One of the biggest flea markets that I have ever been to is located in Madrid, Spain.
El Rastro is an old neighborhood that is teeming with activity, but the place really comes alive on Sunday mornings for the weekly flea market. You can buy just about anything that you can think of here. If you're not in a shopping mood however, its great for browsing, photographing and even finding some fantastic Spanish food to enjoy while you breathe in the market's atmosphere.
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Finding a Bookshop in El Rastro
Not only is there bartering activity up and down the streets that make up El Rastro, but just about all of the stores are open, too.
I found this particular bookstore that was selling books for the ridiculously cheap price of 60 cents each. Inside you could also find books in English for as little as a Euro.
El Rastro is a book lovers paradise!
I admit it, I have a weakness for typewriters. It could be because I'm a big Hemingway fan and when I was a kid I had a photo of Papa at his typer. Or it could be because it was one of the best classes, rather useful classes in high school - Typing. Or maybe it reminds me of being in Admin School in the US Army where I had to type 35 wpm to graduate. Of course that was on a manual machine. Whatever the reason, I love old typers.
This one was in an antique-cum-retro store during the El Rastro flea market.