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What it's like to visit a chocolate shop in France

Apr 27, 2015 by Laura Barber

There are two things I’ve always associated with France and they are: wine and chocolate. I can remember when my aunt would bring back the most delicious selection of French confections from her travels and how much I enjoyed them, so finding some of my own was definitely at the top of my list.

outdoor display of a chocolate shop in france

Luckily, I found just what I was looking for in Carcassonne. During some free time after exploring the castle, I stumbled upon a shop called La Cure Gourmande—a biscuiterie and chocolatier that’s been in business for over 25 years. I was immediately drawn in by the enticing displays and after some free samples, found myself standing in front of a glass case full of different kinds of chocolate. Each had a unique kind of filling, from praline to cherry.

Chocolates from La Cure Gourmande in Carcassone, France

It took a lot of willpower not to walk out with one of each, but after some very serious thought, I wound up with a modest four pieces, each with a different flavored center—caramel, crème de menthe, strawberry and chocolate ganache. I won’t say whether or not they survived the bus ride back to Toulouse, but if anyone asks, I’m making them last.

Have you ever dreamed of trying chocolates in France? Nows your chance! On our trips to France, you'll have free time to explore and find your favorite.

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About the author | Laura Barber
It all began on a school trip to London in 7th grade. Since that first jaunt across the pond, Laura has been hooked on all things travel (and British for that matter). When she's not at work using her words to help people find their own adventures, she can be found running 5ks, refining her cribbage game, or rewatching The Office for the 100th time.

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