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    Street stalls: Basketball and gifts

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This figure of basketball player, on my picture, was sold from street stalls, put one by one, along southern bank of Galve Lake, just north of the wooden bridge to the island castle.

    I saw a lot of gifts and souvenirs referred to basketball sold in Trakai and generally in Lithuania. Locals were proud of great succeses of Lithuanian basketball. Lithuanian basketball national team (men) won European Championships in 2003. More: follow the link below, please.

    What to buy: Lithuanian basketball player, figure/statue, alive ones must be very expensive :-).

    What to pay: Generally low and not fixed prices, although a little bit higher than on street stalls around. Try to bargain (preferably in... Lithuanian or Russian). Good luck :-).

    LITHUANIAN  BASKETBALL  PLAYER LITHUANIAN  BASKETBALL  PLAYERS AND NURSES :-)
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    Suvenyrai, shop of amber: Souvenirs, amber...

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This store/shop was placed in typical Trakai wooden house and offered various gifts, souvenirs and local craft like: wooden figures/statues, mugs and bells, ceramic plates and pots, Lithuanian witches riding a broom, rag dolls etc. Add quite good choice of amber jewelry from simple bracelets to necklaces to amber fixed with silver and amber stones with insects inside.

    What to buy: What you like. I would choose some ceramics and amber + silver jewelry.

    What to pay: Generally low or medium prices, although a little bit higher than on street stalls but better quality must cost. If you spend more try to bargain (preferably in... Lithuanian or Russian). Good luck :-). Anyway, prices were lower than in any such touristy destination in Western Europe.

    SUVENYRAI,  SHOP  OF  AMBER SUVENYRAI,  SHOP  OF  AMBER
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    Street stalls: Funny T-shirts

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 2, 2007

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    This T-shirt, on my picture, and many others, were sold from street stalls, put one by one, along southern bank of Galve Lake, just north of the wooden bridge to the island castle.

    What to buy: T-shirts. There was written: "Lithuania. Hmm... but where is it" on this one, on my picture. I could see them in many gift stores in Lithuania.

    What to pay: Tourist price (high as for Lithuania): 30 Lt per one T-shirt (approx. € 9; US$ 10.9; 42 Polish zloty). Try to bargain (preferably in... Lithuanian or Russian). Good luck :-).

    LITHUANIA.  HMMM...  BUT  WHERE  IS  IT ? T-SHIRTS T-SHIRTS T-SHIRT
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    Gift store/shop: Lithuanian art

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 2, 2007

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    These two ceramic items, on my picture (enlarge), and many others, were sold in a gift store, located at southern bank of Galve Lake, just north of the wooden bridge to the island castle. I was told that they were made by Lithuanian artist. Well, was it really Lithuanian art?

    What to buy: Ceramic hand-made art made by Lithuanian craft artists.

    What to pay: Generally low and not fixed prices, although higher (like the quality) than on street stalls around. First price was below 20 Lt (€ 6; US$ 7.25; 28 Polish zloty) for each of the ceramic items. Try to bargain (preferably in... Lithuanian or Russian). Good luck :-).

    LITHUANIAN  ART
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    Gift store/shop: Ceramic art

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 2, 2007

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    These ceramic items, on my picture (enlarge), were sold in a gift store, located at southern bank of Galve Lake, just north of the wooden bridge to the island castle.

    What to buy: Ceramic hand-made art made by Lithuanian craft artists.

    What to pay: Generally low and not fixed prices, although higher (like the quality) than on street stalls around. First price was approx. 20-30 Lt (€ 6-9; US$ 7.25-10.9; 28-42 Polish zloty) or over for each small piece of art. Try to bargain (preferably in... Lithuanian or Russian). Good luck :-).

    CERAMIC  ART
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    Gift store/shop: Ceramic pots

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 2, 2007

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    These colorful ceramic pots, on my picture (enlarge), were sold in a gift store, located at southern bank of Galve Lake, just north of the wooden bridge to the island castle. Most of the ceramic stuff offered in Trakai (esp. from street stalls) was a little bit kitschy in my opinion but not in this store. Take a closer look and you will find something interesting for you, I am sure.

    What to buy: Ceramic pots, hand-painted by Lithuanian craft artists.

    What to pay: Generally low and not fixed prices, although higher (like the quality) than on street stalls around. First price was approx. 20-30 Lt (€ 6-9; US$ 7.25-10.9; 28-42 Polish zloty) for a pot. Try to bargain (preferably in... Lithuanian or Russian). Good luck :-).

    CERAMIC  POTS
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    Gift store/shop: My recommendation

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 2, 2007

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    They sold there various wooden, ceramic and other gifts, souvenirs and local craft. Add some funny stuff. I liked some of them.
    The seller could speak a little bit English.

    What to buy: Gifts: wooden, ceramic and others. I liked esp. some ceramics sold there.

    What to pay: Generally low and not fixed prices, although a little bit higher than on street stalls around. Try to bargain (preferably in... Lithuanian or Russian). Good luck :-).

    GIFT  STORE/SHOP
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    Gift store/shop: Ceramic plates

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 2, 2007

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    These ceramic plates, on my picture (enlarge), were sold in a gift store, located at southern bank of Galve Lake, just north of the wooden bridge to the island castle. Most of the ceramic stuff offered in Trakai (esp. from street stalls) was a little bit kitschy in my opinion but not in this store. Take a closer look and you will find something interesting for you, I am sure.

    What to buy: Ceramic plates, hand-made painted by Lithuanian craft artists.

    What to pay: Generally low and not fixed prices, although higher (like the quality) than on street stalls around. First price was approx. 20-30 Lt (€ 6-9; US$ 7.25-10.9; 28-42 Polish zloty) for a plate. Try to bargain (preferably in... Lithuanian or Russian). Good luck :-).

    CERAMICS  BY  LOCAL  ARTISTS (ENLARGE!) CERAMICS  BY  LOCAL  ARTISTS (ENLARGE!)
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    Street stalls: Samovars

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 2, 2007

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    This samovar, on my picture, and many others, were sold from street stalls, put one by one, along southern bank of Galve Lake, just north of the wooden bridge to the island castle.

    What to buy: Old, Russian, cylindric samovars. Their seller assured that they were authentic, from 19th century. Maybe, but I was not sure.

    Keep in mind that export of any old item (including authetic = old samovars) is not allowed unless you obtain special permission from the state.

    Hmm... if you buy the fake old samovar you can have problems on the border crossing point as well, I suppose. It takes time to determine whether it's old or new, I am sure. Well, I crossed the borders to Poland and Latvia by my car and as the two countries and Lithuania were EU members since 1 may 2004 they checked only my ID or passport but never my luggage as there were no customs between EU countries.

    What to pay: Generally low and not fixed prices. Try to bargain (preferably in... Lithuanian or Russian). Good luck :-).

    RUSSIAN  SAMOVAR RUSSIAN  SAMOVARS RUSSIAN  SAMOVARS
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    Street stalls: Wooden bells

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 2, 2007

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    These wooden, small bells, on my picture, were sold from street stalls, put one by one, along southern bank of Galve Lake, just north of the wooden bridge to the island castle.

    What to buy: Wooden bells. Well, I didn't like their design but if you like it...

    What to pay: Generally low and not fixed prices. Try to bargain (preferably in... Lithuanian or Russian). Good luck :-).

    WOODEN  BELLS
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    Street stalls: Wooden mugs

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 2, 2007

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    These wooden mugs, on my picture, and other amber jewelry were sold from street stalls, put one by one, along southern bank of Galve Lake, just north of the wooden bridge to the island castle.

    What to buy: Wooden mugs. I liked esp. the largest and simplest of them.

    What to pay: Generally low and not fixed prices. Try to bargain (preferably in... Lithuanian or Russian). Good luck :-).

    WOODEN  MUGS STREET STALLS
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    Street stalls: Ceramics

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 2, 2007

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    These ceramic plates and mugs, on my picture, were sold from street stalls, put one by one, along southern bank of Galve Lake, just north of the wooden bridge to the island castle. Most of the ceramic stuff they offered was a little bit kitschy in my opinion. Anyway, take a closer look and you will find something interesting for you, I am sure.

    What to buy: Ceramic plates and mugs with pictures of Trakai and an island castle painted on them (not my favourite), if you like them.

    What to pay: Generally low and not fixed prices. Try to bargain (preferably in... Lithuanian or Russian). Good luck :-).

    CERAMICS STREET STALLS CERAMICS
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    Street stalls: Amber and silver jewelry

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 2, 2007

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    These amber and silver jewelry, on my picture, and other amber jewelry were sold from street stalls, put one by one, along southern bank of Galve Lake, just north of the wooden bridge to the island castle.

    What to buy: Simple and cheap jewelry made of Baltic amber ("gintaras") from bracelets to necklaces... if you like amber. It was not the best choice but, anyway, I liked silver fixed with amber.
    Later on, during my Lithuanian trip, I found amber with insects inside but they were much more expensive, at least in Vilnius.

    What to pay: Generally low and not very fixed prices. Try to bargain (preferably in... Lithuanian or Russian). Good luck :-). First price for amber necklaces was only 10 (€ 3.01; US$ 3.63; 13.82 Polish zl) or 12 Lt.

    SILVER  AND  AMBER  JEWELRY SILVER  AND  AMBER  JEWELRY SILVER  AND  AMBER  JEWELRY SILVER  AND  AMBER  JEWELRY
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    Street stalls: Hats of the Red Army

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 2, 2007

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    These hats, on my picture, were sold from street stalls, put one by one, along southern bank of Galve Lake, just north of the wooden bridge to the island castle. They were used by Soviet Red Army which occupied Lithuania in 1944-1991.

    What to buy: Hats of Soviet army men.

    What to pay: Generally low and not fixed prices. Try to bargain (preferably in... Lithuanian or Russian). Good luck :-).

    HATS  OF  THE  SOVIET  ARMY
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    Street stalls: Lithuanian witches and brooms :-)

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 2, 2007

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    This doll with a broom, on my picture, was sold from street stalls, put one by one, along southern bank of Galve Lake, just north of the wooden bridge to the island castle.

    What to buy: Dolls of Lithuanian traditional witch ("ragana") - always riding a traditional witches' broom. The Devil told the early Lithuanian witches to ride the broom like a horse. They could then levitate safely, because they were afraid.

    What to pay: Cheap area! Not so easy to find in Europe nowadays! Enjoy! No fixed prices, do barhain, bargain, bargain and... do not except large dicounts. Prices in stores were higher, well, the quality better as well.

    WITH  A  BROOM  IN  HAND
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