A beginner’s guide to combining travel and cheese
I really love cheese.
I know that you probably shouldn’t eat too much of it, but there’s not much that beats a really great piece of cheese – especially when you’re on vacation. When I’m selecting mini-break destinations I seem to be instinctively drawn to those countries and destinations that give good cheese. I could write a book about the fondue’s that I’ve enjoyed on skiing holidays.
If you fancy a bit of cheese on your travels, here’s some destinations that you might want to add to your travel wish-list.
Amsterdam is a beautiful city with friendly people - even if they are fairly aggressive cyclists.
There’s a huge range of accommodation options in Amsterdam, but on my most recent visit I found a great apartment in the centre of town using Airbnb.
My host met me at the apartment on arrival - she was charming, and the apartment was beautiful. My room overlooked a canal.
My host had prepared a little welcome pack for me - a local map, a bottle of red wine, and a big block of local cheese.
I was so happy I hugged her.
It’s stating the obvious a little, but the French are indisputably the cheese masters. They’re also the masters of the long lunch.
As a treat for my birthday one year, my then-boyfriend arranged a Eurostar date - London-to-Paris return tickets for the day so that we could have a long, romantic lunch.
He’d chosen a stunning restaurant in the Marais district, and we ate fantastic food and drank too much wine.
We thought we’d allowed ourselves plenty of time, but this was the kind of restaurant where no one was in a hurry. We were keeping an eye on the clock, as we knew we had to leave ourselves enough time to get back to Gare du Nord to catch the train home. My boyfriend called the waiter over to ask for the bill.
“But, sir, I was about to bring the cheese trolley over!” exclaimed the helpful waiter.
I’ve never eaten a cheese course so fast, but I wasn’t going anywhere until I’d sampled everything on that trolley.
One of my favourite cheeses is Caerphilly cheese, which is made in South Wales.
Caerphilly cheese is made in the town of the same name – not far from the capital Cardiff.
The cheese is dry, acidic, and delicious – best eaten on bread, with a cup of tea.
A big hunk of cheese is great reward for climbing around the walls of the ruined Caerphilly Castle.