Bringing the Med to Shropshire

One neat way of cutting down on travel cost and the associate environmental problems is being demonstrated today in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.  An itinerant Mediterranean market is visiting, as it does twice a year.  The rest of the year they tour other UK towns.

You can buy freshly baked baguettes and croissants …

original French cheeses…


… a wide range of olives …

It feels a bit like the market in Uzès, in Gard in the south of France.  You can even practise your French or Italian because the stall holders are the genuine thing and happily indulge you in linguistic adventure.

After shopping you can have an expresso at the newly opened Carluccio’s with tables in the sun.  There the waiters and waitresses speak French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish and more.

You don’t need a passport, no silly money and the net emissions are much lower and you are back for the World Cup in the evening in English.

As there is a Mcdonalds in town you can even replicate a trip to the United States, yielding even greater savings in emissions.

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