemarkt by Elodie / madame-love.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Isemarkt by Elodie / madame-love.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Isemarkt by Elodie / madame-love.com

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Photography by Elodie

European Flower Markets

I recently returned from a lovely holiday. While it was a relatively short trip, the kids stayed home with grandparents, and we drove a little Fiat 500 on a mini European road tour through Italy and France. We were able to return to some places that we love, and also visit some new ones (that we now love). I'm already ready to go back. Florence is one of my absolute favorite cities. It is alive, beautiful, magical, and abundant with art and a rich history. Most of all, it feels like home to me as I spent a great amount of time there when I lived in Italy. That, and the shopping is out of this world (better than Milan in my book).

If you are in Florence on a Thursday morning, there is a lovely mercato di fiori (flower market) at one corner of the Piazza della Repubblica. Since I barely slept a wink during my stay, I was there bright and early waiting for the flowers to be displayed. While waiting I got a chance to sit in the piazza and watch it wake up without any crowds surrounding me (quite a treat in the summertime). It truly was a memorable day and I can't imagine having spent it any other way.

An appropriate place for me to pose for a picture! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

The geraniums were so bright and beautiful and perfectly unblemished! If only I could bring it all back with me. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

And of course there were the ever-amazing dahlias! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Can you smell the lavender?! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

A few days later, we drove to the South of France and stayed in the most beautiful village of Valbonne. On a Sunday morning, we took a day trip to Cannes and discovered the lovely (and large) Marché Forville where they had wonderful produce, fish, and flowers. Walking through this market made me want to shop for food and go back and cook, and if I lived there that is exactly what I would have done. Instead, I took a whole bunch of pictures of the flowers.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

I really enjoyed the way that the flowers were displayed - especially the signs. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

It is very hard to find peonies right now in California. No problem in Cannes. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Here you can get a sense of the size of the market. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

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All photography by N. Underwood