Back in the UK everyone has become accustomed to being able to shop wherever they want, in fact I am sure that place like garden centers and DIY stores are busier on Sundays than other days in the week,
Sundays in the UK are also a time for a lot of people to get out the mower, wash the car and catch up with all the other things that they hadn't had time to do in the week.
Here in France, it is a bit like the UK used to be maybe 50-60 years ago, most people don't even put washing out on a Sunday let alone carry out work and certainly no machinery. Apart from the big cities and a few exceptions like the bakery for a few hours or restaurants all shops are shut.
Sunday is family time here with a tradition of long Sunday lunches at home.
What may have been a bit frustrating when we first moved here has now become the "norm"
Here, in Brittany, we can go for a drive on almost deserted countryside roads and wander by the lake and through nearly empty streets through our Town Square.
I, for one love it.