A short story about a city of knives

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I never ever heard of a knife city before until I visited Laguiole with my husband recently.

Okay I think Laguiole deserves a brief history of knives in France before you go thinking they like to murder people here. Not the case!!!

So, in France, knives are taken very seriously. Every grown man owns a couple of good quality knives.

At least by the age of 14 when you are becoming a man, it is tradition for your father to present you with your first knife.

They use knives for carving, cutting wood, skinning of animals, leather work, etcetera etcetera…

Okay back to Laguiole. Welcome to this beautiful city of knives and be sure to explore the area next time you are visiting Hotel Bouloc, Gabriac.

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On your way to Laguiole you’ll pass by this beautiful bridge and you can stop over and see the flowing river and the camp sites on the side.

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Welcome to knife city!

Once you pass by this towering monument that is a famous knife factory that supplies most of the shops in the city then you know that you’ve arrived. Keep moving…

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There are knife shops on practically every street you meet!!! It’s amazing…and cutting edge cute!

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Et voila! And this is the biggest knife shop that we found!

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On walking in, wow. I never saw anything like it before.

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Knives floating in the air…knives everywhere!

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All sorts of knives…what your fancy…there’s a knife for every knife lover…

Knives that look like swords…

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All shapes and sizes…

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Knives in innovative sphere show cases

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Knives cushioned on wooden holders that were carved with….KNIVES

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Knives reverently encased on the walls.

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Knives here, knives there, knives up, down, sideways, left, right…and guess what?…more and more Knives everywhere!!!!

There is even a knife museum somewhere not far from here. Who would believe that there are more knives to see than this already?

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IT’S BEAUTIFUL

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Believe it or not but there’s more than knives to see in the city of Laguiole…

We found a Best Western hotel right opposite the knife shop…(where else would it be?)

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Like this gorgeous house that looks like a castle…

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A lovely kiddy playground…

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And ofcourse – who can forget – le Taureau de Laguiole…this bull. We here if you touch its balls, good luck is bestowed on you. I took a rain check on that one…

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And further out on the outskirts of Laguiole is a famous glamorous five star hotel and restaurant. The ‘Bras’ hotel and restaurant. We hear that you have to make your bookings at least 6 months ahead or more or else you won’t find a space here…

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The Bras hotel sits atop a mountain and has a magnificent view.

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If you ask me I’d say Laguiole is a beautiful KNIFE CITY and yet there is so much more to see beyond the knives and bull’s good luck ‘balls’.

It’s beautiful…

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