06/04/2015 01:26 pm ET Updated Jun 04, 2016

Avignon Farmers Market

Cities all across France now have modern and efficient "farmers markets" in practical indoor halls, with big parking garages overhead. These were built so that this important slice of the local culture can survive the competition brought on by France's hypermarchés (huge suburban shopping centers). As I'll explain in this clip, at these markets you'll find lots more than a charming and colorful people scene; you can also eat well and affordably. I find that in my guidebooks all across Europe, for lunch I'm recommending sitting down with the local shoppers at the traditional market. What's your favorite market experience (or meal) in Europe?