Most of us love traveling.
Seeing new places.
Learning a couple of words of a new language (I can usually only remember; hello, hi’s, thank you, and most importantly where is the loo? ;p).
Trying out different cuisines, (yumm!), visiting famous landmarks etc etc
What takes the cake for me, is visiting the local markets and bazaars when in a new place :D
(PS: I told you I am a shopaholic ;))
The colours, the smell, lights, textures, crisp new things to buy….ohhhhh I am already salivating :D
Markets for me are a complete reflection of the culture of any place.
I am always on a lookout for exciting local products, that will remind me of the place where I picked it up from once I’m back home.
Here are two of my personal favorite markets;
Damnoen Saduak Floating market, Bangkok
If street shopping is so much fun, one has to visit the “Floating Markets” to get the feel of a city on the water.
Full of hustle-bustle, chattering of the bargainers, local fresh produce cooked and sold in floating kitchens located in the boats itself.
From picking up beautiful hand crafted products to tasting exotic fruits…..there’s something for everyone there.
I remember picking up hand painted silk jewellery pouches from here, and I know that its going to be a treasure forever :)
***Tourists enjoying a ride through the market and the canals.
The most adorable old lady selling fresh bananas :) How can you not buy some from her ;)
Covent Garden, London
British pubs, restaurants, High end shops, street performers, theaters all in one place can be summed up as “Covent Garden”.
Its one of my favorite places in the world (well whichever parts of the world that I have seen so far ;))
Covent Garden all dressed up during Christmas 2011
*** One of the most colorful corners of Covent Garden. LOVEEEE IT!
*** Bills, Food, chats and much more :)
There is one particular line thats stuck in my head and I would like to dedicate it to my love for shopping…
…its from the TV show “Sex and the City“- I like my money right where I can see it – hanging in my closet!
Images marked with *** are taken from Pinterest