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#47472 - 03/15/05 05:15 PM Madrid..Prints, tiles and shoes - where to buy
Neets Offline
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Registered: 11/06/04
Posts: 6
Loc: Australia
Hi all. I am almost at the end of my absolutely wonderful 3 month stay in Madrid. I´ll be so sad to leave. So, with heading home to the family etc i thought i had better buy a few pressies for them. First i am looking for a tile (about 10x10cm) with a spanish feel about it. Next, some inexpensive prints to frame up once back home. Nothing tacky though, i´m hoping to find something a little bit different from the run-of-the-mill sketch of Plaza Mayor. Last of all I want to buy my boyfriend some shoes. I love the shoes here. It is not so hard to come across a shoe shop but i am wondering if anyone has ever bought shoes from the stands at El Rastro. Is the quality OK? Any suggestions are extremely welcome. Thanks smile

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#47473 - 03/15/05 05:53 PM Re: Madrid..Prints, tiles and shoes - where to buy
Murdy Offline
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Registered: 11/14/04
Posts: 318
Loc: Madrid
For prints, you might try this shop that's above the Prado heading towards the Retiro Park. I don't know the name of it, but it's right next to the Casón de Buen Retiro, on Calle Felipe IV. For more modern stuff, you can try Fan (Fann?) which is on Velazquéz. Starting at the beginning of the street it's on your right before you get to Calle Goya. Speaking of Velázquez, if you walk a little futher (past Goya) and go a block or two, you'll find on the lefthand side a store with decent souvenirs. I think it's called Museum-Musei. Anyway, the gifts are a step up from the usual stuff and the price range is pretty wide.

There you have a few ideas...sorry about the vague directions. laugh

As for shoes in the Rastro, I'll let someone else field that one, but I'd be wary if I were you. Clothes at the Rastro in general are of pretty questionable quality...and often not the bargains they used to be. At least, that's the impression I got when I last went.
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