Paradise Regained

Cortés might have thought that paradise would be cities of gold atop majestic cliffs.  Captain Cook’s sailors might have thought it’s beaches with scantily-clad beauties.  Paradise is different things to different people.  Some reach it.

For the record, I haven’t found paradise, but I’ve located an outlet.  And I don’t have to sail the Seven Seas or scale the cliffs of the Andes.  It’s easily accessible.  And available in every French town and city.   It’s the cheese section at Carrefour.

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Wikipedia informs us:  ‘Traditionally, there are from 350 to 400 distinct types of French cheese grouped into eight categories. There can be many varieties within each type of cheese, leading some to claim closer to 1,000 different types of French cheese. In 1962, ex-president Charles de Gaulle  was famously quoted as saying “How can you govern a country which has two hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?”

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The stirring of awareness in my own country regarding cheese has been tardy and is relatively recent.  But we’re getting there.  You can’t keep a good cheese down.

Meanwhile, back at Carrefour…

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Le Rustique

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Rechon

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Camembert D’Isigny

With a fresh pain de campagne and a flagon of Rosé d’Alsace or Burgundy rouge or Vallauria Muscat (the wine can adapt to the occasion), you might well dissuade a Cortés or a Cook from  false paradisial pursuits.  And live in the comfort that, when all else fails, there is cheese.

 © Will v.d. Walt

Mercredi  30 Janvier 2013

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3 Responses to Paradise Regained

  1. I love cheese ,but am ,since early 30s lactose intolerant, so I can only salivate with envy!

  2. Claudie Mader says:

    just a small correction : “pain *de* campagne” and … *Burgundy* or Bourgogne

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