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Saturday, 23 April 2011

Barcelona - Retail Possibilities

Hermes on the Passeig de Gracia in the Eixample
Well, I have certainly got my money's worth out of our Barcelona minibreak, blogwise!!

What with riding on buses, dodging pickpockets and doing Culcha, there was no time for shopping.  But this did not stop me from keeping an eye out for retail temptations.

Mrs Blighty:  Oh look, Zara, can I go and check out if they have better stuff here than at home?
Mr B and Boys 1 and 2 in unison: No!

Hermes window

Mrs Blighty (tantruming) : wah! wanna look! wah! why can't I?
Boy 1: Mummy, stop that, otherwise you will lose a star from your star chart.
Mrs Blighty: Don't care about a stooopid star, wanna go in the shop!!
Boy 1: Right Mummy loses a star.
Mrs Blighty: Nooooo! please nooooo! gimme star back!! no fair!!! will be good, will go to football stadium and take an interest....

Good choice of Barbies

Soap shop near the Placa de Sant Felip Neri (church with bullet holes)

Soap petals

Rose petal strewn shop in the Barri Gotic, Boy 1 marches right in

Leaf lady outside rose strewn shop

Las Ramblas, with stalls selling palms for Palm Sunday

Glove makers near our hotel in the Eixample


More Loewe goodies
Lovely vintage shop in Barri Gotic

Think that dress at the back might be Pucci

The two girls on the left were Japanese and were so cute and stylish, they went with the shop perfectly

Boy 1 excited that his Nikes are featured in the window of the Nike shop

Boy 1 rearranges the display in the Nike store while Boy 2 thinks about his next ice cream
Finally I did sneak into a Zara.

Guess what?

They had exactly the same stuff as in our local Happy Valley Shopping Centre here in Bucks.

Zara top, available at Zara Barcelona, Spain and Zara High Wycombe, UK

Humph! That my friends is globalisation....


  1. Zara opened here in Sydney last week. Much excitement ensued. It's fine - apparently we get our own special Australian range. It was heaving with people so very hard to see the actual stock. I bought a handbag though. All was not lost (including the 15 min wait in a queue to get in).

    Have you sorted your outfit for the world's biggest event yet? Friday's bin collection is very important you know!

  2. hi blighty,

    thanks for the answer re blighty blogname.

    i'm always comforted knowing the same junk is in all the stores. last week i drove an hour to get to pasadena to do some fancy shopping and left empty-handed b/c it was the same old junk that i have here. i always think the retailers are hiding all the good stuff from me. your boys are adorable btw.


  3. Janet - yes I was convinced Zara would have extra good stuff in the stores in Spain, but no, same old, same old..
    Miss Kitty - so funny to think of queues for Zara over there - the thrill of the new I guess. Hope you are feeling wellxx

  4. *wipes up drool* Oh I love a bit of window shopping. The gloooooves! The rose petals in the shop!!!! Can you IMAGINE that happening in Glasgow????

    Did small boys have a nice time? Did you bring Mr Blighty home with you too? Or trade him in for a smouldering Spaniard *daydreams idly*

    Ali xxxx

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