Good for: Business
Intermarche is the French equivalent of Tesco or Sainsbury's and their Dordogne valley stores in Lalinde and Le Bugue are comparable to the larger Tesco and Sainsbury branches in Britain.
What to buy: Groceries, clothing, electrical goods, garden furniture, engine oil (for motorvehicle and garden equipment), fuel, gas bottles (for cooking with).
Trémolat Tourist Traps
Not sure whether this is common practice in France (we entered & left France via Spain & bought most of our fuel there: it's cheaper), but I bought some petrol at Intermarche in Lalinde. I was going to buy 30 Euro's worth & the display went on to 30.01! So I decided to buy 40 Euro's worth & slowed the pump in the 39.90s & 'inched' it up cent by cent: 98, 99, the display then missed "00" & went to 40.01!
...This is a rip off: not because they're ripping a Euro Cent off everyone, but because people will do what I did: blame themselves for going over the round figure & go up to the next full Euro or 10 Euro! ...This scam makes lots of people buy 10 Euro more than they intended to.
Unique Suggestions: Buy fuel by the LITRE, not the Euro AND PAY BY CREDIT CARD: better exchange rate and no danger of short-change!
Fun Alternatives: France, at the time of writing, July 2008, has dearer petrol than Spain AND so-called rip-off Britain, so fill up in UK or Spain if you enter France from one of these countries!
Not a Tourist Trap created by the froggies, but one manufactured in Britain.
People with easy access to the media in the UK keep saying Britain has the highest petrol prices in Europe: THIS IS A LIE!
Recent rises in the global oil price and a strengthening of the Euro against the British Pound mean petrol prices in France are significantly higher than in Britain.
French petrol (95 octane unleaded) was 1.489 Euro per litre in July, 2007 (£1.217/l or £5.53/imperial gallon): this is at supermarket prices. Petrol prices are NOT fixed by the government and are often 10 eurocents/litre higher at independent rural garages!
Unique Suggestions: Fill your tank in Britain (£1.139/litre) or Spain (1.249 Euro/litre = £1.04/litre) before entering France!
For up to date fuel prices go to http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/fuel/
Fun Alternatives: Get a plane to Bergerac airport and rent a car if you only need to do local trips.Related to:
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