I guess you can figure out my theme for the 2014 A to Z Blogging Challenge. That’s right, it’s cheese! I hope you enjoy these posts!
“G” is for GRUYERE
Same view, different seasons (and my photo is from 1979).
Now, you may recall that my “G” post last year was similar. Right! Last year, in my “Oh! The Places I’ve Been” theme, I listed the small village of Gruyères as my “G.”
Gruyere cheese is probably my favorite – yes, partly because it’s made in my beloved Switzerland, but its taste is so unique. It’s a good melting cheese, and you shouldn’t make a cheese fondue without using equal amounts of Emmanthaler (“Swiss”) and Gruyere cheeses (that’s known as moitié-moitié – half and half).
Ah, Gruyères. We hitchhiked to the town from Fribourg (Switzerland). It was easy to get a car to stop for two girls. Even the guy who drove us was harmless, although he believed that by giving us a ride, he was entitled to spend the afternoon with us. Gruyères is just 20 miles from Fribourg. You can take a train from Fribourg – it stops in Bulle and arrives about an hour later. It’s a medieval town just made for photographs and its castle, now a museum, dates back to the 13th century.
At the base of the hill, we toured the cheese factory and breathed in the heady aroma of cheese-in-the-making. Then we climbed up and up to the village at the top of the hill. There, you can eat more cheese, followed by fresh fruit smothered in thick cream, and finish with some chocolate. Hey, you’re walking, it’s all good.