We have been here almost two weeks now and we are adapting to the French way of doing things. I thought I would pass on some of the lovely, quirky and sometimes frustrating things we have encountered so far.
Pedestrian crossings at roundabouts and cars always stop and let you cross. Jasper biked home on his own today and his first comment when I got home was "People are so nice how they always stop and let you cross the road".
Lovely gluten free bread in the supermarkets - yah, but no gluten free goodies at any of the gorgeous bakeries (I am on the look out though!!) Our local bakery does do gf meringues and I have also seem macaroons.
Siesta from 12.30pm-2.30pm. We went looking for cars today and we missed going to several as they shut for lunch at 12.30pm - have they not heard of staggered lunch breaks.
Cheeses, salamis, olives - beautiful food and soooo many varieties and choices!!
Everyone is so lovely and friendly and always say bonjour and au revoir when you buy something in the shops.
Hardly any public playgrounds - Hannah is struggling with this thankfully we have a swimming pool to keep her happy!!
Banks closed on Mondays.
Shops closed on Sundays - I actually quite like this.
Still can't find rice crackers.
Great coffee if you like espresso, not so good if you like flat whites like me - I guess my going out for coffee bill will be alot smaller.
Castles, abbeys and just amazing random old buildings in the middle of some tiny village - so wonderful to behold!
Magic moments - going into the abbey at Carcasonne and being amazed by its splendour and then hear the beautiful sound of a four man choir filling the whole building.
Buying things from the supermarket and then getting them home to discover they were not as they seemed - pasta sauce fill of olives (kids not so keen on this), gf crackers with cumin in them - I have eaten the whole box as again kids not keen.
Buying a box of magnum type icecreams on the way home after school when it's 34oC - yummy and very cheap.
Discovering that there is a reason why a bottle of wine (even French wine) is only 1.99 euros (about $3.50)! I think I will have to pay a bit more next time to get something decent!
Well that's enough ramblings for the moment. I hope everyone is keeping warm at home as I read on stuff that the weather has turned quite wintry.