TITLE: Flea market in Reus
ORIGINAL Painting by Nikolay Sologubov (Sologub)
Truly speaking, I have never heard, or I don't remember, that those markets in Spain were called flea markets. Or it was just my inattention.
This flea market in Reus, was probably the most delicious. First it was in the heart of the city. Then it was kind of a novelty, and even a symbiosis with the usual peasant bazaar. At first people went there with families on weekends, as if it was a kind of performance. It was considered simply indecent to leave without purchases, and after the market day you should meet and boast of your acquisitions.
I well remember one day, when I decided to go there with my first wife and look for a new shoes. We had 50 Euro and a great will. However, having spent several hours on the market, considering all kinds of miracles presented there for sale, and always meeting friends, telling us what we still need to see, we finally met Pedro Blanco. He was very tall and stooped, white-haired, with a big nose, much gesticulating and burring and intelligently swearing in Catalan. Pedro told us that there had been a shoe shop near the old furniture commission, where we wandered to catch breath in the cool.
And then I found exactly what I was looking for and definitely for the same amount. It was part of a huge antique wardrobe, very stylish, supposedly not philistine, which we immediately bought. It is still here, twenty-five years later, in my room...
And what about shoes? Shoes will wait.
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