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Time to talk about the good things about moving to france and leave all my worries behind me. Right barring any more leagal issues I will be taking over my house in august in Pradelles Carbardes, my nearest shopping places will be Carcassonne or Mazamet, can anyone advise me of the best and cheapest place to buy a washing machine, a petrol lawn mower, plus other garden equipment, pillows and duvets, dishes/knifes, forks, ect. The owners have told us they are leaving everything else (oh god i hope) but after reading this forum, I may well need kitchen, furniture, and light bulbs, so you had better let me know about them to.....................also where is the best place to food shop, while we have been out there in the past we have tried (excuse spellings) le'clerk, geant, and another one on the round about out side of carcassone which i forget the name of, which was very good, we like to food shop, as we are very fond of our food, so advise on the best places to get fresh fish and vegtables/salad/fruit and CHOCOLATE would be good to. Also is the market on saturdays in carcassonne open all year? and can any one think of anything else i may need as its been a long long time since i started up home and have become use to all the things i have around me that you dont know half of them are there till you need then? if you know what I mean.........  many thanks
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[quote user="pads"]can anyone advise me of the best and cheapest place to buy a washing machine, a petrol lawn mower, plus other garden equipment, pillows and duvets, dishes/knifes, forks, ect.[/quote]

There are plenty of options in  and around Carcassone - good place to start would be over by Salvaza - There is a new brico and jardiniere superstore - TRIDOME just of the roundabout for the A61 access which has mostly all the garden equipment you would need. Not far away is also a large OBI's which itself is just a few hundred yards from GEANT where you can get almost anything - look out for the promos. Right across the road from GEANT is a much more upmarket shop selling lighting/tableware/kitchenware/occasional furntiure -  SOLEA (use to be called Lumi 11) good quality stuff with prices to match.  

[quote user="pads"] also where is the best place to food shop, while we have been out there in the past we have tried (excuse spellings) le'clerk, geant, and another one on the round about out side of carcassone which i forget the name of, which was very good,... [/quote]

If you mean the Intermarche at Pont Rouge then IMO you have already found the best of the out of town supemarkets for food shopping. It is smaller than the others (which we prefer) but stocks a lot of good local produce. The fish/seafood counter can be very good and they often have live crabs/lobsters as well as some nice fillets. Meat counter is also good but beware the grumpy butcher - (some days he just cannot be bothered!).

 [quote user="pads"] we like to food shop, as we are very fond of our food, so advise on the best places to get fresh fish and vegtables/salad/fruit and CHOCOLATE would be good to.[/quote].

Carcassone is the place for you then e.g -

La Ferme - Rue de verdun (one block back from Place Carnot) - upmarket deli - excellent cheese, hams, wine - very popular with the locals - supply cheese to a number of top restaurants.

Rue de Verdun - just  100 yards down from La ferme - marvelous Green Grocers ( somebody said on another thread they had never seen a Greengrocers in France - how weird is that!). good local and spanish produce plus exotic imports - had the best mangoes I ever tasted outside of SE Asia.

Mexico - 100 yards up from La Ferme turn left into little square with parking - despite the name Mexico is a poutry specialist - almost anything with wings on sold in all various forms.  Have at least 10 different typs of chicken. Choice of spit roasted chickens and ducklings - some pork also.

Les Halles - covered market directly opposite Mexicowith a  number of stalls - at least 2 fishmongers , 3 charcuteries and a wonderful butcher rigtht in the centre - watch out for the queues though. If you want a really good steak ask for the stuff behind the counter not the display cuts. lamb is excellent. Also a cheese stall that was one of the best in France - owner sold out last year but the young lads who took over are trying to make a go of it - worth a try as an alternative to La Ferme.

CHOCOLAT - nice little chocolatier in the South East corner of the Place Carnot. The pralines are to .....

[quote user="pads"] Also is the market on saturdays in carcassonne open all year?  [/quote]

Yes - it can be reaaly good fun round XMAs/new year.

Hope that helps

rgds

Hagar

 

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Many thanks for that Hagar

yes it was the intermarche i meant and we also thought it was the best one we had tried, and I think I may have already found that chocolate shop Mmmmmmmmm  I shall certainly try the other places you have mentioned. Im looking forward to have a relaxed day exploring carcassonne as everytime we were there we seemed to be rushing from one office to another, but we did have a nice cuppa coffee on the square at carnot place.

I cant wait to get my keys only 8 weeks ...................

regards Pads

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