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    Wonderful Lyon

    A friend who went for a gap year in Lyon said he would never live anywhere else if he returned to France. This amazed me. Not Paris? Then other friends from Provence, who had always skirted Lyon via highway as they headed to relatives for the summer, wondered why anyone would even get off the highway to see it. Now I really had to visit. All due respect to my Provence friends. You are wrong.What a lovely place Lyon is.   High speed rail from Paris brings you to the central station within 90 minutes. From there it’s easy enough to walk the city. If it’s really pouring, take a…

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    France and Cheese, A Match Made in Heaven

    by Laura Glendinning England has cheddar, Italy has Parmesan, Holland has Gouda, Greece has Feta and France has Roquefort, Camembert, Brie, Comte, Gruyere, and, well you get the idea.  As Charles de Gaulle once asked “how can you govern a country in which there are 246 kinds of cheese?”  Make that at least 1200 and some say 2000.  You won’t ever taste it all, but you can try! Cheesemaking goes back to the Egyptians, according to some archeologists, and spread throughout the ancient world via trade routes. In Europe, after the fall of the Romans and the descent of the Dark Ages, cheese was considered peasant food at best and…