Cheese and chocolate.

Old-Town-Fribourg

Old-Town-Fribourg

http://bluelinerhockey.com/travel/switzerland/fribourg/

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The Swiss PTT was having some challenges with broadcast television equipment they bought and installed at their facility in Zurich, Switzerland back in 1986.  As product manager, I flew over from where I was based in California, along with the chief engineer.  We went to several customer site appointments in other locations including Fribourg, Bern and Geneva before taking a train from Fribourg to Zurich for the meetings with the PTT (broadcast network) folks.

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Fribourg

Fribourg

http://www.fribourgtourisme.ch/en/

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Although I have traveled many times before and since, this trip set the standard for local employees taking us under their wing. Although we stayed in small hotels during the ten-day stay, every evening we went with one of the sales people, engineer or manager out to dinner, usually with the host’s family. One kind person invited us into his home for a home-cooked meal.  There were memorable nights including experiencing a local cheese fondue restaurant. On the weekend, another person took us to an all-wild-game restaurant in Bern, and then to explore several historic places afterwards. What a relaxing delight it was to dine, enjoying the conversation as well as the surroundings.

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Fribourg

Fribourg

Founded in 1157 by Duke Berthold IV of Zaehrigen, Fribourg is steeped in 850 years of history and is one of Europe’s most charming and well-preserved medieval cities. This French-German bilingual city and capital of Canton Fribourg is a cultural treasure trove with the St. Nicolas Cathedral and numerous Gothic buildings. As a university city, higher education and the arts intermix with a variety of interesting events. The bridges over the River Sarine that link French to German-speaking Switzerland ensure its multicultural ambiance, which is also found in its many gourmet restaurants.

http://www.pictures-switzerland.com/fribourg/index.htm

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While I stayed in Fribourg, I visited the Cathedral of St. Nicholas a couple of times as well as watched the town’s St. Nicholas parade where St. Nick rides on a white donkey as dark robed, hooded figures walked along beside him. Certainly not the Santa on a fire truck I had seen as a child! It was an early December night and many spectators held small lit candles. It was magic.

The town is incredibly steeped in history. I saw parts of a medieval castle that was now flats (apartments) where the old castle moat was now gardens with all kinds of vegetables and flowers.

The people were so kind and thoughtful wherever I traveled. What a memorable trip that was. That christmas, friends and family all received cheese fondue, chocolate and other Swiss treats.

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