Market at Divonne-les-Bains, France

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Did I ever mention how expensive Switzerland is? Well, if anyone knows this, it is the Swiss. Which is why, it is very popular to go to Divonne-les-Bains, a little town in eastern France, to buy groceries every Sunday. To the French, the market is very expensive; but not for the Swiss!

My host family took me to the market with them. Unlike any market I’ve ever been to, it actually features products and groceries from people who own stores during the course of the week. They are able to bring inventory to Divonne on Sundays because they close their shops every Sunday. This isn’t to say, however, that there aren’t other stores in the vicinity. The path for the market is very wide and very long, so if not for the Sundays, the street would have been a waste of space, right? That is why there are also little boutiques running along the length of the street which are open on Sundays (because otherwise they would be losing prime retail opportunities).

I was shocked by the plethora of products that are sold. For goodness sake, there was an entire rotisserie preparing over 20 chickens on the street! An unbelievable amount of stuff sold at the market, everything from rugs to bread to medicine to clothing to Russian blini (I am clearly not impartial to the last one)! I wish the slideshow I posted gave enough of an idea of the variety found at this market. I do have an entire video, but it is too large for me to post here…

On our drive back home, we saw a Lotus Elise (just my favorite car in the entire world) and my host mom asked my host dad what car it was. Evidently, she didn’t see my silent drooling in the backseat. He didn’t know what it was, so I immediately budged in and told her what make, model, year and country it’s from. I told her they’re so exclusive that I’ve only seen 5 in my entire lifetime. She laughed and said, “Oh, here this is not an exclusive car! I’ve seen it multiple times, just never had anyone to ask.” Gee, thanks for crushing all of my hopes and dreams.