Monday, 3 January 2011

Barcelona ~ Markets

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My Barcelona trip was marketed as 'Barcelona Christmas Markets' but I have to say I was a little disappointed with the actual Christmas market. Despite it being set in front of the very beautiful cathedral, there was a lot of repetition between the stalls with a lot of them selling much the same (see below). I was overjoyed however, to unexpectedly find my favourite kind of market, the flea-market (see above). The stalls were beautifully set out and were a magpie's dream. The goods were of course expensive but the quality and variation were quite impressive.

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49 comments:

Kitten said...

Lovely!

Alice said...

Where was the flea market in Barca? Don't remember seeing it when I was there!

Beautiful photos as ever

xx

sacramento said...

Fantastic photos...Nothing I like better than a flea market. Not many around here.
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Rachel said...

So pretty - I really want that type writer! x

laura emily said...

What beautiful finds! I especially love all the vintage cameras, what a dream!

Vera said...

I live in Barcelona and see the markets all the time. It was refreshing to see your beautiful photos and be reminded of the precious details that exist in my city.

Martini Lamartss said...

Wow! Amazing the Flea Market! A lot of beauty things!! Did you buy something?? I think I couldn't stop shopping...

Julia said...

this is amazing. I love your pictures, they are so different.
xxx

claire eloise said...

That flea market looks like a treasure trove! I can only imagine the wonderful things you could find there! You are so lucky to travel so much! xx

Kate said...

Beautiful photos, a lot of people I know have said that about Christmas Markets and have been disappointed bu them, so I'm glad that you found this one instead - did you buy anything there? x

Sarah said...

Love this place - it's the one by the strange roundabout, right? Every time I go, I fall in love with something large/breakable and curse myself

Happy new year Paula! xx

Hannah said...

Beautiful pictures, I love going to markets, especially when abroad! The stuff is 'usually' so different from what you find at home! I went to Barcelona in Summer 2009 and am so desperate to go back again, it's such an amazing city =)

Hannah xx

Gawgus things... said...

The flea market looks gorgeous! We have lots in Paris but they're so flipping expensive I have yet to buy anything there. Ah well...!

Morgiss said...

lovely things ;o)

vintagereflection said...

I love having a good mooch around flea markets. Great photography yet again! x

My New Favourite Thing said...

How incredible! i want to delve into your photographs and go exploring!

Olivia xx

Haute World said...

Ooh, that flea market looks incredible! I never got a chance to visit any when I was in Barcelona. I do have the same problem with most Christmas markets though (overly commercialised and repetitive). It's what I miss most about Germany, as few other countries seem to have a good selection.

Hope you have a very happy new year :)

janettaylor said...

Ooooh, wonderful photos!

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Ms. P said...

oh, you take such a beautiful photos.. that's why i keep coming back of what's something new you see on your side of the world. :)

Harriet said...

The flea market looks stunning! Christmas markets I often find a bit disappointing but anything selling old and vintage brick-a-brack is perfect for me!

Fashion Junkie said...

The flea market looks like a treasure trove- did you manage to purchase anything exciting?

Jaclyn said...

Such great photos, I love all of the treasures from the flea market.

Just came across your blog, it is beautiful!

Cloud of Secrets said...

What visually rich flea market finds. You, like Making Magique, need to publish a coffee table book of your photos someday! Too bad the flea market was expensive; I was hoping you'd find a suitcase full of treasures to bring home.

Style Eyes said...

Such a shame the Christmas market was disappointing but glad you found something better to look at. I love browsing flea markets too.

Lizzy said...

wow, great snaps! I'm going to Barcelona in February, i cannot wait. It looks fabulous x

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E is for Eleanor said...

oh the beautiful tins are my favourite!

WeShop said...

Beautiful images. I have a dressing table set like that in the first pic - inherited from my granny and much loved. xx
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Jenny*Ilovemuffins* said...

Hola Paula,
I am glad you liked Barcelona - next time you're around let me know and I'll give you some vintage shopping tips.
Happy new year, my dear:)

Taryn said...

so many wonderful things! That flea market looks like a great one, want to fill my house with treasures like that.

fashion clocked said...

gorgeous photos as always. I adore the vintage market in the square in the gothic quarter ( i wonder if that is where you took these photos) and have fallen in love with many treasures there...often way too expensive- a beautiful illustrated set of playing cards, old vogue covers and keys!!katie.xxx
fashion clocked

Making Magique said...

how did i miss this when i was there?! beautifulllll pics!

xoxo Haleigh

Summer said...

i love christmas markets they make me happy :)
I loved the ones in Rome when I was there

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xoxo
summer

Tights Lover said...

I love the photos! I'd love to visit a flea-market like that!

The Fashion Buzz said...

Great pictures here- and really lovely hairbrush!

and flowers pick themselves said...

that third photo is SO splendid!

xo Alison

Jessica Turnbow said...

Your blog is my very favorite. Thank you for always posting such beautiful pictures!

persephone said...

I don't know how you managed to leave without buying the whole market clean!

Melati said...

wowww! authentic collection!!! so nice =))

Lauren said...

MY EYES MY EYES!! Those goodies are all so lovely!

PinkBow said...

thanks everyone! so sorry (again) for the late reply!

alice - quite near to la rambla

martini, kate, fashion junkie - i could quite easily have bought LOADS!! but due to breakables/budget etc, i bought only the little pink seahorse in the 18th pic :-)

jenny - i wish i had thought to contact you before i went!!

jessica - thank you so much!!

Mat said...

this is the most visual post i think i have ever seen, every pic is bursting with something different to look at. great stuff! quite a good find then

Dotti said...

Looks quite like antique paradise through your lense, dear.

Have a happy new year, by the way.

Love, Dotti

Elodie said...

Wow, this looks lovely! I wish I were there!!!! x

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Ah, I adore ancient glass and prett decanters. Would so loved to have been there - prancing around at that market. Have a sweet weekend. And I am smitten with your painterly pictures above.

kit and nancy. said...

just exquisite.

littledollface said...

Wow, it's really interesting to see what goes on in winter, I've only ever been in summer. Lovely market, I hope you found something nice as a keepsake. x Happy New year too!

Melanie's Randomness said...

I don't think I could ever go to Barcelona because I would max out the weight I can bring home in a suitcase. I love all those lil items from the flea markets, especially the old cameras!! Beautiful!! =)

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

I love to see these pictures from Barcelona! I sort of live there part time, but not as much as I'd like, and love seeing it on other blogs. That market is definitely cute. : )