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Smelly Cheese

by Mabel
(Ile de France)

What's that smell?

What's that smell?

We recently had my nephew visiting us here in France and we took a day trip to the city of Meaux, which is to the east of Paris. Meaux is in the land of Brie cheese. After visiting the cathedral, we were enjoying ourselves walking up and down the narrow streets and looking in shop windows.

Suddenly my nephew stopped short and with a look of horror in his eyes gasped "What is that smell?" Well I smelt it too and didn't have to look far to see the source: a wonderful display of goat cheese beckoned to me from a shop window. My nephew's reaction was so funny to me - he wouldn't even go in the shop! And I could tell he didn't think cheese or anything should be smelling like that.

Unfortunately I wasn't able to get him over the smell and he didn't try any of the great cheeses of France. Wonder how to get people over the smell?

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Jun 27, 2009
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French and cheese
by: KIm

Hi Diana - The French love cheese and have something like 400 different kinds. I don't think they partcularly notice the smell. Have to admit though that even after living in Frace for 17 years I'm still a bit surprised when I get a waft of strong cheese smell at the grocery store. Certinly doesn't stop me from eating my fair share though!

Jun 25, 2009
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Smelly Cheese
by: Diana

Does this mean that it's unusual for French People to eat cheeses, or that they are very particular about the smells they encounter?

Jun 22, 2009
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Me too!
by: Mickey

I know just how you feel. I was eating out with some relatives at a nice restaurant in the south of France and they started having coniption fits, waving their hands under their noses and looking around. Cheese had been served at the table next to us. And then the silly billies won't even try it!

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