Maison Cailler Chocolate Factory, Broc
Broc, located in the district of Gruyère in the canton of Fribourg, Switzerland is just an hour away from the cheese factory in Gruyère. The slow train ride takes one along the beautiful countryside with much awaited anticipation to see the one and only place, Maison Cailler Chocolate Factory. Oh!! I just crept into my fantasy world the moment I saw the chocolate factory; having imagined myself to be that innocent child who just won the ‘gold coupon’ to enter Willy Wonker’s Chocolate Factory. The thought of entering that dream destination and feasting on unlimited chocolates was mesmerising, indeed.
Huge chocolate bars, Maison Cailler, Broc
The Maison Cailler had an interactive tour guide, one that starts with a gallery showcasing Cailler’s famous packaging graphics from 1898 till present day. This was proceeded by a Willy Wonker style 4-D presentation ending on a very delicious note – a feast on the freshly baked Cailler chocolates. Yummmmm!!!
Chocolate Shop, Maison Cailler, Broc
Nestle Packaging graphics
Gala Peter, Chocolat Au Lait
Bonbons Fins Cailler
Know the chocolate!!
Hot baked chocolates directly from the oven
In 2006, Cailler approached Roman Klis Design, a branding agency to redesign its packaging graphics with a focus on brand’s rich history and traditional values; thus relaunching itself as a premium chocolate brand in the market.
Enjoy the Chocolaty experience!!!
Gruyère, a small medieval picturesque town at the foots of Pre-Alps, known for its famous ‘Gruyère Cheese‘. I arrived at Gruyère after an hour-long journey, a slow train ride along the mountain side with an astounding view of the farms, cliffs, snow and coniferous trees. I have no words to describe the beauty of Switzerland. Every image gets registered in your mind through the lens of your eye. Your camera cannot do justice to this marvellous natural beauty.
- Gruyère Cheese Factory – La Maison Du Gruyère
La Maison du Gruyère, situated right behind Gruyère station is one of the culinary landmark of Switzerland. The ‘Gruyère Cheese’ has its own unique ‘geographical indication‘ and La Maison du Gruyère demonstrates the great ‘cheese-making‘ history of this place.
Inside La Maison Du Gruyère - History of Gruyère Cheese
Traditional methods of Cheese Making
Modern machines for churning Cheese
Cheese kept for setting
Cheese Storage Area
Cheese on display at La Maison du Gruyère
I guess that’s enough Cheese for today!!! Moving on, I took a walk along this beautiful countryside making my way to the 13th century medieval castle situated on the hill-side. The ‘Gruyère Castle’ hosts great restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops and a museum.
Way to the Gruyère Castle
View of the town from Gruyère Castle
Inside the Gruyère Castle
Inside the Gruyère Castle
Inside the Gruyère Castle and more
View of the Alps from Gruyère Castle
View of the Monastery and Cemetery from Gruyère Castle
The European food palette is much different from the Indian food palette. But I guess, now one gets Indian food almost everywhere in the world including Amsterdam. The Christmas market had in store a lot of different delicacies for us to taste – right from stroopwaffles, cheery and chocolate waffles to small round waffles with icing sugar and honey. Yummmmmmmmmmm
Crabs and fish
Sea food delicacies
Christmas market, Amsterdam
The Christmas market near Prinsengracht was beautiful with glittering street light decorations. Trees lit with shiny light bulbs, ice skating rinks, ice sculpture, hot gluhwein being served to combat the cold with even better hot pancakes and waffles filling the air with chocolaty aroma. Hmmmmm… its mesmerising. Nutella pancakes are the best.. one just can’t get enough of it.. its addictive…
Ice rink, Amsterdam
Hot pancakes being made
Ice sculpture, Amsterdam
Indian Restaurant, Amsterdam
You just can’t miss an Indian Restaurant in any country. If you are an Indian, you are bound to stumble upon one. Well, on top of it, I also stumbled upon the a Row of Jack Daniel’s billboards, posters, graffiti and obviously bars on Bourbon Street…
Jack Daniel's, Amsterdam
And thanks VINAY.. for some of the amazing eye-catching photographs…
During the summers, I had been to one of these career fairs (Futurising) at Liverpool Street, London. Amidst the chaos of getting part-time jobs and placements, Diesel, one of the sponsors, had set up this amazing ‘BE STUPID CAFE’. Set up in the centre of all those old factory buildings and warehouses, the place which factory workers used as car park was turned into a pop-up shop set up in 70′s theme with fake green lawn, caravan selling pastries, croissants, cold coffees – foldable chairs with big umbrellas where people can relax and read magazines. This was an amazing way to utilise space giving new look to an old setting – kind of takes the whole place back to the bright and pop-coloured 70′s. The colourful and vibrant Diesel Cafe sought the attention of the youngsters prowling the vicinity.
I love the big fringed umbrella, the colourful paper strings attached on the bus and the colourful flower pot as well. Notice the girl relaxing on the foldable chair – long tunic, leggings, curly hair, shades on the eyes and gold-chained bag with gladiator slippers. Like I said, I am being drifted back to the 70′s glam!!!
The colourful indoors of the ‘BE STUPID CAFE’ had beautifully brocaded armchairs where one can have a sip of coffee, read their book or magazine, listen to the amazing music being played and enjoy the Summer!!! To promote Diesel’s latest campaign ‘Be Stupid’, they were giving out freebies – Diesel catalogues, ‘Dazed & Confused’ magazine, ‘Diesel’ cotton bags to brochures!!!
But nevertheless, it was just an absolutely amazing place to spend a relaxed afternoon!!!! (Yawn).. I miss the summers now!!