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Swiss Watching: Inside the Land of Milk and Money by Diccon Bewes

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FOURASK THE AUDIENCE

Thick slabs of holey cheese and floury homemade ravioli, stylish bouquets of flowers and air-dried ham, rustic knobbly loaves and fresh-pressed apple juice. All that plus a bountiful array of seasonal fruit and vegetables, plump to the point of bursting. Nearly all the stallholders in Bern’s Saturday market are farmers from the surrounding countryside, who come to sell their goods whatever the weather. It isn’t so different from markets all across Switzerland, except for its memorable location – on the Bundesplatz, or Federal Square, the political epicentre of the country. It would be like setting up stalls in Westminster Square or on the steps of Congress – unthinkable for us, but normal for the Swiss.

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