I often bring my visitors here and they always get very well impressed by its beauty. So we park the car and walk the hill up to this medieval village. We stroll down the main street between restaurants offering fondue and raclette and souvenir shops filled with Swiss army knives and key rings. It is a very quiet Sunday in April with overcast and no sun, but it isn't raining and my Papa is enjoying this visit as much as everybody else.
We visit the Gruyère castle and get wowed by the fact that this castle is over a 1000 years old!!! Talk about history. One thousand years is a looooooong time ago...
Later we sit down to have crêpes with cheese and ham, traditional Swiss style. And Gruyère cheese it is, of course, the typical Swiss melting cheese with its sweet but lightly salty and nutty flavour. A cheese which has been named after this pretty village.
Later that afternoon, we make our way to Gstaad one last time before ski season is over. And my Papa gets the chance to see those beautiful Swiss Alps even though we didn't go out on the slopes. Just the view itself is impressive for anyone visiting this amazing country.
It is good to be reminded by its beauty and see Switzerland with a travelers eye. It is easy to forget, to get blind as a resident. It is good to take a step back and become a tourist for a day to enjoy all the beauty that surrounds us daily. Switzerland is truly a fabulous place to live in.
PS 1: Did you know that Souvenir is the French word for remembering or remembrance. Explains a lot doesn't it?
PS 2: Did you know that the Swiss Alps covers 65% of Switzerland's surface area making it one of the most alpine countries in the world. That is quite amazing...PS 3: All pictures taken with my iPhone5, edited in PicMonkey.com.