scout paris 
 
Last summer, I took a trip to the Jura--home to Comte cheese, trees, mountains, and waterfalls. The cold winter weather has made me nostalgic for this lovely adventure where I was taken out of my comfort zone to experience another way of life. But, it wasn't because I needed to get out of Paris for a little fresh country air. However, it did feel nice to breathe in crisp mountain air for a bit.

The purpose of this trip was for a graduate course Food, Culture, and Communications at the American University of Paris. We spent the week applying what we learned about gastronomy in France by seeing firsthand how Comte cheese is produced in the Jura Mountains. Our itinerary included a trip to a dairy farm to learn about Comte cheese production by an incredible group of local farmers. Professor Christy Shields planned the perfect trip for her students.

I have so much more of an appreciation for locally produced food and the people who have dedicated their lives to its authenticity and quality. It was a pretty inspiring week to be out in the fresh air, getting closer to nature, and relishing local cuisine.
Picture
The cows were so warm and friendly to this city girl!
Picture
Dairy farmer Taz talks about daily life on the farm.
Picture
Fifi--a Comte cheese maker is hard at work.
Picture
Comte is aged to perfection
Picture
A Comte cheese tasting
Picture
Homemade blueberry tart
Picture
Lunch at Grapiot
Picture
A hike through the woods--impressive tree roots. And, I love my friend's blue flats...The perfect walking shoes!
Picture
Wow!
Picture
The city girl embracing the country...