I will never forget collapsing in a fit of hysterical giggles on a Danish supermarket floor aged 8, with my younger brother, after we found a packet of biscuits called Bums. We had to be dragged out by our embarrassed parents, hyperventilating and with tears rolling down our cheeks.
So when we found ourselves self catering in a mobile home in France, with the amazing folks at Canvas Holidays, taking a trip to the supermarket was very much an excursion not a chore. I must tell you about the site itself of course, which was incredible, I am getting on to that. I thought a supermarket trip would set the flavour nicely and lead me into an epic and informative post on the Canvas site we stayed at La Croix du Vieux Pont aka Berny Riverie.
You will have to make do with quick snaps from my iphone, I’ve learnt from experience in Tanzania and my local supermarket, that photos aren’t always welcomed by staff. Here we all are going off in different directions already, the joy of holiday supermarket shopping is the lack of lists, meal plans or coherent meal ingredients that goes in the trolley. We have at least achieved some of our five a day, by this point.
The fruit and veg is always pretty dazzling in France, we loaded up with juicy nectarines, greengages and apricots, but we also had to have a purple cauliflower. I don’t want to know what they do to them to make it this colour, but we had to have one.
We spent considerable time in the biscuit aisle, me looking for biscuits with rude names (mental note to take kids to Scandinavia for this at some point) and the kids tracking down new snack foods to fuel going on the waterslides from dawn till dusk back at camp.
We all pulled faces at the Escargot, the kids were incredulous they were snails in the freezer. We remembered the time Mr A ate frog’s legs on a cruise (the only time I have actually been unable to eat opposite a meat eater as a vegetarian, we were both nearly sick – there are however lots of things I love about French cuisine).
Mr G was fascinated by the sausages hanging up. We kept having to pass them so he could make sure they were real.
While the kids found the sweets, I stocked up the drinks cabinet and raided the cheese aisle. You can’t go to France and not buy Grenadine too. Although my friend tells me Waitrose sell it now, which kind of ruins the charm of the supermarche mission. But cheap wine and plentiful cheese people, get in!
Brie de Meaux is amazing, Meaux is not far from the camp site and it’s also where my cousin teaches. More on the lovely times we had with family to come too. Comte has a really nice nutty, but mild flavour.
Cheese, wine and fresh baguette from the camp site bakery back at our Moda Plus home, after a day of swimming or exploring, was just the most simple and magical pleasure in holiday life.
L even decided to buy and cook quails’ eggs for us all, after enjoying them in the Crown Hotel in Norfolk. Fancy.
We had some bizarre meals too, like I said, no one really meal planned much, but that’s all the fun of the holiday supermarche!
It was magical when we woke up to find that L had laid the breakfast out for us all too in our Moda Plus home – croissants, crepes and nectarines. Makes me think we should shop together more now we are home, and rely less on internet shops.
Do you have a foreign supermarket tale to tell, or a must have product you always buy in a certain country?
Camping La Croix du Vieux Pont
We were guests of Canvas Holidays at Camping La Croix du Vieux Pont, Berny Riviere and would highly recommend Canvas after a magical week stay. The site has a range of camping accommodation from tent places by the lake, to safari tents, mobile homes, moda plus and wooden lodges. The site has 3 lakes, for fishing, watersports and one is a man made beach and swimming lake. There are 3 different swimming pools, two of which are heated and can be indoor or open air depending on the weather. There are restaurants, shops, a supermarket and bakery. The bar area also has bowling and laser quest and there are playgrounds, go karts, table tennis tables, trampolines, pedalos and kayaks to enjoy. Staff provide daily activities for kids and parents are welcome to stay and join in or drop kids off. This is a great base for Paris and Disneyland Paris, both of which are reachable by coach trip, bookable at the site.
We were guests of Canvas for our stay, editorial and opinions remain my own.