To Switzerland for Fondue
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We met as agreed at 10:00, skipped breakfast, and headed towards Switzerland. I had chosen Gruyères as a destination & Karl readily agreed. Gruyères is an old walled city set on a hilltop & it's fantastic. Unfortunately, it's a popular tourist spot and, this being Sunday, it was a bit crowded. Fortunately, it was about 4:00 by the time we arrived so the crowds were dying. (By the way, be sure to check out their interactive webcam!)
After a walk around town and a visit to the chateau, we had fondue on the terrace at "Le Chalet".
We initially figured we'd look elsewhere for lodging and drove as far as Charmey but, finding nothing, we returned to Gruyères and took the last 2 rooms at "Hostellerie des Chevaliers" just outside the city walls. After getting settled, we walked back into the walled city for strawberries and Gruyères cream for dessert at "Café-Restaurant des Ramparts". One problem with this town is the price; our simple dinner & dessert cost as much as our infinitely more elegant dinner of the previous night. Nonetheless, it was a great evening! After dessert, the girls headed back but Earl & I wandered around town taking pictures.