Auchan in Strasbourg
When I first went to Auchan with Vilay it was as a tourist. I had came for a 9 day visit with Angel Girl and I needed film for my camera. The next time I would visit Auchan would be some years later and it was to shop. I had to ask Vilay if we could leave even if we had not gotten everything we needed. I had a huge headache from translating everything, the colors for advertisement were different, the smells were different…it was an information overload.
The biggest problem was that I had to figure out which brands were good or not. Vilay could help with the food but he was not much help with things like laundry detergent or shampoo. French grocery stores are almost always crowded. Auchan has around fifty lanes or more. On the weekend most of the lanes are open and at least five people are in line at each lane. I hate waiting in line. Luckily, Auchan is in a building with other stores for clothing, jewelery, cell phones, etc. There are places to eat or drink. We left and had un petit café at Flunch. We began talking about how funny I looked trying to control the shopping cart coming into Auchan. How was I suppose to know that the carts wheels would go sideways? That never happens in America!
The carts are not the same as in America.
In America, there is the bottom rack for pop, water or other large items. The rack is not on French grocery carts. I am constantly forgetting about this and when I try to put my foot on the rack to rest my foot during long waits in the check out line…It hits only air. I miss the rack for foot resting purposes more than storing large items.
I no longer get headaches while grocery shopping in France. I know what products I like and don’t like. I do still forget that there is no foot rest on the carts here. The other day while shopping for the girls school supplies I put my foot up for a rest and was embarrassed when it went plop right on the floor!
I did enjoy drooling in the yoghurt isle. French yoghurt are just yummy.