The Thrill Of The Chase


ON THE SCENT: A hunter and his hounds move through the woods on a twice-weekly hunt in the Retz woodlands northeast of Paris.

Forget the magnificent red wine. Visitors to the Abbaye du Val des Choues, a 12th century Cistercian monastery in Burgundy, may come away with a real souvenir — "les honneurs," the foot of a wild boar. But only if they catch the beast first. Since 1999 Inès Monot, co-owner of Val des Choues, has been opening her home and her hunt in the lush forests to adventurous Europeans. With a ban on fox hunting looming [an error occurred while processing this directive] in England and Wales she is seeing a growing number of visitors from across the channel....

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