January 19, 2012

Day 15 : Auchan = France's answer to Wal-Mart!

Admittedly, I was starting to get a little homesick earlier today. It's fun being in Paris exploring all the different neighborhoods and checking out all the cool restaurants and shops I've been reading about the past few months. However, with everything that the city has to offer, truthfully, there are just some things I can't seem to find in Paris that I really miss from the States...

What could that be, you ask? Well, sad as it may sound, but the shopping mecca that is Wal-Mart (or any one-stop-shop for that matter...).  Yes, that's right. Unfortunately my local Franprix (or even the huge Casino I discovered down the road last week) just isn't cutting it anymore. I miss the luxury of having endless aisles of cereals, cheese, breads, etc. to choose from. Even more, I miss not having to pay an arm and a leg for my favorite Tropicana jus d'orange. Plus, let's face it--sometimes it would be nice to get all your shopping done in one place, rather than always having to navigate your way through the maze of the Paris Metro map (without your Google Maps!) to run errands :-(. I know, I really shouldn't complain. I'm in Paris.

Thankfully, just in time to cure my homesickness, Yasuyo and I decided to go mobile-shopping after class today and checked out the local mall in Cergy, where we came across the greatest thing ever... Auchan! O.M.G. It was like I had died and gone to food shopping heaven!!

Auchan | Cergy, France

For my all my non-Frenchmen (or non-European) friends, I can only describe it to you as France's answer to Wal-Mart!  Not only can you do your entire week's of grocery shopping here, but they sell pretty much everything else you could possibly think of... clothes, kitchen appliances, books, house products. You name it, they have it. EVERYTHING. and not just that--you also have an endless selection products to choose from :-p Ah, thank you Auchan! and France, I love you again :-)

"Am I really still in France?!" | Never-ending aisles @ Auchan

"Pinch me! Again, am I really still in France?!" | Produce department @ Auchan

Genius! Okay, Auchan beats Wal-Mart now. and whoever thought of this needs a raise! | The Jetsons-style escalators @ Auchan

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