Grocery shopping here in France has been an adventure for me.  When we first arrived , our landlord nicely stocked our tiny refrigerator with A bottle of water, two bottles of wine and a liter of orange juice.  These items are great if you are prepping for a mini cocktail party, but it’s no way to start a life in a new country.  I had to immediately find a supermarket to do a major shopping.

The first thing you learn here is that you are not given bags to pack your food.  You must bring your own bags or buy bags at the counter.  The French are big on recycling and reusing

Even if you have bags, the cashiers do not assist in packing .  This is a task left solely up to you.  You need to do it quickly and efficiently because the cashier does not start servicing the next customer until you are completely done.

Next , you must weigh and price your vegetables and fruit while you are in the produce section.  I learned the hard way that this step is not done by the cashier.

The first foray into the supermarket was a huge challenged because everything is written in French.  I spent 20 minutes an aisle trying to figure out which detergent was appropriate for washing machines.

In the states some supermarkets require you to place a coin in a slot in order to receive a shopping cart, here in the south of France every supermarket requires this.  You place 2 euros (about $3.60) in the cart’s slot and it’s returned to you when the cart is placed back in the shopping cart carousel.

Here’s Andrew finding a new use for a shopping cart.