The village of Ratchaburi is located about 100 km or so east of Bangkok.
Here is what it starts to look like when you get close to the village:
Here is a typical street in the village, and when I say street I mean canal, with the houses side-by-side along it:
And another view of a typical Ratchaburi street:
This is the tourist side of the Damnoen Saduak floating market in Thailand. The boats are filled with souvenirs:
And this is the non-tourist side of the Damnoen Saduak floating market in Thailand. The boats are filled with vegetables, groceries, and some of them have little kitchens for cooking fast food:
The water fountain outside of my apartment building has a tall spire topped with steel acrobats.
Here is one view:
And here is a different view:
I’ve seen these things for years – but like so many things, I only just realized that for Americans this concept might be kind of strange.
The countrysides of Germany and Switzerland are filled with little “self-service” stands owned by local farmers. You can stop anytime and get flowers, vegetables, and sometimes even eggs. There’s a little jar for you to put your money, and it run 100% according to the honor system.
I took this snap of a flower stand just outside of the Northern Swiss village of Embrach: