Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Corner shopping

A shopping center in my neighborhood. It stands right next to an old cemetery, so the contrast is spiritual versus... what material?
Other that that, I buy mostly grocers these days. A specific about Prague is that you can go to many small shops run by Vietnamese families. They are on every busy street and on some quieter ones as well. They don't have everything, you can say they don't cook from the same ingredients they offer in their stores. But they are very polite. And their little "minimarkets" are at hand anywhere you go.

As for shopping, I wonder if anyone in the corner view will mention the way women in Naples/Napoli (yes, Italy) buy grocers. I saw it personally. If they live on a street where vendors have their stalls, they drop the basket on a string from the window, with money and list of goodies in it and a vendor fills it in. They pull it up, shopping has been done.

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19 comments:

caitlin said...

Wow, very interesting. I really like this photo. Thanks for sharing your corner :)

Francesca said...

That's quite a contrast, a reminder that in afterlife we won't be taking ... our shopping with us:)
Funny to learn something about Italy from you, the internet is quite amazing!

jane said...

Great photo. You must have some amazing Vietnamese restaurants- my absolute favorite.

Ian said...

Well, I guess it's a good location to shop til you drop.

state of bliss said...

This story about doing grocery shopping in Naples is so funny and interesting!

Nice photo. Thank you for sharing and have great day :)
Kaisa

Cate said...

hmmmmm. is this a picture of the patron saint of shopping? and, very funny, ian!

Jeannette said...

What a great story about the basket-shopping.
Hmmm, Vietnamese food. You can wake me up for that.

Ritva said...

great post!
everything, the photo, the content, the story!
hugs, from finland!

MODsquad said...

Ha! Now that's what I call shopping!! Hey, and you get your workout in too!!
...Lisa

kyndale said...

yes, very interesting. I love learning every week.

Kyndale

Dana said...

Yep. I've seen that in Naples as well. I also witnessed it on a trip to Malta, where the bread guy tooted his horn & the baskets were suddently all magically lowered. Pretty neat. In my little town, the bread man makes runs delivering bread to homes at the wee hours in the morning. Nice.

The Girl in the Yellow Shoes said...

Love your photo!

Joyce said...

Thanks for the shopping info. xoxo

malo said...

Love the photo and the contrast (Ian's comment above is hilarious).

Also, the shopping of the napoli women was new to me. Convenient.

Great post!

MisterE said...

I would love to shop via basket from window. Thanks for sharing your corner.

Kaylovesvintage said...

I did live 4 years in Napoli and I tell you basket shopping is so easy...bella Napoli

Bonnie said...

what an interesting post ! i would love to be able to just drop a basket out my window with money and a list !!

Dorte said...

Very nice corner view ... It sounds like a very nice way of buying groceries the way with the basket :-)

benicek said...

As an archaeology student I was taught that cemeteries are very much expressions of material culture. Look at that expensive headstone! That's status.