Georgia · Markets

Why I will always have a soft spot for Georgian markets.

Going to markets in every country I visit has become a routine (evidenced here, here,  and here). Not only is it a simple and pleasant way to gain insight into the local culture but  hopefully I’ll also discover a new type of fruit. Plus it’s always a cheap way to get fresh fruit and veggies. However, when I visited Georgia the focus shifted from the produce to the people selling it. For the first time ever the vendors where the highlight of my visits. Not just once, but in every single market I went to in Georgia it was always the vendors that stood out.

Why? They were simply the friendliest! We obviously didn’t speak the same languages but they constantly interacted with me with what little English they might know or plain old body language. Yes, there was the usual amazing display of produce plus the offering of fruits and veggies  with no expectation for me to buy anything but essentially what distinguished them from vendors in other countries was their attitude. They posed for photos, asked to take photos with me, and one adorable old lady even asked if she could take a photo of her friend in the stall opposite her! All this accompanied with constant laughter.

 

 

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This is the photo the charming old lady asked to take
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And this is the charming old lady herself! I wish I’d had another camera so I could have taken a photo of her taking a photo

 

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This vendor was very proud of her herbs 🙂

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I don’t know why he was selling ropes. Everything else I can see how it’s connected to cooking but the ropes?
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How can anybody resist such a radiant smile?

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The lady in the middle actually spoke a bit of English!

 

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Seriously infectious laughter and smiles all round!

So yes, out of all the markets I’ve visited worldwide the vendors in the Georgian markets made my visits so special they will always have a special place in my heart.

Oh, and did you notice all the walnuts? No wonder Georgian cuisine uses them in everything!

3 thoughts on “Why I will always have a soft spot for Georgian markets.

  1. The husband and I share your love of markets. I always make sure to research and plan for time at the markets anywhere we travel – big ones, small ones, food ones, craft ones (but especially food ones). Sometimes we come across them by happenstance and that’s always a happy surprise. I think local markets and early morning jogs when a city, town, or village is just waking up are two of the best ways to see a place at its most authentic. (Plus, the jog helps counteract the caloric overindulgence from the market!)

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