Lviv Bazaar

Saturday, February 26, 2011

We heard Lviv had a bazaar but didn’t expect to find it on a snowy afternoon when the wise thing to do is hide away indoors near a fireplace. The snow didn’t even come close to stopping these people from selling their goods. The bazaar was composed of makeshift booths wrapped in tarp, though it wasn’t enough to shield from the weather. Many of the things for sale were lightly dusted with snow, but it didn’t seem to bother anyone.

It was such a treat to wander through the shops and see items that were so traditional and very “Ukrainian”. Matryoshkas, wool socks, sheepskins, and carved wooden items are things we’ve always had laying around at my parents’ house. The samovar looks identical to the one my parents brought with them to the States. Everything was so familiar and nostalgic—these people seemed to know my childhood and I felt like hugging them.

* Julia

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16 comments :

  1. Those flower paintings are brilliant, wow.

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  2. I would be so dangerous there, money wise, because everything is so gorgeous!

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  3. Reminds me of the old days I was in Ukraine! Did you guys buy anything there? How were people reacting to you taking pictures of them and everything they are selling?

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  4. I would have purchased every last thing!

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  5. this reminds me of going to the flea market in a terenchal downpour. These people are dedicated.

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  6. HA.. that's wayyy too awesome!!! my grandma has the exact same red clock u got in one of ur pix=)
    love it!

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  7. I am so excited to have found your gorgeous blog! It will def. be one of my regular reads from now on. I love the layout and the beautiful photography.
    I found you through Bloglovin'.


    Love,
    ~ KristinSavageTravels.blogspot.com ~

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  8. We didn't buy anything because we were still worried about the months of travel ahead of us and didn't want to overload our suitcases. Now I really wish we had some things from Ukraine, but I have no doubt we'll be back soon so its ok.

    Dima- I had to be very secretive about the photos. I usually snapped one as I was walking away from the shop just to avoid confrontation. A few people laughed out loud and said things like "look she's photographing our socks... hahaha". A few people waved their hands and yelled at me. But I don't think they were too serious. They just didn't think they were fitting for a photograph.

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  9. i just found your blog and i love it! these pictures are amazing i love the fur, socks and those little dolls that go into another doll

    http://blacklilac.blogspot.com/

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  10. Those markets. We never have cool ones like that around here! So fun!

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  11. If I was there, I would have grabbed a matroshka for sure. so cute.


    Pearl

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  12. ~your photos are so inspiring
    (going to now go & learn how to use my smanshy camera that I have been fake foto skilling with)
    ps: the vendors are as interesting & integral to the photo as the wares

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  13. Hi! I seen all your photos and I thing that they are amazing. Your photos inspired me to travel around the world and see knew things. What kind of camera did you use on your trip?

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  14. Anonymous- Check our FAQ link at the top of the page for camera questions.

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  15. Hello! Lovely pictures you took there. I'm originally from Lviv. I am considering a little trip there in a couple of weeks. Have you asked how much the Matryoshkas (Russian Dolls) were?
    Thank you!

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