This post is part of my weekly travel photo series, inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter.
This week’s #FriFotos theme is FOR SALE, and people are sharing photos of markets, souks and stores around the world. Now I’m not a huge shopper. But I do indulge once in a while when I’m on the road, particularly on jewelry, accessories – scarves, hats, arm warmers (in the case of Lapland) – and local art. I can’t help it. I start thinking that I’ll never be back in St. Petersburg…..Lima….Jerusalem….and the credit card comes out.
Buenos Aires is one city where my wallet was severely tempted. It’s tied with Helsinki as a place where I would return, simply the shop. The photo above shows jewelry in Plaza Serrano in the Palermo district of Buenos Aires. By the time that I made it to this hipster neighborhood, I had already done some retail damage. I had bought myself a cherry red leather bag from Prune in the posh Recoleta neighborhood, and wandered the Feria de San Telmo, an antique fair that takes place every Sunday.
Palermo Soho, where Plaza Serrano is located, is a part of the city that’s filled with trendy restaurants, bars and boutiques. While I bought some jewelry for my mother at one of the market stalls, the streets were lined with shops touting higher-end merchandise. Argentine women are famously sexy (plastic surgery is quite common), and I lusted after some of the high-heeled shoes I saw in the windows, so pretty and yet so impractical. Even the least girly girl can be tempted sometimes.
Where’s your favorite city to shop?