France’s legendary love of cheese

February 20th, 2020
France’s legendary love of cheese

That the French love cheese is well-documented. After all, the average consumption of cheese in the country is 24.4 kilograms per person per year (read: a lot). And with over 1,600 types of cheese spread over 13 regions in the country, who wouldn't develop a love affair with the stuff? Fromage is a way of life in La Republique, and the Francais take it so seriously that their government established the Appelation d’Origine Controllee (AOC), a wine, cheese, and butter classification and certification authority that ensures producers adhere to strict production methods native to particular terroirs (geographic regions).

This is why French cheese is truly unique.

Sweet and savoury street food to try in Sicily

February 14th, 2020
Sweet and savoury street food to try in Sicily

Sicily is an island smack dab in the middle of the Mediterranean. It’s part of Italy yet it’s not, and this duality couldn’t be more obvious in its food. Sicilian cuisine is a melange of Greek, Spanish, French, Arabic, and Italian culinary traditions.

Webinar Replay: Tastes of Eastern France

June 8th, 2019
Webinar Replay: Tastes of Eastern France

Check out the replay from our recent webinar about our Fall 2020 program Tastes of Eastern France:

In a unique 3-part 'modular' program, you can join us for a cruise on the the Rhône & Saone rivers, followed by 3 days exploring one of the world's gastronomic hubs in Lyon, followed again by 4 nights enjoying the food and wine in the Burgundy and Champagne regions of France.

France’s Canal du Midi: A Reinvented Wonder Of The Engineering World

February 16th, 2019
France’s Canal du Midi: A Reinvented Wonder Of The Engineering World

It’s 1662 - and French tax farmer and science enthusiast Pierre-Paul Riquet has an impossible dream.

It’s easy to imagine him staring at a map of France, his brow beetled with frustration. At its narrowest point across France, less than 450 km separate the Mediterranean from the Atlantic - but without a functioning waterway, trade goods were faced with the journey down the coast, round the Iberian Peninsula, through the straits of Gibraltar and up the other side.

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