In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that Switzerland has four national languages: Swiss German, French, Italian and Romansh. Swiss German speakers make up 63.6% of the population, French speakers make up 20.4%, Italian speakers make up 6.5% and Romansh 0.5%.* In fact, Switzerland’s diversity, particularly it’s diverse languages, is one of the primary ways it differentiates itself from its more homogeneous neighbors.
Skanky B, Homie G, MC Roni and I toured the Cheese Factory in Gruyères.* The highlights were:
- the free samples of cheese,
- the scents of all the wonderful alpine plants the cows eat in the mountains, and
- the demonstration.
For more information on the tour and the town, check out The Swiss Watch Blog’s Gruyères post.
What is the logical follow up to such an adventure? Fondue, of course.
|Check out the cow bell and the view|
If you are visiting the greater Geneva area and are not a hiker (there are great places to hike near Gruyères), you can take the chocolate train. It is a great way to see beautiful scenery, the cheese tour, Gruyeres and the Cailler chocolate factory in a single day.
*I just learned that there is a second cheese factory in the mountains around Gruyères. Don’t worry about being uninformed, I will try that one for you too.