Monday, September 19, 2011

cheese. chocolate. castles. : Gruyeres, Switzerland

A lot of people ask us where they should stop while in Switzerland.
Well, Gruyeres is now definitely on that list if you want an authentically swiss place.
and oh so cute!
Then we headed to the Gruyeres Castle!
This teeny tiny village is home to HR Giger who wrote the Alien movies.
He's got a museum there  {we didn't go }and a little bar/cafe { we had  cappuccinos }.
then we made a stop to the callier house.
it was like willy wonka for me.
As soon as you walk in you are hit with the smell of sweet chocolate, you go through a little ride showing the history of chocolate, you see the chocolate being made, and THEN  you enter the room where you can eat as much swiss chocolate. as you want {!!!}
If they had given me a big glass of milk, I might still be there.
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One of my favorite stories about a trip JB took with his high school to Europe has to do with this chocolate factory.  The night before him and his friends had a little too much fun.  Everyone missed breakfast.  They had to drive straight through to get to their reserved time at this chocolate factory.  So no  breakfast or lunch.  They had an even more intense experience than we did as the Callier people just kept bringing trays and trays of chocolate to them.  JB could not stop!  Of course for the first thirty minutes while they were on the bus heading toward the south of france they were all giddy.  Then the stomach aches started.  JB said he was miserable with a sore tummy the rest of the day.  
Needless to say, I made sure we had full bellies before attemping the Callier House.
and then we went to Fribourg  ... (:

44 comments:

  1. all you can eat swiss chocolate.

    that is my dream.

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  2. Sounds soooo good! And that garden?!? Breath-taking!

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  3. LOVE these!! Can't wait to see you soon!! xox

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  4. Sounds awesome. This little place looks like something in the movies! And all you can eat chocolate? Sign me up....this place is now definitely on my travel list!

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  5. All you can eat swiss chocolate? Yes, please! :)

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  6. I'm not a big chocolate person (I realize I'm in the minority here!) but the fact that it's all you can eat may change my mind. The frugal part of me would be..eat up, it's here for you!!

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  7. Yep. I need to go there.
    and I know I say this all the time, but seriously, you are so gorgeous! :)

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  8. ohhh.my.

    Sarah, you're making me drool!! do you know that it's hard for me to even go a day without choco? and same goes for cam with cheese. i think if we could ever meet up with you guys anywhere we might pick there...

    your pictures and especially YOU are just so beautiful.

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  9. that's how i was in the zotter chocolate factory in austria. which reminds me, i need to go back there one of these days...

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  10. Oh my, these pictures are so amazing. I hope you had a wonderful time!

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  11. Cheese AND chocolate? This is a post after my own heart. xo

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  12. If this isn't the cutest town in the entire world, I don't know what is!! :)

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  13. Oh my goodness! Cheese, chocolate and castles - some of my favorite things! This place is going on the list of places to visit. Beautiful photos as always :)

    PS - We just had Gruyere grilled cheese last night! Mifroma Swiss brand - maybe you've heard of it?!

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  14. Did you say all you can eat chocolate?! Heaven!

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  15. I am in love with this post. I have always wanted to travel there!!

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  16. I big chunk of my heritage is Swiss. Looks beautiful there - I hope to make it out someday :)

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  17. Wow you had me at your title. So many things to love.... and those mint green curvy shutters with the flowers... brilliant! Why isn't it more like that here in the Sates?

    - Sarah
    http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/

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  18. Goodness! What gorgeous pictures! It must be so incredible to be able to travel like that. I love the other pictures and posts on your blog. I'm not very well traveled and so hope my husband and I can travel more in the future. We just purchased a house so it will probably be awhile before the real traveling can happen :)

    I love your blog and will be following for sure. Have a wonderful day!

    http://mplusbdiaries.blogspot.com/

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  19. gosh your life makes me swoon.

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  20. Oh wow. This place looks fabulous!!! xx


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  21. Looks like a blast! Pictures are amazing, romantic and dreamy - thanks for taking me with you via your images... xoxo from Trinidad

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  22. These pictures are so beautiful ~ super jealous of all your travels! Looks like a blast!

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  23. I can't get over how beautiful Switzerland looks!! Your pictures are AMAZING. Now I some Swiss chocolate :)

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  24. Wow. It looks so amazing! Beautiful pictures!

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  25. Ahhh...chocolate!! YUM! And seriously. I have to go here someday. I think it's important...for my career? Maybe that will help convince my mama I need to go (: Too many pretty places to see!

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  26. please tell me when you go to the top of that courtyard you sang "the hills are alive with the sound of music"....and then ate cheese and chocolate....b/c that would be amazing! :)

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  27. ahhhh, that castle!! the pictures are absolutely breathtaking, and i'm sure they don't even do it justice!! love your braids, sadie braidies ;) adorbs. and all you can eat chocolate?? heaven on earth!! xoxo

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  28. Just found your blog the other day and wanted to say hello to a fellow expat! I'm located in Spain and have only been to Zurich, but am just dying to get back to Switzerland--so beautiful! Looking forward to reading more from you!

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  29. Oh, I am a HUGE cheese lover and would love to visit that place! And your photos are amazing!

    ~ Angela
    grahamandangela.blogspot.com

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  30. Wonderful pictures, Sarah! I LOVE Gruyere! Here are the links to my blogs about my visit there if you want to check them out....love that it's such a small blogging world that we both went there!

    http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com/2009/12/throwback-thursday-chocolat-et-formage.html

    http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com/2009/12/chocolat-et-formage-part-2.html

    ~Tiffany
    http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

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  31. STUNNING pictures (per usual) :-) I'm drooling over that chocolate!

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  32. never have i been more jealous of you than today.

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  33. all you can eat chocolate!?! that is amazing! xx

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  34. I CAN'T believe I didn't know about the cailler factory! Definately on my to-do list now :)

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  35. Hi Sarah!
    Stunning photos, as always :) And that trip to the chocolate factory sounds so perfect... your trip, that is, not poor JB's first trip! And I mean you HAVE to eat the chocolate since they're offering it to you. To decline would be SO rude, right? ;)

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  36. Gorgeous pictures!! Makes me feel like I am right there with you! Beautiful place.

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  37. i remember pulling into Switzerland train station from italy and it was the most beautiful thing i had ever seen. italy (florence) is beautiful but quite dirty. switerzald was literally a breathe of fresh air. i want to go back!!

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  38. No way! (all you can eat chocolate!!!? I would definitely do the same as JB haha, how could anyone control themselves?!)
    These photos are beautiful! They don't even look real! Sometimes I see photos (and it often happens when visiting YOUR blog) and I just can't believe that these places even exist. beautiful , beautiful , beautiful!

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  39. It's like a magical fairytale land!! Cheese AND chocolate AND a castle!? Yes please.

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  40. Switzerland is too awesome all around. It's really not fair to so many other countries. Gotta love the place!

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