First off, intrepid European chowhounds, do you know that Ryanair (cheap london-based airline) is doing a special of flights around Europe for nearly free?(Note I have no connection with this co, and am not shilling--just thought others might want to know)If you get lucky and there are still seats available, you just pay the tax and charges--we found flights from Bologna to London for only about 30 euros roundtrip. Holiday blackout, of course, and the sale's only good through Thursday, but check it out. NOW, onto the food---I'm going to Paris for a week in Dec., and really want to cruise the outdoor food markets. BUT, as I've realized from living in Italy, it really helps to know how to ask for stuff. I can speak basic French, but I don't know market French--like the words for a bunch, a head, a handful, is this ripe, how do I cook this, etc. Also, here the basic less-than-a-kilo form is the etto (100 grams)--esp. used for buying meat and cheese. Is there a French equivalent? Happy to provide the Italian words for any of the above in return.