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Market shopping is so colourful (Antalya; Turkey)

Shopping - ah, how the great debate on retail therapy rages on without a hint of a solution in sight. Are you the type who is soothed by the prospect of making a purchase which you'll treasure for a long period, or are you so averse to shopping that even the most casual of trips to the local supermarket makes you cringe at the thought of crowded aisles and running up further bills? Love it or loathe it, the shopping culture is here to stay, and has such a deeply-rooted place in all societies, that it is yet another strand of international culture which I feel needs representing in blog format. I call myself a serious shopper, but not in a way in which you might initially think of. My definition of a serious shopper does not involve running up credit card bills a-plenty in the name of getting a consumerist fix, but rather researching into the commercial options overseas prior to any trip, and somehow or other locating that sought-after CD by an unknown foreign band, or indeed purchasing that souvenir I haven't even bothered to check online prior to the trip whether such an item would line any shop's shelf.

It is pleasant when shops and stalls blend in with their more exotic surroundings (Bangkok; Thailand)
It all intrigues and delights me to come across ways in which shopping cultures have evolved in various nations, and the basic format of the food court, chain stores, and entertainments zone may well be common to most, but those clever tweaks make me think of the creative genius behind it all. If any of these shopping images appeal, then it is possibly because you've never imagined goods being sold in these contexts before - to put it plainly, shopping is an integral part of any trip for me, and I'd prefer to think the visual evidence here to illustrates exactly why....

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Market shopping is so colourful (A…
Market shopping is so colourful (…
It is pleasant when shops and stal…
It is pleasant when shops and sta…
Some shopping malls just blend in …
Some shopping malls just blend in…
Specialist shops can be so intrigu…
Specialist shops can be so intrig…
The humble souvenir shop has all t…
The humble souvenir shop has all …
Bazaar and souk shopping really is…
Bazaar and souk shopping really i…
Handicrafts are a joy to behold (M…
Handicrafts are a joy to behold (…
The modern face of urban malls (Bu…
The modern face of urban malls (B…
This great market hall has got the…
This great market hall has got th…
Neon lights line the way in East A…
Neon lights line the way in East …
Shopping arcades are compact enoug…
Shopping arcades are compact enou…
Shopping malls can be clinically c…
Shopping malls can be clinically …
Shopping at the Gold Souk (Dubai; …
Shopping at the Gold Souk (Dubai;…
Typical European high street shop …
Typical European high street shop…
Flea market shopping can be a litt…
Flea market shopping can be a lit…
The gateway to this shopping stree…
The gateway to this shopping stre…
All the coloured plates you could …
All the coloured plates you could…
Souvenirs make shopping a more mem…
Souvenirs make shopping a more me…
Hard to grasp these once aircraft …
Hard to grasp these once aircraft…
Choose any bike you like, pay for …
Choose any bike you like, pay for…
The modern face of shopping malls …
The modern face of shopping malls…
Clothes shopping at a chain store …
Clothes shopping at a chain store…
Reflecting on the shopping culture…
Reflecting on the shopping cultur…
African market shopping (Banjul; T…
African market shopping (Banjul; …
Local shops come in all shapes, si…
Local shops come in all shapes, s…
Specialist shops, like this surfin…
Specialist shops, like this surfi…
Outdoor market, Eastern-European s…
Outdoor market, Eastern-European …
Art for sale? A gallery of delight…
Art for sale? A gallery of deligh…
Time to visit this covered market …
Time to visit this covered market…
Airport shopping at Heathrow (Lond…
Airport shopping at Heathrow (Lon…
Shopping at the Black market! (Kie…
Shopping at the Black market! (Ki…
A corner of the market has been …
A 'corner' of the market has been…
Hi-tech style shopping in East Asi…
Hi-tech style shopping in East As…
Bright and colourful night market …
Bright and colourful night market…
Slopeside souvenir stalls (Zakopan…
Slopeside souvenir stalls (Zakopa…
Antiques and niknaks of yesteryear…
Antiques and niknaks of yesteryea…
All the best wooden toys come from…
All the best wooden toys come fro…
So, this is why Filippino shopping…
So, this is why Filippino shoppin…
One way of selling flowers! (Tbili…
One way of selling flowers! (Tbil…
Spice up your life right here (Ist…
Spice up your life right here (Is…
Ice cream, ice cream, get your... …
Ice cream, ice cream, get your...…
A barrel of goodies awaits you (Al…
A barrel of goodies awaits you (A…
Flea markets are ever-expanding (V…
Flea markets are ever-expanding (…
Souvenir shopping can be so much f…
Souvenir shopping can be so much …
One for the road? Yes, given the n…
One for the road? Yes, given the …
Confectionary at an indoor market …
Confectionary at an indoor market…
More Asian arcade-style shopping (…
More Asian arcade-style shopping …
Colourful or what? (Santiago; Chil…
Colourful or what? (Santiago; Chi…
Handicrafts abound! (Montevideo; U…
Handicrafts abound! (Montevideo; …
Shopping malls are built to all ki…
Shopping malls are built to all k…
Colourful shopping, South American…
Colourful shopping, South America…
Who said flower shops need to have…
Who said flower shops need to hav…
Mannequins are a shining example h…
Mannequins are a shining example …
Not quite sure what theyre sellin…
Not quite sure what they're selli…
All candles, would you believe! (G…
All candles, would you believe! (…
High street stores and all their t…
High street stores and all their …
These old gasworks are now shoppin…
These old gasworks are now shoppi…
Arabian outfits on sale at the sou…
Arabian outfits on sale at the so…
Shopping malls now have superb kid…
Shopping malls now have superb ki…
Something for everyone at the souk…
Something for everyone at the sou…
An artistic way of advertising air…
An artistic way of advertising ai…
Colourful garments in a window dis…
Colourful garments in a window di…
Judging by the name, this storekee…
Judging by the name, this storeke…
Hope this indoor market stall stri…
Hope this indoor market stall str…
Fancing chandeliers light the way …
Fancing chandeliers light the way…
Need a hat? We have some for fun-l…
Need a hat? We have some for fun-…
A feast for the senses at the nigh…
A feast for the senses at the nig…
Now if only I could locate a match…
Now if only I could locate a matc…
A colourful entrance to a shopping…
A colourful entrance to a shoppin…
One way of selling confectionary! …
One way of selling confectionary!…
Give this man a medal! (Chisinau; …
Give this man a medal! (Chisinau;…
A hint of eastern exoticism where …
A hint of eastern exoticism where…
Funky-looking shop window display …
Funky-looking shop window display…
Now theres a neat shop window dis…
Now there's a neat shop window di…
Very typically French shop (Toulou…
Very typically French shop (Toulo…
Uniform in style, differing in siz…
Uniform in style, differing in si…
Its a fruit kiosk! (Saint Petersb…
It's a fruit kiosk! (Saint Peters…
Moscows high-class Gum department…
Moscow's high-class Gum departmen…
The wording says it all (Moscow; R…
The wording says it all (Moscow; …
One entrance for adults, the other…
One entrance for adults, the othe…
Russian souvenirs abound (Moscow; …
Russian souvenirs abound (Moscow;…
I call it art (Moscow; Russia)
I call it art (Moscow; Russia)
Stylishly futuristic shopping mall…
Stylishly futuristic shopping mal…
Flea markets are a browsers treat…
Flea markets are a browser's trea…
Shop window display at an electric…
Shop window display at an electri…
The carvers market (Dar Es Salaam…
The carver's market (Dar Es Salaa…
African art galore (Dar Es Salaam;…
African art galore (Dar Es Salaam…
The Maasai market (Nungwi; Zanziba…
The Maasai market (Nungwi; Zanzib…
A local market (Kinyasini; Tanzani…
A local market (Kinyasini; Tanzan…
Pots and pans for sale (Stone Town…
Pots and pans for sale (Stone Tow…
Colourful Arabian merchandise (Doh…
Colourful Arabian merchandise (Do…
A Venetian-themed shopping mall (D…
A Venetian-themed shopping mall (…
A modern shopping plaza (Doha; Qat…
A modern shopping plaza (Doha; Qa…
Shop entrances can be so novel (Do…
Shop entrances can be so novel (D…
A street kiosk, selling all manner…
A street kiosk, selling all manne…
Street markets can have a thrown-t…
Street markets can have a thrown-…
A flea market sells all manner of …
A flea market sells all manner of…
The joys of the multi-layered indo…
The joys of the multi-layered ind…
Shopping in underground passageway…
Shopping in underground passagewa…
A sparkling array of goods for sal…
A sparkling array of goods for sa…
All that glitters clearly IS gold …
All that glitters clearly IS gold…
A stylish shop front can often lur…
A stylish shop front can often lu…
A neat and compact way of selling …
A neat and compact way of selling…
The entrance to the expansive Osh …
The entrance to the expansive Osh…
A cross-section of Kazakh indoor m…
A cross-section of Kazakh indoor …
A cross-section of Kazakh outdoor …
A cross-section of Kazakh outdoor…
One way of creating a bookstore en…
One way of creating a bookstore e…
Central Asian goods on sale at a c…
Central Asian goods on sale at a …
A fair range of specs for sale (Al…
A fair range of specs for sale (A…
Nordstan, Scandinavias largest ma…
Nordstan, Scandinavia's largest m…
The name says it all! (Alajuela; C…
The name says it all! (Alajuela; …
A funky shop for sure! (Bocas Del …
A funky shop for sure! (Bocas Del…
Doncha just love this? (Panama Cit…
Doncha just love this? (Panama Ci…
Shop window displays really can si…
Shop window displays really can s…
A nice selection of handicrafts (E…
A nice selection of handicrafts (…
Bogota airports Colombian gift st…
Bogota airport's Colombian gift s…
A template for the perfect souveni…
A template for the perfect souven…
All handcrafted, it seems (Montezu…
All handcrafted, it seems (Montez…
No shortage of hammocks for sale (…
No shortage of hammocks for sale …
One store not to be taken too lite…
One store not to be taken too lit…
A shop riding the crest of a wave …
A shop riding the crest of a wave…
War-related souvenirs make for ama…
War-related souvenirs make for am…
Remnants of war-troubled times (Sa…
Remnants of war-troubled times (S…
Colourful shop window displays are…
Colourful shop window displays ar…
Hand-knitwear illustrates creativi…
Hand-knitwear illustrates creativ…
Exoticism abounds (Sarajevo; Bosni…
Exoticism abounds (Sarajevo; Bosn…
Shopping malls come in all shapes …
Shopping malls come in all shapes…
Silverware gives gold a run for it…
Silverware gives gold a run for i…
Varies window display (Klaksvik; F…
Varies window display (Klaksvik; …
Tutl CD store (Torshavn; Faroe Isl…
Tutl CD store (Torshavn; Faroe Is…
How to advertise your wares clearl…
How to advertise your wares clear…
Not your regular-looking bookstore…
Not your regular-looking bookstor…
A vast array of colourful wares (K…
A vast array of colourful wares (…
The worlds funkiest candy store (…
The world's funkiest candy store …
Where national costumes really sta…
Where national costumes really st…
The skys the limit (Dubai; United…
The sky's the limit (Dubai; Unite…
Gold galore (Dubai; United Arab Em…
Gold galore (Dubai; United Arab E…
Shopping mall interior design (Dub…
Shopping mall interior design (Du…
Opulence abounds at the mall (Kuwa…
Opulence abounds at the mall (Kuw…
Illuminated store goods (Kuwait Ci…
Illuminated store goods (Kuwait C…
A Nepalese market stall (Belfast; …
A Nepalese market stall (Belfast;…
A large selection of fizzy pop (Be…
A large selection of fizzy pop (B…
Not to be taken literally! (Belfas…
Not to be taken literally! (Belfa…
A bewildering array of goods for …
Muttrah Souk, where shopping is a…
Inside a shopping mall in Kuah To…
Funky lighting at a shop in Banda…
Buzzing atmosphere at Chisinau's …
Moscow's flea market has loads of…
Flea markets just capture our att…
Evening time souk activity (Doha;…
A selection of spice-related good…
The narrow shop-lined back street…
Local shops in Nungwi village (Nu…
The carver's market in greater Da…
How a lighting shop displays its …
Stylish shops make this commercia…
Gothenburg's largest record store…
A feast for the shopper's senses …
Light fittings galore (Almaty; Ka…
A vast array of market goods (Alm…
Art for sale in the city's main s…
Central market (San Jose; Costa R…
A scrolling shop window display (…
The traditional edge of Sarajevo'…
The modern edge of Sarajevo's sho…
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