I visited France in 2000. My sister (who goes by "anondi" here) and my brother-in-law lived in a small town near Perigeux. I had a fantastic time.
Arriving in Bordeaux, I had brought some northwest (USA) microbrews for them, and I wasn't sure if I was supposed to claim them at customs. I think I was the only one on the whole plane who stopped at customs, and the officers there had an attitude like "Why are you bothering us?" :lol:
People there smoked right under no-smoking signs in the airport, so I followed suit.
My one big supermarket trip, getting stuff to bring back the the US, was great. When I went to pay for my stuff the lines were long. The store's computer system had gone down and they were estimating prices and adding things up with calculators. When they asked me about prices, I had no idea for most things, since I wasn't used to Francs and hadn't paid attention. They guessed everything low, giving me the benefit of the doubt. I had picked some Bushmills Black whisky for my brother-in-law's birthday present, and got it for about half price--that price I did remember. I got some French Nestle pistachio praline-filled chocolate bars, and they were fantastic :crazy:
I found out that all the big deal about French food and wines was true. The beer there was great, though the selection of types was limited compared to here (which is why my hosts requested some from here).
I'd love to go back some time.