Sunday, June 5, 2011

Switzerland's Chocolate train

"Never mind about 1066 William the Conqueror, 1087 William the Second. Such things are not going to affect one's life ... but 1932 the Mars Bar and 1936 Maltesers and 1937 the Kit Kat - these dates are milestones in history and should be seared into the memory of every child in the country."
Roald Dahl

Well, given the response my last chocolate post received about Karl Lagerfeld's chocolate hotel room I have more good news to share.

Living in the country of chocolate, you should not miss the Chocolate train. It runs from Montreux to the Gruyère region from where the excellent quality Cailler chocolate and naturally, Gruyere cheese come from!

Travelling in exclusive 1st class “Belle Epoque Pullman” deluxe carriages just as in 1915 is a unique excitement. You'll visit the picturesque Gruyères village and discover how Gruyere cheese is made at the demonstration cheese dairy. In Broc, a tour is offered together with a film and a tasting to see how chocolate is made at the Cailler factory.

The Chocolate train runs every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from May to October and every day in July and August. Reservations are compulsory and can be made at Montreux train station or at your travel agency. The package includes coffee and croissant on the train, bus transfers and a tour of the Gruyères castle, as well as visits to the demonstration cheese dairy and the chocolate factory.

The train then returns to Montreux, a pleasant resort town on Lac Léman where you can also visit the Castle of Chillon.

How about that for a day's outing with the kids if you happen to be in that part of the world? Couldn't think of anythink yummier myself!

When: The Chocolate Train leaves Montreux at 9:35 a.m. and returns at 5:52 p.m.
Reservation: Rail Center GoldenPass Services, Tel. 0900 245 245 or +41 840 245 245
When making reservations, specify whether you'd like to sit in a restored 1915 vintage Pullman car or a modern "panorama car" with oversize windows.


Anonymous said...

That sounds heavenly! I read your About the Author and was just absolutely fascinated by the globe trotting you've done over the course of your life.
Not just traveling, but living in so many diverse places must give one so much perspective and such a wider view of the world. You must also be very adaptable, and I admire that.
So interesting!

Expat with Kids said...

Well, thank you for the lovely compliment. Admittedly my family is very adaptable and flexible, however, we do miss having some solid roots. But as you say: "Our sometimes successful quest to have it all" at times seems to work and others not. That's life and we love it that way.

Anonymous said...

Hey can you please tell me if I can use your chocolate train picture as an inspiration for my art project? Thanks.

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