Cheese Please: Taste Your Way Through France

A journey through France's best cheese shops and tours
Flickr/Simon Bonaventure

A classic example of an age old tradition of aging cheese in France (Photo Modified: Flickr/Simon Bonaventure)

You're off to Europe to explore the beautifully romantic lands of France.

Cheese Please: Taste Your Way Through France (Slideshow)

You've dreamed about the picturesque countryside landscapes and the quaint city streets; sitting curb side, sipping an espresso, and watching people drive by on their Vespas. You can't wait to see the wondrous castles, famous art museums, and awe-inspiring monuments like the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.

You may have gotten excited because you found some cheap flights, but you should be most excited about the cuisine. Between the glorious restaurants and the delectable shops, you can plan to devour some of France's best cheeses. Many people are unaware of all the different luxurious cheeses France has to offer. With more than 500 distinct varieties of French cheese, there is plenty for you to indulge in. Going on cheese tours in France is a great way for you to learn about the history of French cuisine.

Whether you're a Brie fanatic or Blue admirer, France will impress your cheese-loving palate. With cheese markets (known as fromageries) on every street corner and cheese tours offered daily, you're sure to indulge in the world's finest cheese while vacationing in France. Just remember to pick and choose wisely, because trying 500 cheeses isn’t exactly a possible task without sacrificing some inches to the waistline.

Here are the very best cheese markets and tours you'll find in France that you should consider visiting during your trip.  

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