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Price Check: a Venice Shopping List

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We usually take our prices for Price Check from the local supermarket, or supermercato, regardless of what things cost at the local market or mercato, because supermarkets generally provide a better yardstick for comparing prices between different cities and countries, and sometimes supermarkets may be your only choice for getting started, especially if you arrive ...

Teulada Take-Homes: Sardinian Specialties

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Teulada is a tiny village and, apart from a small display of Sardinian specialties packaged for tourists in the communal market, its smattering of shops cater mainly for locals. The weekly market is on Monday morning, when a small area by the river is taken over with stalls. The stalls at Teulada's weekly market sell ...

Kotor Take-Homes: Supermarket Snacks and Souvenirs

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Nobody is going to come to Kotor to shop – what makes the town engaging is its history, architecture, and stunning setting – but there are some fun things to buy in the supermarket and local market, either to take home as souvenirs or simply to nibble on while you watch the sun set from ...

Price Check: a Kotor Shopping List

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Shopping may not be a highlight of a visit to Kotor, but shopping for food here can be fun. There is a tiny communal market every morning except Sunday just outside the city walls, a few small supermarkets in the newer parts of town, and several neighbourhood grocery stores in the surrounding villages, such as ...

Best Paris Food Souvenirs — From French Traiteur Treats to Epicerie Specialties

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The best Paris food souvenirs include delicious French traiteur treats such as pâtés, vinegars, preserves, and spices, and épicerie specialties such as gourmet ingredients, fine olive oils, wonderful charcuterie, and even cooking utensils. These are the edible souvenirs we recommend you take home when you're in Paris. The best Paris food souvenirs can be found in French traiteurs and épiceries which ...

Breaking Bread: Baguette Tasting in Paris

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As much a part of the French ‘look’ as a striped sailor’s shirt or foulard (scarf), the baguette is something of a fashion accessory in Paris, tucked under an arm, poking out of a shopping bag, or sharing a bicycle basket with a posie of flowers and the weekend newspaper. That the French love their ...

Paris Take-Homes: Kitsch Kitchen Souvenirs

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No matter where you walk in Paris, it’s hard to escape the tacky souvenir stands and shops overflowing with tourist tat that you’ll probably end up buying but will probably never use. Sure, there’s no harm in a miniature Eiffel Tower — they are cute — but are you really going to wear that “I love Paris” ...

A Paris Food Tour Gives Us a Taste of the Bobo Palate of Paris

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A Paris food tour of the fashionable Haute Marais neighbourhood, where artisanal food producers are creating innovative products, gives us a taste of 'the Bobo palate', the French capital's bourgeois-bohemians, and the gourmet foods and specialty food shops currently on trend. Exploring the food of a destination is a great way to dig deeper into ...

Price Check: a Paris supermarket shopping list

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What makes shopping in Paris special is its specialty stores. Sure it has wonderful markets, well-stocked supermarkets, and elegant department stores with fabulous food halls, but the best produce is always to be found at the shops that specialise in a particular produce. But we still need to buy the essentials so below is a Paris ...

Spring in Paris, the Markets Lead the Way…

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Spring has arrived in Paris and with it the celebration of the spring vegetables and fruit that define the season far more reliably than the weather. While the sky might still change from beautiful, crisp and clear in the morning to offering a drizzle in the afternoon, the sight of plump, wildly red strawberries, bright ...

Ceret’s Scenic Saturday Markets

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Ceret’s scenic Saturday markets are one of the highlights of a visit to the village – people come from far and wide to browse them – and as last weekend was the first time the place had really experienced fine spring weather, the whole place was simply buzzing. We were warned that we would barely be ...

Top 10 Languedoc-Roussillon Wines to Try and Buy

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Wherever we go on our grand tour we’re focusing on eating, drinking and buying local or regional products as much as possible, and that’s especially the case with wine. The Languedoc-Roussillon wines from the region of the same name are widely available in Ceret and they are stunning. We’ve been pleased to see that they can be ...