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Living in Saint Louis

Hi all newbie Amanda here.

I have heard various comments about Saint Louis not being the best place to live etc....we have no choice has my hubbies company have signed a rental on an apartment which we will be staying in for 2 months (apartment is lovely) we are arriving at the end of the month.

Can anyone help with places to eat, shops, markets etc....no children and we are mid 40's so nightlife is not a must .

Do's and don'ts etc.

Hubbie working at Basel airport....easy to get to?

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Re: Living in Saint Louis

Saint Louis is fine, honestly, don't worry.

Do you have a car? If not, there's bus 11 from Saint Lois train station to airport. Schedule here:
http://www.distribus.com

Best restaurants are in the neighbouring villages, there are some threads here, but you would also need a car to get to most of them (or bikes).

Shopping - bigger supermarkets in Saint Louis are called E.Leclerc and Geant Casino, the first one is nicer and cheaper, but Casino is in the center. You should also visit the market on Saturday mornings at Place de l´Europe - go early, it gets quite busy and people start packing up by noon.
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Re: Living in Saint Louis

Thank you so very much for the fast reply I was getting really worked up about the move......

Yes we have a car and both drive....don't really ask for much as we have lived in lot's of countries and adapt to that particular countries way of life not wanting to be classed as "a brit abroad". Just doing the last of the 2 months here in Rome then driving over.

Once again many many thanks I will start to investigate the neighbouring villages etc.

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Re: Living in Saint Louis

it's very easy to get to the airport if you have a car. For bigger shopping trips, you will then also want to check out Cora in Wittenheim.

One restaurant thread here:
http://www.englishforum.ch/entertain...sel-de-fr.html
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Re: Living in Saint Louis

Amanda,

I live in Saint Louis & work at the airport

Its fine to live in.... not very exciting.

A few of us go for a quiet drink in the restaurant La Poste or Le Tilbury... so you will probably find a few english speakers there on an evening.

Cigarettes can only be bought at the tobacco shops... I found that strange and annoying when i moved first . . . the one in the town center closes after 12 on saturday, closed Sunday and closes for lunch (12h - 14h) I was smoking when I moved here first so that was a big shock to me!

Saturday markets are lovely. Fresh fruit, veg, meat etc. They finish around 12h so go in the morning.

The big supermarket is called Géant. . . but if you have a car I would advise you to shop over the border in Germany as its far cheaper.

Im happy to answer any questions you may have.... Just ask
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St. Louis really isn't so bad. It's not the most attractive city, but if you've got a car then it's easy enough to take advantage of what's available in the nearby area.

Here's a list of restaurants that you might want to try that aren't too far away: http://www.englishforum.ch/entertain...sel-de-fr.html

For shopping, I prefer LeClerc over Geant, but honestly it's only another five minutes in the car to cross the bridge to Hieber's Frische in Weil-am-Rhein where the selection and ambience are much, much better. Worth trying all three to see which you prefer. Only red meat and fish seem to be cheaper in France -- everything else is cheaper on the German side. Because they're both EU, you'll have no problem nipping back-and-forth from a customs standpoint.

If you're a wine drinker, it's worth visiting the supermarket 'Freunde & Fils' in Huningue. Nearly half their supermarket is dedicated to wine, and their stock includes plenty of older wine that's been well-stored -- a welcome change to the young wines that are available at the larger French supermarkets.

There is also a market each Saturday morning (ends at midday) which is worth a visit -- plenty of fresh vegetables, fish and meat as well as a good selection of Alsacian, North African and Thai products.

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