You don't get much for €5.50 these days but a tour of the caves where Champignons de Paris are grown on a vast scale is one of them. The site is not easy to find and the opening hours are a bit random but once you're there it is fascinating. Take a coat - it was 27 outside last week but a constant 14 inside and you're going to be down there for a good hour. The tour commences with the owner/grower/guide who speaks English and some Dutch and has a hilarious sense of humour. After taking you through the process of growing he then leaves you watching a multimedia presentation projected onto a cave wall and thereafter you're on your own. If French is not your first language he will provide you with a written guide to the various exhibits which are mostly in the form of little cameos in the caves you go through where the figures tell you their story about troglodyte life. You push a button at each cave and the scene comes to life. At the end of your visit there will be an opportunity to but a huge punnet of mushrooms for €2.50 which have a superb taste. One word of caution though, eat them within a couple of days (or at least clean them) as they still have damp compost attached which can start to make them go soft! The owner sells wine and snacks as well but as we and a Dutch couple were the only visitors and the season hadn't really started this was closed...but I bet he'd have opened it if we'd asked!
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