When we saw a mannequin dressed a a WWI soldier outside the shop, we knew we had to go in. We were wandering around little Hungarian town, Eger, where one feels like the time had stopped during the Empire. Inside was a real paradise for bargain hunters-from old porcelain, XIX iron to old clocks and photos. I immediately made a beeline for old cameras.
Made in USSR read on the back of a stylish Zorki 6 camera. My resident photographer, @behindtheseventhdoor checked it and miraculously- the mechanics were fine and it seemed to work! We got it on the spot together with some communist insignia, a hand mill for a coffee, old lamp and…well… other stuff 🙂
I love rummaging around small shops on our travels. The less obvious, the better. I never want to see another chain global store when I’m travelling- it’s dispiriting and it makes me feel as if I was in the clutches of giant companies from whom there is no escape.
Eger was different though- amongst a few shops selling tourists tat and couple of (really, truly) badly made clothes, there were little gems like this one. In another place we came across hand painted porcelain bracelets and local silver jewellery. We got the lot of course (you see couple of them in today’s photos)- in a years to come they will be a beautiful reminder of our holiday there, long after the wine is drunk and the fridge magnes lost 🙂