Last Saturday’s mission was to stock up on cheese at the markets in the main square of Montbrison.
Montbrison has its own ‘fourme’ which is a medium – not hard not soft – blue cheese. Added to my list as I waited in line at the cheese van was some Cantal Vieux, some St Nectair and something new – some dry goats cheese. All the maximum bacteria.
Actually maximum bacteria was an understatement – once I had them in my bag the cheeses combined smelt like a cross between old socks and dead sheep. As they should.
It took one hour on the No. 111 public bus, departing from St Etienne’s Chateaucreux Railway Station. There is also a train between St Etienne and Montbrison, but the train station at the Montbrison end is slightly further than walking distance from the centre of town.