The Cherry on the Top!

It’s Paris. There are many little (and big) frustrations, but overall, we’re loving being here. It feels like a privilege to have this experience, so I really don’t want to complain… Please, consider these next few posts as a description of our adjustment to French life rather than a whinging session!

Everything is complicated – even simple things like buying chickens and even cherries! I was passing a fruit shop one day.

Everything looked delicious. I filled my shopping bag. Later at home, I re-examined the bill and discovered that the fruit had come to a total of €42.66! The cherries alone had cost
€16.72 just for a wee punnet. (Okay, the dattes, (dates) were expensive too – I was expecting that.)

I remembered that the cherries had said “499.” Obviously the cashier had typed an extra zero when typing in the price…right?

So, armed with the French vocabulary to say, ever so politely, “I think you’ve made a mistake and overcharged me…” I headed back to the shop. But to my horror, I realized when I saw the sign close up that, in fact, the cherries really were that price.

They were €49.90 per kilo.

Now, I don’t know about you but wasn’t that sign somewhat misleading? Wouldn’t you think you were getting a punnet of cherries for €4.99?

However, as a French friend did point out, it’s not exactly cherry season. These cherries have come all the way from Chile, and judging by their price, flew first class on Air France!

I suppose it pays to read the small print. Quite a task when it’s in scribbles that are half rubbed off the chalk board and in French.

Oh well, you win some, you get robbed some. They did taste good and sure isn’t that the main thing (even if we are broke now!)

Byddi Lee

6 replies to The Cherry on the Top!

  1. Back to eating with the seasons, then? Blueberries are $5 here for a small box and are from Chile too. Big choices on apples though. Wish I liked them more. Enjoying your posts.

  2. I think eating with the seasons is always a good idea. The mandarin oranges are delicious here at the moment. I thought I'd find it hard to eat oranges after the lovely ones that grew in my back yard in San Jose but they are nice… though I haven't tried the navel oranges yet – they'll be hard to beat. And just seeing pomegranates in the store pulls at my heart! They look so beat up compared to the ones on what used to be my tree.

  3. Oh so you are now living in France? I guess i missed some few posts. My sister living in New Zealand came home this holidays and brought fruits including cherries. Maybe it was half kilo, i am sure it is very cheap compared to that. I still prefer our tropical fruits especially our mangoes.

  4. I swear you are writing what would be my experiences had it been me there. Well thought plans go awry and you go that extra mile to share your experiences with others (us) so that it can be smooth sailing…just not for you. Don't mind me as I snuggle into my cocoon in Wiikwem! Miigwech for sharing!

  5. I find it hard to get good mangoes here at the moment. Hopefully it is just not a good season and the will be nicer in the summer months.

  6. There's really no story unless things go wrong! so I call the story the silver lining! Miigwech for commenting xo

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