Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Charlie and the Swiss chocolate factory

Work in the Alps is going very well. The project is pretty much there and it’s been a brilliant experience. Just one week to go!

On Sunday we got another opportunity to have a day off… so we woke to to find the wonderful view from our hotel room….


…had vanished and been replaced with a thick layer of snow and cloud. So what do you do when outside isn’t really an option? Well I had a good idea… chocolate factory anyone? :P

But more on that later. After the chocolate factory we went for a bit of a drive and accidentally ended up in Italy! How embarrassing :S It’s actually shockingly easy since there is a small bridge only 20 minutes drive from our hotel and it takes you straight there. We got some great snowy views from “the other side”:


After our minor excursion, we did the only other thing any salient tourist would do on a foggy day: go up the nearest mountain! Back up to the top of Mont Bré (which is the same place we went to a couple weeks before on the FUNicular railway…) however, this time the view was … different.


And for completeness here is the same photo of Xav and I “senza vista e con la barba


So that rounded off the day nicely :) But back to the matter at hand, which is always chocolate.

We went to Alprose, a chocolate factory in Lugano which makes some pretty good Swiss chocolate it has to be said. And no chocolate visit is complete without buying a few “samples” to “take home”:

I see it as an investment in my future :D


I may have to leave behind all my clothes, but I think it’s a worthy sacrifice.


And on that Chocólately bombshell, I shall say auf wiedersehen chow grazie mille

  • Happiness. 8 out of 10 (seeing my sister soon!!!!!!)
  • Tiredness. 3 out of 5
  • Free Time. 0.5 out of 5
  • Last Meal. Piadina tonno con maionese
  • Song of the day. Misheard Lyrics: Oh Four Tuna
  • Thought for the day. Movember is almost over :( but I like my moustache :(
  • What I’m Doing Now. Collating cultural learnings of Switzerland for make benefit glorious nation of UK


Dad said...

I wonder what the regulations are for importing chocolate into the EU?
Surely that's more than 'for personal use'

Charles said...

according to HMRC, the offical limit for items other than tobacco and alcohol is €400, which is way more than i've spent :D :D

My hand baggage allowance on the other hand is only 8kg.... and i have 8kg of chocolate alone. This could be interesting....

I may end up stuffing my face with chocolate at duty free haha