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The Auchan supermarket near Boulogne

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Tips on shopping the main difference between the Uk and France. Is the openning hours unlike the Uk most French shops close at 12 midday till 2 pm. Even the large supermarkets close with a few exception in the larger cities. In the Uk supermarkets stay open late some 24 hours. In France most are shut by 9pm earlier on a Saturday.

If you arrive in France on a Saturday to stay in a rented gite. You need to get your shopping in right away the supermarkets shut at 7pm on Saturday. Very few open on a Sunday an odd one might open till 1pm. Quite a few are shut on Monday as well so you could be unlucky depending on the area you are staying.During the week you can visit a street market for fresh produce.Most French villages have an area in front of the town hall and hold a once a week market.Which moves round the towns and villages in the area you are staying.

Fresh vegetables in the supermarket

France fresh produce supermarket

Auchan hypermarkets offer a vast range of goods both food and everything you would want to buy even cars.

We found them to be good value.We have visited several beer and wine warehouses there are quite a lot around the Calais area but we found them no cheaper than the hypermarkets if you shopped outside of the tourist bits of Calais

Auchan supermarket

auchan supermarket picture

The supermarkets are very good you will need a 1 euro coin for the trolley.

The range of food is very good the fresh food all taste better than the Uk. The cheese, meat,and pate the fresh vegetables the bread. Is one of the main reasons for going to France the only thing we found not as good was the milk. A thing to remember when you get to the checkout they do not provide any bags for your shopping. So take some with you, it is an green regulation we will probably get in Uk.

The massive Auchan supermarket just outside Boulogne sur Mer we shop there 3 to 4 times a year on our way back to the port of Calais

auchan supermarket near Boulogne sur mer picture

A small part of the cheese selection in Auchan Supermarket

Cheese selection in French supermarket  picture

Gifi discount store in Boulogne sur Mer

Gifi discount shop picture


Maison du Monde this is my Wife`s favourite shop in the Cite of Europe centre.the centre is just outside of Calais take the A16 motorway


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Paris cottage rental France

This large 2-bedroom apartment is a delight to come home to after a long days sightseeing and window shopping. Located on the first floor (2nd floor for North Americans), with a lift, the apartment overlooks rue Custine, one of the most interesting street in Paris to walk through.

Though facing the street, the double-glazed windows give you excellent insulation against any daily passerby.

The apartment has been tastefully decorated in vibrant colors, which catch the natural light streaming into the apartment. As the view is not obstructed closely by another building in front, you benefit from the sunlight and can enjoy your morning breakfast a the wooden dinning table which extends to seat 6.

In the living room you will find a sofa bed that sleeps two. We also have installed a flat screen TV with cable (as well as a dvd player and some dvd's) and have high speed internet access for your laptop computers so you can remain in touch. We also provide you with a Mac Computer in the apartment, a free Phone during your stay and a Bose bluetooth station.


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Boulogne sur mer

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There are lots of small shops, antique gifts food in the old part of Boulogne

French shop

A selection of Cakes

French shop

A selection of Panatone Cakes we brought one just for the tin

Panatone cake tins

Honfleur Harbour

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The Village of Cormeilles street market Normandy

Cormeilles-market

Cormeilles-market

St Malo cafe in the old part of the town

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a nice little fishing port in Brittany

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