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My work is published in travel magazines, company newsletters, professional websites, local newspapers and business school journals. Here is a sample. The full article can be found at issuu.com/johnstretch

CROQUE MONSIEUR

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A Croque Monsieur is a toasted sandwich of ham, cheese, and béchamel sauce, dipped in egg and grilled. This staple of French cuisine is a popular lunchtime meal throughout France. But describing a Croque Monsieur as a French ham and cheese sandwich does not do it justice at all. With quality ingredients, and served in a boulevard café, it becomes a gastro experience that creates a unique memory for every visitor to France.

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I enjoyed my first croque monsieur in Beziers, capital of the Languedoc wine country and birthplace of Resistance hero Jean Moulin. The Canal du midi passes through Beziers and you can moor your boat in the basin below  and walk up a flight of stairs to the town.

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 The town centre is the Avenue Paul-Riquet, a leafy esplanade lined with cafes, crepes stalls, restaurants, and shops. It is named after the 17th century tax collector who lost his health and his fortune in his obsession to build the Canal du Midi, hoping to join the Atlantic with the Mediterranean. Beziers boasts one of the star rugby teams in France which is a great conversation opener with the locals.

The Béziers Feria (festival) is the biggest event of the year in the Languedoc-Roussillon region and takes place in the month of August (as they hope it will again in 2021). A million people visit this festival of bullfighting, eating, wine tasting and music each year. There are bullfights in the arena every day and when the corrida is over the visitors take over the whole town. The party continues until dawn with bodegas, flamenco and casitas everywhere.


 

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