I think that I should never tire of streets and markets lined with vendors offering everything that is fresh. From colorful flowers, fruits, and vegetables, to cheeses and deli meats from around the world, there is no need for the "one stop shopping" concept.
My favorite food season of the year... white asparagus and strawberries. Between April and June almost every restaurant in Germany serves some variation of these seasonal favorites, and every market and grocery store is filled with this tasty produce.
For years I have been secretly annoyed at the amount of parking spaces I missed out on at the grocery store or Wal-Mart, because someone was too lazy to return their cart. When I first moved to Germany, I found this simple concept of having to pay for a cart brilliant on so many levels. One simply uses a 50 cent, 1, or 2 Euro coin, just like many of the airport carts, but the great thing is that you get your money back when you return it.
I love how "green" Germany is... you always see people using foldable boxes, baskets, or fabric bags instead of the disposable plastic bags, and why not walk to the market or take a bike?
Our favorite home improvement has it all... lumber, lighting, tools, bakeries, deli meat stands, fresh apples from the land,... and a kitchen sink all in one stop.
Unlike the new and uninteresting malls that I was used to frequenting before in the U.S., beautiful old buildings with character add to the total shopping experience...
For all you "shopaholics", visit Jane at Spain Daily for a world shopping spree...