Heather Posted July 28, 2006 Share Posted July 28, 2006 A few observations to start. I might get around to more later. We stayed in St-Remy, which seems to attract mostly French tourists at this time of year. We day-tripped to Nimes, Aix, Arles, Avignon, and a few smaller towns. We went to several markets around the area. The market produce is impressive, but with the exception of apricots and strawberries, much of what we sampled was of similar quality to what I can get at Dupont or Courthouse, or any of the better markets around here. (I had a conversation with Waitman about never having had a fresh apricot worth eating about 2 weeks before trying them in France. Now I get what the fuss is about.) That was wholly unexpected, and it's a good thing for us. The variety of goods on offer there of course was much much greater - cheeses, charcuterie, etc. and at more egalitarian prices. The wine prices in the stores made me weep tears of joy - better quality for the money spent. The restaurant prices...not so much. Whoever wrote French Women Don't Get Fat is peddling a giant honking load of BS. Perhaps French Women (of my social class and income level) Don't Get Fat might have been more accurate. The cheese...I don't even want to talk about it. Let's just say that what is shipped here is a pale shadow. And again, the prices made me weep. Portions were much too large at nearly every restaurant we visited. Very surprising. We had one bad meal in eight days, and it was at a place recommended by one of our guides. We had better luck strolling through town perusing the posted menus, then choosing whichever appealed to us most. Like I said above, just a few off-the-cuff observations, based on a much too short visit. I'm interested in hearing from other DR.com folks who have spent time there. We of course will be going back, probably next summer with the kids. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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