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Old July 7th, 2009, 09:11 PM   #1701
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So how do you pronounce Auchan in Polish? (the original French pronunciation being [oʃɑ̃])
Most people do as it is in French, but those less inteligent treat is as regular Polish word and it then sounds like awhan
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Old July 7th, 2009, 09:59 PM   #1702
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Source? How many square meters of commercial space?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cevahir_Mall

The largest shopping centre in Europe (more than one building) is BTC City in Ljubljana (~430,000 sq m).
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Old July 7th, 2009, 10:07 PM   #1703
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Lol, and I thought that the expansion from 1,600 to 3,200 sq. meters of my former job (supermarket) was impressive
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Old July 7th, 2009, 10:25 PM   #1704
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cevahir_Mall

The largest shopping centre in Europe (more than one building) is BTC City in Ljubljana (~430,000 sq m).
I see, it's a shopping mall, not a hypermarket! I was referring to hyper/supermarkets in my post. The Carrefour in the southern suburbs of Toulouse is the largest hypermarket in France, and perhaps also in Europe (I have never seen any information about a larger hypermarket anywhere else in Europe so far). This carrefour has a commercial area of 25,000 m˛, all on the same ground floor.
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Old July 8th, 2009, 04:59 PM   #1705
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Most people do as it is in French, but those less inteligent treat is as regular Polish word and it then sounds like awhan
I'm Polish and I've never heard someone who pronounces it "awhan" . Everyone uses the French version. BUT unce upon a time I heard a slang version for it which was "oshowom" (in Polish "oszołom" means fanatic ).
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Old July 8th, 2009, 05:35 PM   #1706
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we pronounce it like the english "ocean",but many call it "tesco with bird"
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Old July 8th, 2009, 06:00 PM   #1707
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Better Polish translation of "oszolom" would be a "whacked out person"

BTW don't forget we used to have Geant chain as well but it was sold few years back. Another French chain in Poland I know is Bricomarche (twin sister of Intermarche I would presume).
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Old July 8th, 2009, 07:51 PM   #1708
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Aunchan in Portugal is called Jumbo and it's logo is a elephant with a three leaf clover, the trollies say Aunchan though and has the bird.
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Old July 8th, 2009, 10:06 PM   #1709
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In Spain it's called Alcampo, the French translation would be "Au champ"

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Old July 8th, 2009, 10:24 PM   #1710
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Old July 8th, 2009, 10:40 PM   #1711
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Old July 9th, 2009, 12:50 AM   #1712
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To put you guys back on topic:

How is the border crossing between France and Spain near Hendaye/Irun. The last time I went there it was completely wrecked. Now, are they going to rebuild the border crossing or leave it empty, like the Dutch/Belgian border at Hazeldonk (A16-A1), since they're both Schengen countries.
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Old July 9th, 2009, 06:52 AM   #1713
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Old July 9th, 2009, 06:11 PM   #1714
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To put you guys back on topic:

How is the border crossing between France and Spain near Hendaye/Irun. The last time I went there it was completely wrecked. Now, are they going to rebuild the border crossing or leave it empty, like the Dutch/Belgian border at Hazeldonk (A16-A1), since they're both Schengen countries.
I don't thinl that they will leave it empty, the main Spanish-French crossing in the west is a motorway crossing and a mightmare (2 tolls) so they might put a toll there or something.
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Old July 9th, 2009, 06:17 PM   #1715
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Yeah, on busy days, almost the entire A63 becomes jammed because of the toll plaza. Removing the border crossing isn't gonna help that.
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Old July 10th, 2009, 10:03 AM   #1716
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Time to introduce some vingettes there as well
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Old July 10th, 2009, 01:10 PM   #1717
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I think France is too large for a vignette. A single through route costs € 63 to € 86 depending in route (North - south), and I don't think we will see such costly vignettes.

Personally, I think a Europe-wide GPS based toll is unavoidable in the future.
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Old July 10th, 2009, 01:21 PM   #1718
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Personally, I think a Europe-wide GPS based toll is unavoidable in the future.
Yeah, the sooner the better. I find it really strange that Hungary, a not so rich country, actually managed to implement electronic vignettes in place of traditional stickers, while the economic powerhouses of the EU like France and Italy still use toll booths.
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Old July 10th, 2009, 01:41 PM   #1719
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My main objection against a GPS based toll is that they can increase the number of tolled roads unlimited, and it's also easy to increase tolls outrageous during rushhours, simply pricing people off the road. This practice is already in use in the United States, where a 20km route can cost as much as 20 dollars.
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Old July 10th, 2009, 03:25 PM   #1720
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Yeah, the sooner the better.
I think the later the better.
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