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Older Than Methuselah


Ca La Seu is a shop in Palma’s old town, joining on to Plaça Quartera in the barrio of sa Gerreria, selling espartería (i. e. baskets, espadrilles, straw hats, mats and rugs made from esparto-grass, wicker or other natural materials, as well as other related items, mostly hand crafted). The establishment was founded 499 years ago in 1510 and is one of the oldest shops in Palma (yes, there are some shops in Palma that are even older than that, believe it or not).

Ca La Seu may not make it to next year’s quincentenary celebrations, though. The present owner wants to give up trading. La crisis again? If a new leasehold cannot be signed, that will be the end of a very long engagement.

The shop was still open last week selling baskets, cestas and mats. But its days may be numbered. Sad really, I think.

The photo was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: April 18th, 2009. The time was 11:37:19.

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  1. I remember that and similar old shops in the back of Palma when I lived there. I could never pass by an esparto shop without ducking in to have a look and perhaps buying yet another straw basket. But that was over 30 years ago. I hope those places from another era don’t disappear.

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