Travel theme: Street Markets

There is something about a street market that makes everything look, smell and taste just that little bit better. From colourful markets on the sunny streets of Central America…

street market central america guatemala antigua

…to chilly floodlit flower stalls on London’s Embankment…

street market flowerstall london embankment

…street markets are just plain fun. There’s nothing predictable about them, which is what I love. Chaos reigns supreme. Street markets don’t have a bread aisle and a hardware section. Here, all bets are off. Freshly picked fruit rubs shoulders with the unlikeliest of bedfellows…

street market raspberries blueberries berries

…such as umbrellas, drums and spices.

street market umbrellas

street market drums

street market spices

I think this would make a wonderful travel theme and I’d love to see your take on outdoor markets, so if you’d like to join in, create your own post about markets between now and next Friday, title it “Travel theme: Street Markets” and put a link to this page in your blog post to make it easy for others to find your post.

If next week’s WordPress weekly photo challenge is Street Markets I’ll be more than a little weirded out. 🙂

xxx Ailsa


About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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234 Responses to Travel theme: Street Markets

  1. I love street markets too, there’s a beautiful one in Lyon France & the floating flower market in Amsterdam in absolutely lovely.

    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh, I’ve been to the Amsterdam market and it is truly breathtaking. Sadly I don’t have any photos of it. I don’t suppose you have any photos of those markets, M. Darville Anaya? I’d love you to join in this week’s travel theme! xxx Ailsa

  2. I’m on it. I may be late – really ? – but I’m on it.
    Your markets are colorful and fun.

    • ailsapm says:

      Woot, looking forward to your post, firstandfabulous! You’re not late at all, I just posted the challenge a short while ago! xxx

  3. Street Markets is a great theme, Ailsa!! I can’t wait to post an entry. That was so strange that WordPress came up with your Summer theme this Friday. I’d be weirded out too if they came up with Street Markets next week!!

  4. Oops, sorry, I meant to also say I love your photos of the street markets. I especially love the colorful Central American market and the umbrellas! 🙂

  5. Imelda says:

    What lovely photos. 🙂 The fruits made my mouth water. Really!
    I will see if I have available photos now. Mmm, maybe, I can have some fresh Maine photos in a few days. 🙂 Thanks for the invite.

  6. frizztext says:

    you’ve composed a wonderful tribute to this street market!

  7. Gorgeous photos. Street markets are such a great way to get to know a place…great post!

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks, newsofthetimes, just saw your gorgeous poppies post for summer, are you up for this challenge too? xxx Ailsa

      • Thanks for the compliment! I would love to join in this one. I’ll see what I can pull off by next Friday. Thanks for the inspiration! Glad I found your blog.

  8. Mystiic says:

    Love the pictures… tooo pretty!! Have to go clicking… shall be back soooooooooooon!!!

  9. cinova says:

    This is a fabulous idea for a travel theme, can’t wait to see these photographs. Ailsa, your collection is stunning, I love the array of colour and the vibrance in the subject matter. Should be able to post mine sometime in the next 24 hours. Thanks again for the personal invite!

  10. colorful, cultural voyage–great composition of the berries and spices
    I’ll be back with a link. 🙂

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  12. Briliant theme Ailsa. Here in Indonesia, street market is everyday phenomenon. It is literally everywhere. Wait, maybe I can find a good one to take.

  13. Street markets are hard to photograph from a kayak. Here’s the best I can do:

    • ailsapm says:

      I’m really impressed you got your kayak all the way upstream to Columbus Circle, Vlad, that must have taken some paddling! Lovely shot 🙂

  14. Great photos – wish I thought I had somethng for this challenge – but I’ll forward to seeing what everyone else comes up with!

  15. The colors are amazing. Just looking at them gave me a sense of exitement. Reminded me of the beautiful street market in the Philippines. Great theme for the week.

    • ailsapm says:

      I’m still in love with your entry for last week’s summer challenge, cannot wait to see what you post this week. xxx

  16. trishworth says:

    Hi Ailsa, You picked a theme I’ve been waiting for! Your photos have colour and life and yumminess. Mine is old and not colourful at all, but the food is just as edible. Thanks for thinking this up.

    • ailsapm says:

      Trish, this is an incredible photo from your dad’s album. The hand-held scales, the carefully stacked cart and the faces, glorious. Thank you for sharing a little slice of 1940s street life in Cairo. xxx

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  21. Hopefully, “someone” will not come up with the same post theme.. right? 🙂

  22. Kavi says:

    Hi Ailsa, I had done a post on Amsterdam in Feb this year. The pics right at the bottom were from the flower market in Amsterdam ..check it out

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks for showing us the floating flower markets in Amsterdam, Kavi, those markets are really something else, aren’t they?

      • Kavi says:

        The pics at the bottom were from a flower market on a street…absolutely beautiful .Unfortunately didn’t get to see the floating ones but not complaining as the city is so picturesque

        • ailsapm says:

          Ahh I was looking at the boats on the canals with the flowers, last time I was there, there were several of them moored by the market. xx

  23. Paula says:

    This is a very interesting and colourful post Ailsa 🙂 Two things in particular caught my attention: yellow raspberries (never seen those before) and Van Gogh umbrellas :D. I will have to pass on my submission for this theme though, as I have nothing to post.

    • ailsapm says:

      No worries Paula, hope you enjoy looking through everyone’s entries. I was really tempted to get a Van Gogh umbrella, but decided for the yellow raspberries instead! Yummy.

  24. Jude says:

    A great group of market Pics Ailsa! I especially love the one of the umbrellas. It’s excellent!

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  26. Gilly Gee says:

    Impossible to resist this one, I love markets 🙂 thanks for the challenge Ailsa.

  27. Gilly Gee says:

    I just love the fruit stall and could be very happy there!

  28. What a lovely theme. India is the mom of street markets. malls are the exceptions and street markets rule. If ever there was a theme that made me wish I had a photographer’s eye this is it. Let me see what I can do… Will surely put up something for this

  29. adinparadise says:

    Really enjoyed your street market photos.

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  31. cinova says:

    Found a few (‘photographs from the shoebox’) taken ‘pre-digital’ over ten years ago, they came up a treat when captured with my phone camera. Thanks, Ailsa for inspiring us with this exotic theme, it makes me want to travel again. I will be certain to take plenty more photos of street markets in the future!

  32. Jude says:

    Hey Ailsa your new theme is really taking off! Here’s my contribution:

    • ailsapm says:

      Jude, I let out a squeak of delight when I saw your photo – I went to university in Aachen and know this market like the back of my hand. And the Glühwein!

  33. TBM says:

    cool theme…let me think on it.

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  35. Wonderful to visited street markets. I always do every weekend. Thanks a lot my friend @Ailsapm for the invitation, here is my street markets photo challenge, thank you very much.

  36. thanks for the challenge, I love markets so here are some photos taken in Cambodia

    • can I make a suggestion for another travel themed challenge? fabrics?

      • ailsapm says:

        Excellent, I shall squirrel that theme away for a future challenge theme (I bet you have some good photos ready!) Thoroughly enjoyed your trip through that market in Cambodia, I feel like I’ve been on a vacation. xxx

  37. hey ailsa … thanks for the invite to your cool new travel photo challenge: Here’s my take on the street market theme:

    • ailsapm says:

      Kowloon Ladies’ Market, how exciting. And how incredibly busy! Really enjoyed this, Stephen, although I’m kind of glad I’m not stuck in the middle of the crowd 🙂 xxx

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  39. These are lovely, Ailsa! This homebody doesn’t have anything in her files that come close to qualifying for a street market! A flea market… might be the closest I could hope to get! LOL Maybe I’ll have something to add to the next challenge. Enjoying strolling through other folks’ markets, though. 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Haha flea markets totally count, Pamela. There’s been some wonderful photos, haven’t there? I feel like I’ve been on a whirlwind tour of world markets. 🙂

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  41. Anne Camille says:

    Here is my contribution: Maybe not quite the view one might think, but I think it meets the theme!

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  43. eof737 says:

    Take me to this market… The delightful colors and treats are making me swoon… Yummy! 🙂

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  45. fiztrainer says:

    This is gonna be a tough one for me (not sure there are many of these around near me), BUT I’m always up for a challenge. I’m in! 😀

    • ailsapm says:

      I am completely fascinated by that lady sitting next to her chicken in Shanghai’s Venice. Lovely entry, and good luck with your reports!

      • Ya I am still not sure if it was there to lay the eggs or to be someone’s fresh catch of the day. I used to see the guys on bikes with a stack of ducks and chickens, and they just lay there… kind of unsettling. Every time I see them I never have my camera though 😦 One day I’ll have to snap a pic.

  46. ailsapm says:

    Here’s an entry from Debbie about Porta Portese market in Rome xx Ailsa

  47. DagEnDauw says:

    I like a lot your picture of the berries and the last one with the herbs & spices.

    Where I live, saturday is marketday. That’ s also the day on which people get married, get burried etc… and lot’s of other things happen.
    Probably you won’t understand much of my story (in which I explain in my own language (Dutch) why marketplaces are so fascinating to me), but as I had no other pictures from marketplaces and like to join anyway, I hope you can enjoy this older one, taken during a wedding at the marketplace, I used there as header, (or maybe you may like the video from the flashmob on a Marketplace in Valencia that a found on Youtube)
    If you allowe me, here ‘s the link.

    Regards and have a nice weekend

    – Dauw –

    • ailsapm says:

      Dauw, this is wonderful, luckily I can understand your post because when I lived in Germany I used to get Dutch tv and picked up a fair bit of the language. But even without understanding your post, that opera flash mob of the market place in Valencia is brilliant – I loved the part towards the end where they got everyone waltzing. Excellent stuff!

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  49. livvy30 says:

    Lovely photos Ailsa. I’m looking forward to looking at everyone else’s photos too! Here’s mine.

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