Thursday Market in Bulle, Switzerland

Always a sucker for a good local market While we were waiting for our engine to be repaired, our hosts informed us about a local market in the town of Bulle.  They said it would be well worth a visit, as it had a good variety of local foods, cheeses, clothes, and crafts.  So when Thursday arrived, we jumped in … Continue reading

Maison Callier Chocolate Factory, Broc Switzerland

Mmmmmm Chocolate!  In my mind, no trip to Switzerland would be complete without a visit to a chocolate factory.  Fortunately the Maison Callier Chocolate Factory is very near Gruyere. Tours are offered in many different languages.  While waiting for the English tour, we looked through the store at all the boxes and bags of chocolates.  So our mouths were already … Continue reading

Gruyères Castle, Switzerland

Gruyères Castle, Switzerland Written by Dave:  While we were waiting for our new engine to arrive, we decided to take a weekend trip up to the town of Gruyères to visit the Castle.  As it turned out, our timing was quite fortunate.  This has frequently happened to us, where without planning, we arrive at a place just in time for … Continue reading

How to start a blog

Yesterday was the one year anniversary of our very first blog post.  I remember being nervous, excited, and clueless.  Now, I love it.  I used to struggle with technical things on the theme, what to write, how to add plugins, etc.  But I have to admit that I have learned a lot.  Also, because of the blog, I take more … Continue reading

Gruyères Switzerland

Views of Gruyères Up the hill from the Gruyères Cheese Factory is the little town of Gruyères.  In the photo below you can see the hill and the Gruyères Castle. The cobblestone streets in town lead up to the castle.  There are several parking areas lower down on the hill, because the town itself is pedestrian only. Walking around this … Continue reading

Gruyère Switzerland Cheese Factory

Ripening the Gruyère Cheese

Gruyère Switzerland Cheese Factory La Maison du Gruyère Written by Dave:  While waiting for our camper to be fixed, one of the things we knew we needed to do was visit Gruyère and the cheese factory.  Parking can be a bit tricky in this small village, but luckily we were in our borrowed car.  Earlier in the morning, parking is … Continue reading

Breakdown, takedown, the engine is busted!

We were driving up a mountain in Switzerland heading toward the chocolate factory, and happily enjoying the beautiful view.  Then a car passes us and honks.  Dave checks the gages which are fine, and I look out the side mirror and notice dark exhaust.  So Dave pulls over and just then the engine dies.  Oh, no!  Dave looks at me … Continue reading

Yvoire village, France

We spent the last several days with our extended family, visiting Lake Geneva and beautiful medieval Yvoire village. The town of Yvoire is over 700 years old.  Evidence of the past is still seen in the gateways and castle. The village has been recognized for its floral decorations.  And as you can see from the photo above, it is a … Continue reading

Annecy France

The lake in Annecy France is just breathtaking with the mountains in the background.  We had a beautiful day and enjoyed some time in the water before exploring the old town with our niece, Roxane.  The water was quite brisk, but with the warm air it could be tolerated for short durations. If you are ever in the the eastern … Continue reading