The gastropod that didn’t get away

I have often described my neighborhood as a rabbit warren because it is a collection of small streets, alleys and narrow lanes but there is another aspect of it that also fits the description of a rabbit warren and that is the existence of basement shops. There are many of these in my neighborhood and many more throughout Tbilisi.

This is a picture of the entrance to a basement baker. Baker shops are always very hot places because of the traditional clay oven called “Tonne” that is used to bake the bread. The tall person said that this shop will be even hotter because it is underground.

Two ladies who sell things have set up their lemon shop outside the baker shop, perhaps because it is a warm place to sit or maybe they think that people think of lemons when they buy bread.

It is nice to see these two ladies who sell things sitting together. I imagine that they pass the time by creating exciting recipes for lemons and bread whilst waiting for customers.

This is a picture of an underground fruit and vegetable shop. I pass this when I go to my petshop for food for me and Mr. ‘Crazy’ Parrot. The meandering trail on the sidewalk and road makes me suspect that a giant snail has tried to rob the fruit and vegetable shop. The tall person told me that snails are not renowned for making a quick getaway so I expect its raid was unsuccessful.

In my neighborhood and throughout Tbilisi it is possible to buy everything you need from basement shops. The tall person said that if they were ever connected to each other they would be the largest shopping mall in the world and we could go shopping on rainy days like today and never get wet.

Hmm, you told me that you like walking in the rain tall person.

18 thoughts on “The gastropod that didn’t get away

  1. My person says she loves learning about all of your little shops. She says it’s so different than the kind of shopping where we live. I don’t know because she never takes me shopping – not even to the pet store. I guess it’s okay though, because I have my trails. -Bongo

  2. Oh my goodness, what a funny post! The line about the snail had me in stitches! Lola, Shary’s dog featured your blog and I’m glad she did. This post put a smile on my face! 🙂

  3. Oh, sweet Bassa another very interesting and educational post. Those lemons look good. Thank you for another great adventure story. Hugs and nose kisses

  4. Poor giant snail( ! ), if there are many small shops in Tbilisi, anyone can open their own shops selling some homemade stuff?Do you have any favorit shops among those small shops?

    • I am sure anyone can open shops Kevin. There are some little ones in my neighborhood that have been built into yard walls and are obviously operated by the people who live in the houses. I have lots of favorites but the basement bakeries smell the best!

  5. I love your walks through your neighbor
    Hood so much to see and learn about
    Where you live. It is so interesting as we
    Nothing like that near us. It is soo much
    Fun to learn about other places and how
    Everyone lives. Thank you.

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