Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Gold and pearls at the Suarez Jewellers at El Corte Ingles Castellana Madrid


So there we were in Madrid on a Sunday, living a Travelife.

First we spent a morning at the Reina Sofia, Madrid's best museum for 20th century art


SHOPPING AFTER A LAZY CHAMPAGNE LUNCH

And then we had a long and lazy lunch at an out–of–the–way restaurant with great food and too much champagne that few people have probably heard of (La Fabula).

The next thing we wanted to do was shop.

There's a Filipino chef at La Fabula!
OUT FOR THE DAY

This being Europe, most stores are still closed on Sundays.

However I have to stress that things are not as dire for shoppers as they once used to be.

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These days, some stores do remain open on Sundays -- and that's better than nothing, as far as I'm concerned.

I remember how everything was once closed all over Europe, as lately as not too many years ago.


SPAIN'S TOP DEPARTMENT STORE
We wanted to go to the El Corte Ingles, which is Spain's largest, most upscale and most famous department store

Luckily, its biggest store, the El Corte Ingles Castellana, is open on Sundays. It also has a very good gourmet floor, too, which I'll write about soon.

So off we went to check out things Spanish, both edible and non-edible.


JEWELLERS TO KINGS

First stop on our "expedition" was a branch of Suarez Jewellers on the ground floor of El Cortes Ingles Castellana.

In Spanish, this famous brand is better known as Joyeria Suarez.



The royal family of Spain are reportedly big customers of Suarez Jewellers, which is among Spain's best known jewelry brands.



They had everything here – from simple, modern pieces to golden strings of pearls, to major heirloom pieces that sparkled brightly even inside the store.

THE MOST POPULAR ITEM



The store manager showed me their most popular item.

Interestingly, it's a very simple bracelet.

The large contemporary rings made up of dozens of tiny diamonds are very popular as well. 



All of them, I must say, quite fitting for someone on a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.



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