Chocolate and Cheese

Eating raclettes gave us a desire to try more cheese, so on Saturday Irina took us to the town of Gruyere, where Gruyere cheese is originally from. Here we visited Maison Gruyere where we saw cheese being made, got to sample cheese, and learned about the history of cheese in the area.



Watching the cheese being made


At the Maison Gruyere


We then took a train to the nearby town of  Broc and went to the Maison Cailler chocolate factory. We did a tour of the factory (which included learning about the history of chocolate) and then watched chocolate being put into wrappers. Here you could take a couple of wrapped chocolates, and so of course we thought that this was our free sample.  Imagine our surprise and delight to enter the real tasting room, with more than 20 different kinds of chocolates. You could literally try as many chocolates as you wanted here…some of us may have tried a fairly large number!  This was amazing – Swiss chocolate is so good and we loved our sampling.



Just some of the many chocolates to try!
Just some of the many chocolates to try!


Sweet goodness
Sweet goodness

On Sunday Irina and her sister Selina took us to Lucerne. They assured us that on a clear day you can see the mountains around the town, but I am unable to confirm this.  We had a great time with them, strolling around the old town, over the old bridge called Kapellbrucke and teaching Selina and Irina about jumping photos.





Paintings inside the Kapellbrucke


Karen, Selina, Julie and Irina on the Kapellbrucke
Karen, Selina, Julie and Irina on the Kapellbrucke



Jumping by the Kapellbrucke


Jumping in Lucerne


Reubs found a cow with a bell for Lynette


The Lion of Lucerne
Irina and Selina at the Lion of Lucerne


We went to see the Lion of Lucerne and to the glacier garden, where remains of a former glacier are.  We had a fantastic time playing in the Hall of Mirrors here – this was originally made for a world fair.  After we finished here, we went to Kambly, a factory where they make biscuits and snack foods and where you can once again sample as much as you like. Another delightful afternoon of gorging ourselves!


Remains of the glacier


Karen in the hall of mirrors


Irina and Selina playing with mirrors
Irina and Selina playing with mirrors


Getting lost in the Hall of Mirrors


Jumping for joy after Kambly
Karen, Selina, Irina and Reubs after Kambly


Kambly train!
Kambly train!


We got to see Irina’s whole family again the next night, when we went to Elisabeth and Camille’s and had fondue. Swiss fondue was the best cheese fondue I had ever had – Reuben even got to help make it.  We had it with bread and potatoes to dip, as well as Kirsch, a cherry flavoured liquor which you dip the bread in first – it certainly gives the fondue a kick!


Camille supervises the work
Camille supervises the work


Elisabeth makes sure Reuben is doing it right


The delicious result!



8 Comments Add yours

  1. Rachael says:

    yum, jealous of this most. I can confirm that are mountains above Lucerne as I am pretty sure that’s where we stayed… but we have photos of the lake with mountains around it 🙂


  2. murray says:

    Cheese fondue. Mmmm…


  3. hayley says:

    Want to visit the chocolate place!!!


  4. Kate says:

    Lol, looks a bit more exciting than the Cadbury factory!


  5. Monica Drefs says:

    I’m trying to deduce what you gave up for lent …. either my powers of deduction are rusty or you’ve given up vegetables & paid employment; new heights of holiness my friend ;o)


    1. Karen Olson says:

      Paid employment all the way!! x


  6. Mum Bunn says:

    Such wonderful days! Your photos and text capture it perfectly. The Swiss really know how to do cheese and chocolate. And now some Swiss know jumping!


  7. Lynette Olson says:

    I’m so glad you found a cow with a cow bell in Switzerland.


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