I don't pretend to be extensively travelled throughout Europe. A fair time in France, a number of Spanish trips and occasional visits to Belgium, Austria and Switzerland, plus 4 Greek holidays. Accepting that the cooking provision in self-catering accomodation isn't going to be the best you will possibly get, and unrepresentative of what the indiginous population would aspire to, I have in moments of boredom whilst my wife checks out the clothes and trinkets she can buy overseas spent time looking at cooking utensils etc. I have probably gained a lop-sided vision, but it seems to me, from what I've seen, our continental cousins have much to learn on what constitutes a decent cooker. In our current house is a particularly useless German hob and oven. I can't imagine what was in the mind of the designers, or for that, in whoever bought and fitted it. It's a constant juggling act to get the pans to stay on the hobs and stop the hob bits from skidding around. For the oven, there is a switch with about 10 settings. Nobody has so far been able to discover what the various icons refer to, just the one that looks like a fan and gets the oven hot. It breaks my heart that in our garage there is an excellent, British, solid, gas and electric range cooker I shalln't be able to use until we either move of tear out this fitted kitchen.