A separate discussion about the price of chemicals has prompted me to start this one - so as it’s Friday, I thought I’d start with fish…
I popped over the border into Spain today and picked up, amongst other things, some fish - I love a good daurade royale / sea bream
The first thing about the price of fish over the border is that it’s loads cheaper - 2,99€/kg v 6,95€/kg in my local Intermarché at the moment. The next things that stand out are around service and presentation. I wasn’t asked if I wanted the fish descaled and gutted - it just happened. The 4 fish were then placed in a plastic tray and wrapped in clingfilm (to avoid leaks) before being weighed (!) and bagged up - total cost 11,90€ for my 4 fresh beauties!
(Note: I’ve always wondered why in France the stalks on fresh brocoli and the ‘tops’ of fresh leaks are so long - paying for something I don’t use - yet lol)
I suppose the other ‘stand-out’ thing is the price of diesel - only 1,09€/litre v 1,35€ at my local today - massive difference. Yeah I know it’s taxation - still naff though.
It’s hard for me to identify anything that’s low cost or good value in France at the moment - please don’t say lunch, you can get a decent one just about anywhere in the world. Those of you used to me will know that I removed my rose tinted glasses some time ago - so please bear with me. I love my life in France but I’m realistic - and also very lucky to live so near to Spain and Andorra. My views may help those considering a move here - or maybe not!
Come on - enlighten me - what’s cheaper, or better value in France than anywhere else?? :-