Fromage! Guide to French Cheese

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  "Comment voulez-vous gouverner un pays qui a deux cent quarante-six variétés de fromage?" "How can you govern a country which has two hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?" --- Charles de Gaulle It’s a hot August afternoon in Paris. I’m on my way up to my favorite ice cream stand on the Rue Mouffetard when I’m struck by the intoxicating aromas of fresh cheese wafting out of a ... Read Full Article

Enjoy the Cheeses of France’s Auvergne Region


  You may not be aware of this little known fact but the Auvergne is home to more great cheese than any other region of France. This unique volcanic landscape is home to no less than 5 Appellation d'Origine Controlee (A.O.C) cheeses. The principal cheeses are: Bleu D'Auvergne, Cantal, St. Nectaire, Fourme d'Ambert and Salers. Each of these five cheeses has gained PDO (Protected ... Read Full Article

Discover France’s Stunning Auvergne


The Auvergne is a region located in the heart of France – approximately 3 hours south of Paris and 3 hours from the south coast. The region is comprised of four departments – the Allier in the north, the Puy de Dôme in the centre, the Haute-Loire to the east and the Cantal in the south. It is an area of plains, deep cut river gorges, crater lakes, plateaux, exceptional flora and fauna…and ... Read Full Article

Discover Paris Again


You've been to the Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral, gazed up at the Eiffel Tower and the Arch of Triumph, taken a sightseeing cruise on the Seine River. Now you want to discover the lesser-known treasures of Paris -- which is what we did on our latest visit to this fabulous city. John and I checked out a few old favorites and looked up places we'd never seen. We did our usual endless walking, ... Read Full Article