Is it the end of an era or is it the birth of a new beginning? After 38 years, Palma’s persona grata Toni Llabres has finally thrown in the towel and closed an institution, El Bazar del Libro, just off Palma’s Plaça Santa Eulàlia. The Bazar del Libro was a collector’s treasure trove, an antiquarian shop of books, posters, photographs, maps, magazines and newspapers. The shop is closed now but, building work is going on. The neighbours keenly gossip that the bookshop was sold lock, stock and barrel to some young, like-minded Mallorcans who want to open a similar venture sometime after the Summer, maintaining the original idea of the dedicated bookseller, with some added-on, complementary offers. We’ll see. Just for now, let’s mourn the loss of one of Palma’s legendary trading posts.
The photo was chosen from my archive. It was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: November 4th, 2009. The time was 11:03:23.