Monday, August 18, 2008
THE MARKET- AWESOME STUFF FOR CHEAP PRICES
Everyday except for Sunday, the outdoor market is open. Food, clothes, purses, wallets and random items are all sold here. There are three sections of the outdoor market: clothes, food, and miscellaneous items. The indoor part of the market, designed by Plecnik, (an architect) sells: meat, fish, breads, and bakery products. There are also tons of craft stands lining the streets.
If you live in Cincinnati Ohio, you probably know of Findley Market. The food section of the outdoor market is a bit like it. It sells fruits, vegetables, honey, and potted plants. You may be confused about the "honey and potted plants". The honey, is because Ljubljana is famous for their honey. Lots of people sell it, along with beeswax candles and honey alcohol. The problem is that the honey alcohol is the same color as the honey, so instead of honey, you may come home with alcohol. The potted plants are basil, rosemary, lavender, etc. Occasionally some potted flowers also. There is also another section of the outdoor market which sells clothes, wallets, purses, and as my Mom puts it, "the junk sale". The junk sale is basically a collection of random items that look like they were picked out of an antique shop. In the food section, lots of people will give you samples of their food, especially samples of apples. All of the parts of the outdoor market close at different times on different days. When they close, everyone takes down all of their stuff and packs it up, then the next day they put it all back up again!! Crazy huh? Lots of people will stay there till it closes. Great place to hang out!!!
The indoor market is just as busy. Outside of the building, there are lots of stands with souvenir and utilitarian items. It is the oddest collection of items varying from stained glass to wooden dolls that bounce up and down. Inside the building are bakery items like rolls, and loaves of bread. There is also meat and a small bit of cheese. Then you go down a level and you get to the fish. There are lots of varieties of fish. Squids, octapi, salmon, and herring are only a small bit of what kind of fish are down there. The next room over is a bar, but it seems like it's never open. There is also an elevator in the building, and restaurants around the outside of the building looking over the Ljubljanica River. Good food!!
On both sides of the streets that are around the market, there are more stands. The items sold here are a bit like the outdoor market items except weirder. There is still honey but they also sell: beach towels, Tupperware, and more. There are also these craft stands but they all sell the same thing: wicker, wood and machine items. The wicker stuff is mostly wicker chairs, and wicker baskets. The wood stuff is mostly wood pencils, toys and small souvenirs that say Slovenia or Ljubljana. The machine items are also wooden. It is like these ice cream makers, wagons, wine openers and stuff like that. Near it there are also lots of stands with flowers. Mostly bouquets and single roses. Very fun to look at!!
In the title of my blog I said AWESOME STUFF FOR CHEAP PRICES and it's true. All of the stuff here is awesome and usually very cheap. It is also much more fun to go to the market than the supermarket and you get to see all of the souvenirs. So remember, if you ever come to Ljubljana Slovenia, go to the market.