I started thinking about this a bit on Saturday morning, when shopping at the market in the local town. This is about as far from the experience of shopping in a supermarket as you can get! Everyone has time - time for sellers and customers to exchange humorous and witty remarks, ask about family and health, comment on the weather, greet friends who you run into and stop to chat with, time to examine the huge array of fresh vegetables and fruits at leisure, to savour the local cheeses and home-made saucisson. Everything looks beautiful, smells beautiful - it is a feast of the senses, a hymn to the quality of life and of enjoying the present moment without thinking of where you have to rush to next on the list. It all takes place in the central square of the town, surrounded by cafes where people, locals and tourists, sit drinking in the atmosphere and is erected and then dismantled in the blink of an eye... This is one of the things I appreciate about living in France... what do you appreciate about your neck of the woods?