Considering my family lives in different parts of the world getting our schedules to align so we could take a family trip has always been a challenge. This year, we finally decided and managed to plan a quick trip to Switzerland in August.
My parents and sister flew in a couple of days before I did due to work issues.
We were staying at a small little hotel right before the border between France and Switzerland, so technically we were staying in France.
Now considering this trip was super short, we needed to prioritise what we wanted to do. Day one led to us taking a train trip to Broc, where the famous Cailler Chocolate Factory of Nestle was located. The train journey was about 5 hours long and passed by some beautiful scenery. The mountains were green, the flowers so coluorful and vibrant, the houses and cottages made of wood with slanting roofs; it all seemed to be right out of a painting! The mist that rolled all over added to the mystical feeling. The weather was cold and damp due to the rains, my dad loved it! The res of us, not so much cause we prefer the heat!
On the way to Broc, the train halted at Gruyeres , where ther was the Cheese Factory. unfortunately we had missed the timings for the tour by a few hours so we were unable to visit the factory as such. But we did manage to sample some delicious types of cheese!
Once you reach Broc, its a slight walk down the valley until you actually get to the Cailler Chocolate factory. The Factory is always crowded with hundreds of tourists so you have to register and book a time to go. We had a couple of hours to kill before our turn on the tour came. I went for a walking to explore the little town of Broc. The air was pure, the mountains were beautiful and green, it seemed like such a fairy tail. Of course there was the constant drizzle
Now, I'm not the biggest fan of chocolate but every one wanted to go so I decided to take one for the team. The tour was absolutely amazing, it began with a blast to the past into the history of how the chocolate factory came to being depicted innovate through simulation rooms. The next part of the tour took us thru the ingredients and quality of the chocolate. there was a belt which showed us the entire process f making the chocolate with free samples at the end! We were even given a glimpse into the real factory where the chocolates were produced on large scale. The high light of the tour was right at the end where we got to sample numerous amounts of chocolates! I don't like chocolate but i still ended up stuffing my face! A chocolate lover's paradise if I may say! My dad and sister were giddy with the amount of chocolate they consumed!
On day 2 we spent just roaming and exploring Geneva . The Jet de 'leau was absolutely magnificent to look at. The highlight of my day was getting to thee the headquarters of the United Nations.
The streets of Geneva are beautiful and it was amazing to walk down the cobblestones and just stare at all the buildings around. I even visited a small church, simple stones on the outside but so rich with paintings and stained glass on the inside.
Despite not having seen too much of Switzerland, I really enjoyed the short stay and everything I saw. Definitely coming back again!