Monday, May 11, 2009
When I was in Switzerland last week, I was able to tour a couple Appenzeller factories and a large affinage facility where they mature Appenzeller and other Swiss type cheeses. When I wasn't touring cheese factories, I was out in the Alps and visiting local villages and cities. After my stay in Switzerland, I made my way up to Germany were I met up with one of my old roommates, Daniel, who is from Germany. We drove to the city of Zittau, located in Eastern Germany near the border of the Poland and the Czech Republic. My family immigrated from the Zittau area. After spending two days in Eastern Germany, we drove back to his house in Bocholt, near the boarder of Holland. I spent a day there touring some farms and sightseeing. From there, I took the train to Bolvarie to do some sightseeing and visit a friend of mine. I only have few days left of this amazing trip until I need to fly back home.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday morning I took the train to Newton St. Cyres in southwestern England, close to the city of Exter. In Newton St. Cyres, I spent three day at Quickes Traditional, makers of traditional Bandage Cheddar from the milk of their 500 cow herd. The Quickes family has been farming in Newton St. Cyres for over 450 years. Twenty-five years ago, Sir John Quickes built the dairy, where his daughter Mary continues to manage the dairy. After three days of helping in the cheese factory and aging rooms, I headed by train to Dover, England, where I took the ferry to Calais, Frances to spend the night. On Friday I boarded the train to my friend Walter’s house in Bischofzell, Switzerland.