Market and more

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The word "ΠΑΝΤΟΠΩΛΕΙΟΝ" on the sign over this wrecked entrance means grocery shop, in Greek. Before the coming of super markets in the 60s, all the commerce was happening through shops like that. The population of Greece was mainly farmers and stockbreeders that produced most of their food but a shop for the needs that couldn't be satisfied locally, was essential. There were thousands of shops like that all over Greece, from every town, to the smallest villages. But that was in the past, now everything is different.

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The modern version of those shops are mainly addressed to tourists and only a few still exist, in order to satisfy the needs of the locals. The pictures above are from a pastry shop but you can get the picture. Grocery shop has become from a place to buy some basic goods, to a sophisticated store with fancy and often overpriced delicacies.

I am telling you all this with the excuse of #MarketFriday initiated by @dswigle, a nice motivation to focus on the markets and the buying habits of people! Of course that isn't a reason not to show you something more. So let me take you for a small scroll around "Koroni", the small town that helped me illustrate this post.

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The castle is a landmark for the town and a very famous one, at least in Greece. But the settlement itself is very charming too! All the compounds of the typical Greek stereotype are here. Narrow roads, plants popping up from the most improbable places and stairs, lots of stairs. All the things that make our villages beautiful and at the same time, quite hard to live in :)

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It is a very popular destination and you can find many information about it with a little searching but let me quote a description that I liked.

Koroni is amphitheatrically built on a low-lying hill. It will enchant you with the beautiful stately homes painted in light colours with characteristic blue or yellow windows, yards filled with colourful flowers, picturesque stone-paved little streets, narrow back streets and a large number of churches.
During the Venetian occupation, Koroni developed and created its own handicraft centre. Later, the town took on the important role of a political and military centre of the Eastern Mediterranean.
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Unless stated otherwise, all the pictures and the words are mine.

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Beautifully captured @fotostef 😊
I love the old fashioned stores… much more character than the big chains.
It looks like such a wonderful day. 🌸🌺☀️ Thank you for sharing with us.
It brightens up a day, just looking at your photos 😎
Happy weekend!

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Manifesting that I can visit greece one day 😃 amazing pictures with the first ones being my most favorite!

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Thank you very much @macchiata, I hope you'll have the chance to visit Greece really soon :)

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Even food is sold with glitz now, isn't it? I like the look of the older buildings, too.

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I guess we see things in the same way but we are probably the exceptions.
Thank you for stopping by @wwwiebe :)

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Fantastic shots. Dear friend, how can I contact you? Telegram or WhatsApp or Instagram???

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Thanks, my instagram name is orangestudio.gr

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Oh!! You know what I like! The typical Greek stereotypes are exactly what people expect when they get there, and it never disappoints! I will never find the beauty of Greece to be ordinary. A very interesting way to start and meander through the post. I loved it!! #MarketFriday is not just about the #Markets, it is slanted that way and I have really liked the way you interspers the post with the flavors of the culture.

In this way, everyone wants to be Greek!

How many different ways can you fit a set of stairs into the landscape? Hundreds and hundreds, different and some very much the same. You have touched on one of the loveliest things about here, the stairs and the winding narrow streets. The stores at the beginning? We still have many Greek and Italian stores like that in some of the neighborhoods in New England where I grew up. It's like being family! Love, love, love!

Fridays are all about the #MarketFriday Challenge! Looking to take part in it? Here is how:


Rules of the Road to Join #MarketFriday!


  1. Go to the market, or anywhere that you pay money for a service.
    Take pictures! Be creative!
  2. Tell us a little bit about the market or the event. What brought you there? What did you buy? How much did it cost? Was it expensive or cheap? Did it go up or down? Please do not post 30 pictures with no words about them.Do not use pictures more than once in a post!
  3. Post the pictures. Of course, you should tell a little bit about the ones you post, it is too difficult to guess on some
    4. #MarketFriday must be your first tag.
    Use the MarketFriday Community Platform to post (#hive-196308) This is not required but appreciated.
    5. PLEASE Drop the link into the MarketFriday comment section so I can find it!!
  4. Following me and reblogging the post would be appreciated, but not a rule, more vision for more views on the #MarketFriday posts!
    7. You must put #MarketFriday by @dswigle somewhere on your post.
As always, please remember! #MarketFriday loves you!
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Thank you so much! I am starting to believe that receiving a comment from you, is good enough reason on its own, to join #marketfriday :)

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Yes, please! :) And thank you! You do such awesome posts, always!

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This town has got so much character.
It is sad to think of all the small independent shops that have been forced to shut down, because of supermarkets moving in.
A huge supermarket got built in the town closet to me and I refuse to use it, better to stick with local shops.
Loved this walk through with you, your photos are beautiful xxx

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Yes, small shops are in danger of extinction and no-one seems to care.
Thank you very much for stopping by!

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