I don't want to leave you with the impression that I don't like grocery shopping in France. Au contraire! I see it as an adventure, and I'm intrigued by the wonderful things I can buy here. The produce is lovely and very reasonably priced...once I do the metric conversion of the price per kilo. Let's see there are 2.2 lbs per kilo, so if 2 kgs cost 2 euros... yes, it's cheap! The cheese selection is vast even in a small grocery store; it's like you're in a specialty cheese shop at home. Milk comes in packets of 6 bottles off the shelf. You can keep them on the shelf until you open one; then that one has to go in the fridge. Very handy. And lardons! Lardons are my favorite. They are little bits of pork like already cut up bacon. You know those recipes that call for diced bacon? or crumbled cooked bacon? No problem...just throw a few lardons in the pan and saute or sprinkle a few on top of a meatloaf before you put it in the over and voila...bacon without the mess and fuss. I've never seen them in the States. If you have, let me know. I'll shop at your store! The loveliest thing about shopping in my local grocery store, tho, is running into a new French friend. Right there in the canned goods aisle, it's 'bonjour!, bonjour!, ca va?, bien, ca va? kiss, kiss, kiss' I feel like I belong!