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!
First Stop – Gruyeres Cheese Factory 
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.
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  … (:

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  • Reply nicole

    all you can eat swiss chocolate.

    that is my dream.

    September 19, 2011 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Heather

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

    September 19, 2011 at 12:03 pm
  • Reply Shannon Kirsten

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

    September 19, 2011 at 12:10 pm
  • Reply 17 Perth

    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!

    September 19, 2011 at 12:28 pm
  • Reply Nicole-Lynn

    All you can eat swiss chocolate? Yes, please! 🙂

    September 19, 2011 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Bree

    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 up, it's here for you!!

    September 19, 2011 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply Candice

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

    September 19, 2011 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply Suz and Allan

    Gorgeous pictures!!!

    September 19, 2011 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Marshall

    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.

    September 19, 2011 at 2:17 pm
  • Reply Jenni Austria Germany

    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…

    September 19, 2011 at 2:24 pm
  • Reply Stephanie

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

    September 19, 2011 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply Jenni @ Story of My Life

    Oh my GOSH, Sarah… so, so, so dreamy. 🙂

    September 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm
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    September 19, 2011 at 3:32 pm
  • Reply Roxanne

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

    September 19, 2011 at 3:35 pm
  • Reply Holly

    If this isn't the cutest town in the entire world, I don't know what is!! 🙂

    September 19, 2011 at 3:48 pm
  • Reply Kelley @ Kelley Maria

    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?!

    September 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm
  • Reply Sara Szatmary

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

    September 19, 2011 at 4:46 pm
  • Reply Eventful Life and Style

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

    September 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm
  • Reply Jessica Wray

    I big chunk of my heritage is Swiss. Looks beautiful there – I hope to make it out someday 🙂

    September 19, 2011 at 5:11 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    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

    September 19, 2011 at 5:16 pm
  • Reply Meredith Paige

    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!

    September 19, 2011 at 6:09 pm
  • Reply Megan

    gosh your life makes me swoon.

    September 19, 2011 at 6:19 pm
  • Reply Vicky

    Oh wow. This place looks fabulous!!! xx

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    September 19, 2011 at 6:20 pm
  • Reply Corey @ Learning Patience

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

    September 19, 2011 at 6:22 pm
  • Reply Amanda

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

    September 19, 2011 at 6:25 pm
  • Reply Ashley

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

    September 19, 2011 at 7:28 pm
  • Reply danica

    Wow. It looks so amazing! Beautiful pictures!

    September 19, 2011 at 7:29 pm
  • Reply Michaela

    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!

    September 19, 2011 at 9:35 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    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! 🙂

    September 19, 2011 at 10:42 pm
  • Reply Emily

    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

    September 19, 2011 at 10:44 pm
  • Reply Christine from

    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!

    September 19, 2011 at 10:46 pm
  • Reply Angela

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

    ~ Angela

    September 20, 2011 at 12:25 am
  • Reply Tiffany

    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!


    September 20, 2011 at 2:34 am
  • Reply JMay

    STUNNING pictures (per usual) 🙂 I'm drooling over that chocolate!

    September 20, 2011 at 2:48 am
  • Reply Ahn

    never have i been more jealous of you than today.

    September 20, 2011 at 4:29 am
  • Reply Victoria

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

    September 20, 2011 at 7:29 am
  • Reply 010

    such a nice place !

    September 20, 2011 at 7:52 am
  • Reply jessiekay

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

    September 20, 2011 at 8:21 am
  • Reply Sara Bentley

    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? 😉

    September 20, 2011 at 10:39 am
  • Reply Pamela

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

    September 20, 2011 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply Nicole Marie

    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!!

    September 20, 2011 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Sonja

    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!

    September 20, 2011 at 1:58 pm
  • Reply Alex

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

    September 20, 2011 at 8:07 pm
  • Reply Alex

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

    September 26, 2011 at 1:07 pm
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