El Barrio: Farmacia

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The first shop that I noticed when I moved into my neighbourhood was this beautifully preserved pharmacy, first opened in 1928. Even buying some paracetamol is more fun when you feel like you're stepping back in time - it reminds me of the shops I used to go to at Ironbridge (in Shropshire, UK) where they'd recreated a Victorian high street as a sort of theme park experience.

My favourite thing is the ceramic jars they keep on shelves all around, which used to store the various unguents, herbs and natural ingredients that used to be a pharmacy's stock in trade, before it became more about pills and drugs.