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Published: July 14th 2017
View from our B & B
Time to say good-bye to Geneva and Ferney-Voltaire. Took a bus into Geneva one last time and picked up our vehicle - a Fiat Pico. Nice car with enough room, AC and a built in GPS!!! (thank goodness). We returned to the Ferney flat to load our luggage and be on our way. We are bound for Gruyere (home of the famous cheese). We had a great drive of 1.5 hours which brought us into some gorgeous mountains and scenery. We arrived into Gruyere at approximately 3:30 in the afternoon and found the wonderful Farm Bourgo (en Francais - Ferme Bourgo). It is a very rustic looking place on the outside but inside is quite modern and comfortable. We met our hostess Eliane who is a wonderful person and she got us settled into our comfy room where we will spend the next couple of days while we explore the Gruyere area.
This country has the most breathtaking scenery ever. I was pinching myself constantly to confirm it was real because it just boggled the mind that this was actually and truly the sight before my eyes. I think AWESTRUCK is the word I am looking for. You certainly feel
Our execeptional view
very small when looking into the height of the peaks. Mountains like I have never seen, with wispy clouds touching their peaks, fresh green trees and meadows, and our lovely B and B was nicely situated right in the midst of it all! We were looking up towards Chateau Gruyere a beautiful castle in the midst of it all. Wow. This is a piece of heaven, I am sure. How lucky are we to be here in this amazing place. Grateful beyond words.😊
Our hostess Eliane served us breakfast in her beautiful garden each morning. We sat in a group with the other guests from France, Italy and Germany, nibbling on fresh bread, homemade jams, yogurt, coffee and tea (served in a bowl?!) and of course a generous healthy wedge of Gruyere cheese. le petit dejuner!
Our trip up to visit the Village of Grueyre was so interesting and informative. We visited the shops in the village square and then made our way to the Chalet Gruyere for a Swiss lunch of village soup, quiche and salad in an old wooden Alpen house. Waitresses dressed in typical Swiss dresses. A bowl of raspberries with the famous Gruyere double
Farm Bourgos - Gruyeres
Our sweet and cozy room
cream completed the meal 😋
Next, we made our way to the Chateau Gruyere castle. 🏰. We went on the self guided tour which was so intersting and informative. Beautiful tapestries, artwork, and ancient artifacts many over 800-900 years old and also lovely manicured gardens. Wonderful.
We were also able to log a couple of caches in Gruyere to add to our geocache collection. This gave us a virtual souvenir for Switzerland.
All is good, tomorrow we head for Baretswill which will be a beautiful (and white knuckle) drive through the Alps. We will pass through the scenic lakes and city of Interlaken and city of Lucerne on our way. stay tuned....
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