Cheese board

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For our next course it’s time to visit the lovely spa re­sort of Bag­nères-deBig­orre to source Tour­malet cheese made nearby in the foothills of the Pyrénées. This sheep’s milk cheese has a dis­tinc­tive nutty flavour – the per­fect com­ple­ment to our meal and some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to savour. Bag­nères, in the de­part­ment of Haute-pyrénées, is it­self a real draw­card. There’s the lively tra­di­tional quar­ter where beau­ti­ful old houses are dom­i­nated by the amaz­ing Tour des Ja­cobins, famed ther­mal baths and casino. But it’s the sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able around here which re­ally ap­peal. Just 15km east of Lour­des (with its air­port) it’s been twice in­cluded in the Tour de France route. There’s cycling, moun­tain bik­ing, hik­ing, paraglid­ing, golf and fan­tas­tic ski­ing at La Mongie. Just imag­ine a ski area cover­ing 100km with 70 runs and 34 lifts!

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