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Going Shopping In Pripyat, (Chernobyl Exclusion Zone), Ukraine- Oct 2016

 

Apologies for the photos here! These were all shot on an phone as my DSLR had completely succumbed to the damp weather by this point and was acting as a weight in my bag!!

 

So, our last day in Pripyat, we were dropped off outside the former Hair Salon and Chemists and sent on our way to explore what we wanted for 2 hours.  I had my dosimeter on hand as a lot of walking was needed through the woods for the lesser seen things; things which may be overlooked by normal tours because they are small and tucked away, but full of old gems!  

 

Pripyat was one of the more privileged places in The Soviet Union because of the Power Plant. For example; it was one of the only places you could get Chanel No. 1, and various quality Western Goods, second only to Moscow, Russia.

We know from before that Pripyat was a city of privilege and culture, where pianos were commonplace in many buildings and our first stop was to a Piano shop tucked in the shopping district of Pripyat.  Pianos in here as far as the eye can see; but none were in particular great shape after 30 years of being left to the elements.  

 

Its funny, its hard to picture Pripyat as being anything but a city with lots of buildings among the shrubbery, but these buildings were once on concrete plains with massive roads and wide open spaces.  The trees were all saplings
or young when Pripyat was evacuated.  Its interesting to see how nature has taken over.

 

Behind the Piano Shop was an Electrical Goods Shop which housed many models of appliance which could also be found inside the apartment blocks within The Zone; a good marker of the standardisation  within the Soviet Union.  Situated behind the white goods shop was a large Meat and Dairy Supermarket with all of its chillers still inside.  These would have been emptied in 1987 and the food buried by the Female Liquidators to stop the spread of infectious diseases
from the perishable goods within.

 

After doing these shops, it was onto Pripyats Hair Salon and finally the chemists which was in the same building but on the Ground Floor

 

Pripyat Piano Shop

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Electronics Shop

 

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Meat and Dairy Market

 

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Pharmacy (Apotheke)

 

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Pripyat Hair Salon

 

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As always guys, its been a pleasure, thanks for looking; sorry for the iphone pics!  DSLR has been replaced, I have gone from Sony to Canon!

 

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Grab a joint of meat at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157676105120095

Pick up your prescription At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157676049336235

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It was a more of being kicked off a bus and told to go find what we wanted and come back later holiday.  

 

12 hours exploring each day for four days, and driving to more "unseen" parts. Some of which were actually In good condition!

 

This wasn't a tour really. And I've worked my arse off for weeks prepping reports and pruning. I know it's a lot and I've cut so much stuff out its unreal!  Probably did 30 different sites. Some days we drove for 3 hours!!!  

 

Believe it or not there was once a time where a forum would have absorbed that many reports without issue!

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