This is not a very attractive picture to look at, we realize. Special it is, on the other hand. When we left our floating home to explore the town of Marcoing we discovered this vending machine. By using the description ‘vending machine’ one thinks of cigarettes, meatballs, fried-rice-balls, croquette and the likes. (Meatballs and all after it, at least in The Netherlands.) Here, being in La Douce France, it’s endive (chicory in English, witlof in Dutch, ‘andijvie’ in Dutch is endive in English, which obviously is not France’s endive – are you still with us?), carrots, onions, potatoes and shallots. We could not find the old fashioned greengrocer. Perhaps we did not look carefully enough.