Day Tripping in Spain (3 of 3) by Barbara Schmidt, studiobstyle

Narrow Streets of San Sebastian/Basque - one of our favorites day trips in Spain

Narrow Streets of San Sebastian/Basque - one of our favorites day trips in Spain

I have to mention a couple of other Spanish experiences – although there were many - it’s shopping! The stylist in me comes out when we are wandering around and I found several amazing shops in all the places we visited.

 

San Sebastian - it was warm enough to sit by the sea near the old city. 

San Sebastian - it was warm enough to sit by the sea near the old city. 

San Sebastian

When we were in San Sebastian wandering around eating Pintxos (small bites of food easily eaten at the bar.) I found the most amazing tribal textile shop Nomada. And, of course, I had to buy a rug and ship it back. The shop’s owners, travel all over Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Niger, Tibet etc. buying goods for their shop. They sell online as well so check here for their completely unique inventory.

One of several hundred fabulous one-of-a-kind rugs at Nomada 

One of several hundred fabulous one-of-a-kind rugs at Nomada 

Just beyond the border was a wonderful sea town - St. Jean de Luz

Just beyond the border was a wonderful sea town - St. Jean de Luz

St. Jean de Luz, France

This was just a day trip into France. We wanted to drive up the coast and happened to stop here. I found the antique store right on the marina – Gallerie Verrer. Monsieur Verrer was not in the day we visited but his charming coworker befriended us and bought us drinks for our wonderful local lunch down the street. This store is the real deal and there were so many yummy items I had to hold myself back.

 

Hand carved Bakelite lidded purse with original silk handle from the 1930 or so.  

Hand carved Bakelite lidded purse with original silk handle from the 1930 or so.  

Madrid

Every Sunday in the streets of central Madrid there is a fair called the El Rastro Market. We checked it out but many of the vendors had the same items – vintage looking printed t-shirts etc.

Fortunately, there is an entire antique mall located just off the El Rastro to look for truly unique items. It was hard not to ship back some larger pieces but I did find some artwork and vintage books that would fit in our carry-ons. Check out Berenis for their online inventory.

 

Antique glass and cut crystal decanters at Bennis Antiques in Madrid, Spain

Antique glass and cut crystal decanters at Bennis Antiques in Madrid, Spain

After 10 days in Spain we flew back and started to plan our next adventure! Cross your fingers we will be at Fashion Week in February schedules permitting. Safe travels!

 

Barbara Schmidt