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 - wheresmybackpack.com - 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. Arindam says:

    Wonderful pictures. Great work Ailsa.

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  3. TBM says:

    Loved seeing your photos and reading your words. I like this theme. Here’s mine:

    http://50yearproject.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/travel-theme-street-markets/

    Thanks for hosting!

  4. jensine says:

    love love love your photos, so want to go now … thanks for sharing

  5. ishg says:

    Wow, I so got to have that Van Gogh umbrella! 🙂 Yey for quirky finds in street markets! 🙂

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  9. I just nominated your blog for the Sunshine Award. Congratulations and thanks for inspiring me every day! http://newsofthetimes.org/2012/05/27/i-won-they-do-love-me/

  10. thirdeyemom says:

    Love the theme! Do you think WordPress will copy you again? He He….like they did with the summer entry? I think your market post is excellent! I was torn between doing markets around the world or just focusing on one market. In the end I went with one market as there is nothing that can compare to a Moroccan souq! Here’s my entry:
    http://thirdeyemom.com/2012/05/27/markets-an-afternoon-in-the-souq/

    • ailsapm says:

      Awesome choice with the souk, looks like a whole lot of fun, Nicole. I’ll be very freaked out if next week’s WordPress theme is markets, this week was just a little weird. 🙂

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    • ailsapm says:

      Yum, rolling food trucks – although that poor roasting animal was just a little scary 🙂 Thanks for joining in the fun, Jo! xxx

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  13. Miguel says:

    I hope I’m not late. Here’s my entry! Thank you. 🙂

    http://projectmagellan.net/2012/05/28/travel-theme-street-market/

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  15. GlobeTramp says:

    Always the best place for food! Mmmmm I judge anyone who looks down on roadside eats! Great photos X

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  17. This travel theme was lots of fun! I went to a wild west themed market, and will definitely go back again without the boots or cowboy hat. 🙂

    http://canoecommunications.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/wild-west-market-travel-theme/

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  20. Macy says:

    And this is my humble contribution to the challenge: http://islandergirl.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/travel-challenge-the-street-markets-of-tai-o-hong-kong/

    Photos were taken during our anniversary trip to Hong Kong last October 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Great post, and also great info about the over-harvesting of shells. Thanks for spreading awareness, sustainable tourism is so very important in today’s world. xxx

      • Macy says:

        sustainable tourism is so very important in today’s world.
        >> It really is! It makes me so proud to work for a leader in sustainable tourism here in the Philippines 🙂

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  23. Madhu says:

    Love your images Ailsa! Especially the first one. here is my entry: http://theurgetowander.com/2012/05/28/travel-theme-street-market/

    • ailsapm says:

      Wonderful post, Madhu, I cannot get my head around 4,000 varieties of potatoes. Determined to try them all now 🙂 What was your favourite Peru experience?

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  25. Imelda says:

    Hi Ailsa. 🙂 Here is my entry, Boston, once more. The photos are not new as I hoped. http://mywordwall.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/travel-theme-street-markets/

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    • ailsapm says:

      🙂 Much better than being behind the curve! I just tried your link and it didn’t work, I think maybe it’s still unpublished, can you check your pending posts? Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us!!! xxx Ailsa

  27. Absolutely gorgeous photos! Beautiful work!
    anne

  28. Love to see those street markets whenever I am travelling.

  29. 4otomo says:

    Hi! Thanks or the invite…………….
    Here’s a link to a previous post about an umbrella that I regretted not buying from a vendor alongside a street market in Napoli………….
    http://4otomo.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/weekly-photo-challenge-regret/

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  32. Hey there! I hope I’m not too late for the challenge… Was finally able to fix all the ‘weird blogging issues/spamming’ with WordPress, and now, I’m super happy to be back to the challenges! Thanks again for the inspiration, Ailsa! What can one buy on the streets along the beach in Brazil? Pretty much everything!! Cheers from our tropical-land! 😮
    http://wp.me/p1oMvI-Yy

    • ailsapm says:

      Hurrah for fixing the issues! Loved your post, would have definitely made some purchases along that beach – one of those sunhats for sure, the tablecloth, and I’ve always wanted a handmade hammock! 🙂

      • Thanks, Ailsa! Now, besides the usual arts&crafts, one can even find custom-made sandals!!! 😮
        Very fun, very nice to watch… and a great way to catch the eye from that tourist/by-passer! 😮

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  35. BobR says:

    Hope mine isn’t too late?

    Markets are fabulous! This was one of my favorites:
    http://pirancafe.com/2012/05/29/a-dog-at-the-market/

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  37. Aaron says:

    Okay Ailsa – after looking at these entries I’m in! Great, great idea for a real “travel photography” post and I want to be a part of this wonderful community! Hope you have some time to check this out! You can see my post below, highlighting a few of my favorite places. Hope you enjoy and thanks again!
    http://armiller007.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/street-market-photography/

    • ailsapm says:

      Really great post, Aaron, so glad you joined in the challenge. I think my favourite is the one from Nepal with that great big sign, Way to Gandruk, and the whopping great arrow pointing off to the right. 🙂

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  39. Hi Ailsa, Thanks for another great challenge!! I like your choices; I hope you’ll keep coming up with some. Here is one of mine (I’ll do another focused on Oman later today): http://catbirdphotography.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/travel-theme-street-markets/

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  42. Can I just say, I feel like I can smell what’s in your pictures here! 🙂
    This is a bit late, but still: https://wheresmybackpack.com/2012/05/25/street-markets/
    I love your photo challenges!

    • ailsapm says:

      Wow, people amaze me, fil, I don’t think there’s anything prettier than a fluffy yellow little chick, but then people go and dye them bright pink and blue in an attempt to improve on Mother Nature….

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  45. HI again Ailsa! I created another entry for your challenge, this one focused on markets in Oman: http://catbirdinoman.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/travel-theme-street-markets/

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