This post almost didn't come to be. A few weeks ago I thought about making March the unofficial "say something nice about your host country" month with the ambitious idea of posting one positive France post a week. But I wasn't sure I could come up with enough reasons!
Before you tell me I'm being negative, let me say I'm in a more positive place about my adopted homeland than before. But like so many expats, there are times when nostalgia and the urgent need for Krispy Kreme doughnuts makes me want to hop the next direct flight to Atlanta. And perhaps the French griping gene has made its way into my system.
But as I've mentioned before, there is one thing I really like around here and that is market day. This is something you can see in America but you've got to admit that the Europeans do it in such a colorful and quaint way. I also like that I can just set out by foot with my bag and in ten minutes be surrounded by all sorts of goodies. It's a nice Saturday errand that makes me feel like I've gotten out into the world. Even if I just buy an organic lemon to make madeleines (recipe coming soon) and a kilo of potatoes for some hachis parmentier, I have at least made contact with people.
So since market day is all about the visuals (and smells but you don't have smell-o-vision), I'll let the pictures do the talking.
Cheese lovers have plenty to choose from too.
Chickens, anyone? For egg-laying, I assume.
My Saturday shopping bag- great for library books and lemons ;)
Chocolate Easter eggs at a bakery near the market.
As you can tell by these pictures, it's still cold around here. But imagine it all on a sunny spring day and it's all the nicer. So now it's your turn: what do you like about your country or adopted country?