Switzerland: Gruyère, Center of the Fondue Universe
I don’t often think about Europe, except when hungry. If you have a penchant for fondue, the place to visit is the little Swiss town, Gruyère, where the cheese of the same name originates.
1) The town center
Here you will find a delightfully traditional village where, at least in the off-season, the hordes of tourists are thin. The restaurant I chose to experience the delights of fondue had a menu with over fifty different types of the dish. Meat, cheese, vegetables, fruit, for all I know they were dipping bugs into the wonderfully fragrant heated cheeses and oils.
The ambiance of some of the small bars and restaurants in the area is remarkable. I stopped in this place for a drink and couldn’t take my eyes off the painting on the bar’s wall.
2) Portrait of local fun-lovers
And the scenery on the drive to Gruyère yields a surprise at every turn.
3) Local view
So if you find your self famished in Europe, head for Gruyère. Your appetite will thank you profoundly.