11 Jan 2010

Damnoen Saduak - floating market

Damnoen Saduak is probably one of the latest, real (not activated only in tourist aim) floating market in Thailand. Located about 105 kms from Bangkok, the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is very attractive place for all visitors who expect to see the old style and traditional way of selling and buying fruits, vegetables and many traditional items from narrowed boats. Most of them are paddled by women with picturesque straw hats. Cacophony of smells and colours is so fantastic that I will not forget it for long time. Here below a set of pics from this magical place:


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9 Jan 2010

Sandomierz market world

 Sandomierz, one of the oldest city, located in south-eastern Poland, mainly known for its Old Town. Few people, however, knows that the city has one of the largest market in this part of region. Nevertheless, please do not promise yourself too much after my previous post related to "La Boqueria" in Barcelona as the polish equivalent shares with it only the word "market". This is the place where you can sell anything you want to get rid off and buy anything from antique stuff to ice-creams. Sandomierz market seems to be a bit out of time and surrealistic with these temporary displays presenting kitschy second-hand items. I would say it has its one-of-a-kind vibe.

surrealistic composition

my favourite old bikes

ice cream

"take me home"

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8 Jan 2010

La Boqueria - eclectic market with its history.

The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, mostly known as La Boqueria, is a large public market in Barcelona which is an obligated must-see for all the tourists who visit this city. The first mention dates from 1217. At that time, it was a couple of tables which were installed in order to sell meat and fishes. Official recognition of market by the authorities in 1826, provoked the beginning of works on structure for this place. The inauguration finally took place in 1853 and the metal roof that still exists today was constructed in 1914. From this time, it began to modernise and improve, not only at a sanitary level, but also aesthetic and decorative. Over the years, La Boqueria has become the most emblematic market of all the network of markets in Barcelona and attracts all visitors by colours and smells.
Visiting my good friends in Barcelona last year, I couldn't miss this opportunity to drop by once again at this place and take some pics. You can see the result below: