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  1. Patricia M Osborne
    4th April 2020 @ 10:56 am

    What a fabulous blog, Beth. I really enjoyed reading it. Thank you for sharing your journey to the supermarket.


  2. Colin P
    4th April 2020 @ 1:28 pm

    Beth, our Carrefour Supermarché hasn’t bothered about distancing tape on the floors or big enough screens in front of the checkout ladies. On one shop a woman came right up beside my wife and stretched across Myriam. Myriam remonstrated and the woman replied “I’m not going to eat you”. Some people just don’t get it!


  3. Beth Haslam
    4th April 2020 @ 5:39 pm

    It's a pleasure, Patricia, even the mundane chores in life are so different at the moment. Thanks very much for reading it. 🙂


  4. Beth Haslam
    4th April 2020 @ 5:41 pm

    I'm saddened to read this, Colin, I can understand why Myriam might have been upset. This virus is one to be taken very very seriously.


  5. Vallypee
    4th April 2020 @ 6:46 pm

    Wow, Beth, it sounds as if France is much more serious about social distancing than the Dutch are. This is a great post and so reflective of how this virus is being dealty with there. It's a bit different here. We have to keep 1,5 metres apart everywhere, and in the supermarkets, trolleys are obligatory. There is also a staff member outside with sanitiser cleaning all the handles, but masks are not required and most people don't wear gloves. The checkout ladies are all behind big screens, but I find myself ducking and diving around the aisles trying to avoid those who don't seem to think it's their job to avoid me and frantically washing everything I've bought as soon as I get home, as well as myself. Anyway, I'm sorry to see your empty shelves there. Ours seem to be well stocked by comparison. Maybe it's a symptom of the Dutch culture of taking things seriously in their own relaxed way as I haven't noticed any real panic buying here either; only across the border in Belgium, but we're not allowed there anymore. The Dutch attitude is a bit surprising really, given this is such a small and densely populated country.


  6. Lally
    5th April 2020 @ 8:43 am

    Beth your blog is wonderful, so difficult to believe that our lives can change this dramatically in just a few days. I feel incredibly fortunate that so far I’ve been able to get home delivery from the supermarkets. Stay safe, this virus is gruelling, my husband is now recovering but still has the most wretched cough almost three weeks later. Hugs ��


  7. Kathy
    5th April 2020 @ 1:37 pm

    I really love your blog, Beth. Your posts are always interesting, filled with humor, informative, etc. Thank you for taking us along on your shopping trip.


  8. Beth Haslam
    5th April 2020 @ 2:03 pm

    I think each region behaves differently, Val. Happily, most of our shelves are full again now after the initial panic buys, there are just a few problem products. It does sound as though the supermarkets in your area are very well organised, which is excellent. I do hope folks start to recognise the importance of social distancing, the continued rising infection levels must surely demonstrate how critical it is. Keep up that frantic cleaning, I reckon you have exactly the right attitude! xx


  9. Beth Haslam
    5th April 2020 @ 2:06 pm

    Thanks so much for reading it, Lally. I have learned so much from others' comments around the world on how they are coping. Long may the home delivery system work for you, it's an excellent way to receive goods. I am so sorry about your poor husband, thank goodness his is now recovering. Hugs xxxx


  10. Beth Haslam
    5th April 2020 @ 2:07 pm

    Bless you, Kathy, thank you so much. This month was a strange one really, but I wanted to share our experiences with folks and learn about how others are getting on. Take good care of yourself. x


  11. Cathy Thompson
    7th April 2020 @ 4:22 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful insight into your life as it is right now in France. We too have the tape on the floors and security and people so far have been very respectful, although there are still a few who don’t do the right thing we are generally accepting the social distancing and respectful behaviour very well. Best wishes to you and your community Beth, I hope you keep well.


  12. Beth Haslam
    7th April 2020 @ 5:29 pm

    It's a pleasure, Cathy, thanks so much for reading it. I have found it fascinating to learn how others are coping around the world. Experiences have been so varied. I'm so glad that, on the whole, folks are being sensible in your area. Thank you for your kind wishes, I sincerely hope you all stay fit and well.


  13. learntravelitalian
    17th April 2020 @ 3:46 am

    So glad to hear the French are following the proper precautions everywhere… and are taking it all in stride with a touch of humor to boot! Shared with my Stella Lucente French Facebook page. Mille mercis for brightening my day with your writing once again.


  14. learntravelitalian
    17th April 2020 @ 3:46 am

    From from Kathryn Occhipinti


  15. Beth Haslam
    17th April 2020 @ 1:31 pm

    Ah, thank you so much, Kathryn, I hugely appreciate you sharing my blog. Yes, I can only speak well of the folks in our area. As you can see, they are respecting social distancing, making the most of the current situation and still smiling!


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