Hi Liz, Elaine,
Just a small point on the bulbs bit, (electric) I have been told that soon it will be illegal to buy anything other than these new long-life eco-friendly things. Thank goodness some stores are now providing comparisons with wattage as before it was impossible (at least for me) to understand what compared with what (or should that read 'watt').
I have changed all the old bayonet-type fittings to screw fittings anyway, as they are now the 'norm' here. ( I really must stop this business of Norms and Watts shouldn't I?)
Cooking pots? Ah well, our house (being French in the important bits, such as the kitchen) is replete with La Crueset pans, which you might be surprised to find are often on sale at ridiculously low prices in Puces. Many women find them too heavy to use, particularly the bigger ones. They also work perfectly on induction cookers, unlike several others we have tried.
So my fellow 'Clark' where are you based in this wonderful country?