Acquiring unique goods found only in certain parts of the world can surely become an
adventure. Picture yourself buying Persian Rugs in a bazaar in Iran,
Larimar pieces of jewelry outside the mines in the Dominican Republic, or even something so simple as
Espadrilles off of Madrid’s Plaza Mayor.
New York Times has a pleasant story on one of the most popular shops specializing in the rope-soled shoes and
how people line up to obtain a hand-made pair of their own.
Casa Hernanz is a family run business that has been making espadrilles by hand for five generations now. The
highly affordable, lightweight slippers may make one of your best buys while in Madrid. They come in all
shapes and sizes and even factory made if you can’t stand the wait, though the wait makes it part of the