Make your own free website on Tripod.com

 

Click on the pictures, some can be enlarged!

 

 

The Tbilisi Grand Market

 

The famous Tbilisi Bazaar has been wiped out by the Soviet government as decadent private business. More recent post- Brezhnev attempts to revive the former Bazaar area between Rustaveli Avenue and the Kura with paint and French gas lights and cafés has created an "Old Town" movie prop for tourists but little more. The nearest institution to the former Bazaar is the Grand Market near the railroad station, where farmers sell anything from brooms and roses to fruit, spices, vegetables, and piglets. Here one can still try one's skill in identifying the various ethnic minorities although this has become hard, because the distinctive regional and ethnic costumes are only more worn on Tbilisoba. Still, a girl most of whose teeth have been replaced by gold crowns has to be Moslem and speak Azeri-Turkish. The Azeri women also like bright colors. The Russians can be told by the paranoid gloom with which they consider my camera. And many Georgian women - and some of the men - have the typical small round mouth. Sophiko would take us there once a week on her shopping trips.

 

 

 

Georgian farmer

 

 

Georgian couple selecting a piglet. The piglets have been murdered through a tiny hole at their throat. They are otherwise completely intact. Notice their eerie teeth.

 

 

A Russian woman selling white cheese

 

 

Pickled anything, the vile garlic is the best

 

 

Armenian Spice Lady

 

 

Azeri broom binders

 

 

Azeri girl

 

Gold teeth! Another charming Azeri girl

 

 

Paranoid Russians?

 

 

Tartar couple with their Georgian speaking son (left out of the picture)

 

 

Live chicken and turkeys in the basement, nobody would think of buying dead fowl

 

"Georgian Greens" - Piles of cilantro, parsley, spring onions, and less familiar greens make up the foundation of Georgian soups and sauces.

 

  Return to Travels in Georgia