Chapter 8: Scenic train ride to the chocolate factory

18 December 2013

Finally! We can explore Luzern in daylight!

Even though we have been staying in Luzern for the past 2 nights, we have not had the opportunity to see it in daylight. When we arrived from Milan, it was already dark. We walked around to look for dinner and I could tell that the place was beautiful. I am sure it would be even more beautiful in the day.

We are usually out early in the morning before it gets bright and by the time we arrived back in Luzern it would be dark. Sunset it at 4.30 pm which is why the day seems really short. Anyway, we are ready to explore Luzern, but first, its freezing cold!

Luzern in daylight! I love the lake!

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It was actually freezing cold and I had to wear my cat mittens. The temperature was 2 degrees?

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But still, how can we miss the opportunity to snap our photos in beautiful Luzern?

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We walked on this bridge and excitedly took photos and videos of ourselves. I was pretty sure the locals were amused by us.

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The bridge was nicely designed too! No matter where we stand on the bridge, there was always a beautiful view behind it.

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I love the view of the swans swimming peacefully in the lake despite being in the city.

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Bon wanted to introduced us to history so she brought us to the famous lion monument. Frozen pond below!

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As usual we wanted to look pretty in the photos so we were smiling our prettiest smile when she said that the lion represented something solemn. So here’s a solemn and sad pose for you.

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Stumbled onto a chocolate shop. They made their own chocolates!!! They made it right there, and they were breaking the chocolates into pieces to be sold. Omg, genius! Here is the bestie looking overly excited.

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We continued walking to enjoy the beautiful Luzern. Check out the blue sky, the dried trees and the lake! Oh, and that is Bon taking photos.

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As we walked on, we were still fascinated by the beautiful scenery surrounding us.

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Love is seeing mountain and lake.

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Love is seeing the beautiful lake unaffected by the rising buildings that were build nearby it.

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Love is seeing the reflection of the sun in the lake because the water in the lake is not polluted.

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Love is meeting new friends!

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I love how my new friends walked on the road like a boss!

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Time to hop onto the train again.

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Scenic views throughout the journey.

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It was from greens…..

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To white……..

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The litter of snow made the sceneries magical to me.

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As we sit in the train continued to be awed by the beauty of the places we passed by, how I wish we can pick up snippets of remembrance from every beautiful scenery we saw.

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Or store the views of the places inside our head forever.

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We had to change train to get to the chocolate factory. This train looked like its made in the 50s and we were excited to get on it.

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When we arrived at Chatel S. Denis, we were supposed to move to the front carriages but we did not. Apparently, the front carriages moved on to the chocolate factory while we were still in the unmoved last carriage wondering what was going on. Hahaha.

Actually I was slightly relieved because I had to pee badly and I hated train toilets.

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After a short train ride, we were finally here at this station!

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We are here at the chocolate factory which was walking distance from the train station!

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My bestie the chocolate lover cannot contain her excitement.

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There was actually a tour. We were introduced to the history of chocolate, how it was processed and how it has evolved until today.

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We saw every step of this production line, which mainly uses machines. I wonder if they do that on purpose because if they were to use humans then they might eat some during the production.

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Free chocolates! May we please work here?

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Nothing could prepare me for the last room! It was a tasting room!

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The different packages were nicely displayed.

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Look at the chocolates!! You can taste as many as you want! Omg, am I dreaming?!

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The few chocolates I tasted were delicious but there was no way I can taste them all! There were hundreds of them! Chocolate heaven!

Some visitors had the experience of making their own chocolates! So fun!

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The last room was the shopping room. I wanted to buy all the chocolates there as souvenirs but there was only so much I can carry. Plus we will be travelling to Paris and then back to Zurich so I really do not want additional weight on my luggage.

Took the basket and grabbed as many light chocolate bars as I can. I thought I bought a lot but the bestie must have bought double of what I bought. Lol.

I did not know that the train had a specific leaving time. When Bon said we had 5 minutes to catch the train, we were rushing like mad.

But you silly train, why did you leave exactly on time? How dare you left us when we were running towards you with our bags of chocolates?

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The next train will only leave in an hour! Oh dear, I really thought of going back to buy more chocolates. Hahaha. We were happy with our purchases!

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We wanted to look for a place to sit like a cafe or a restaurant but everything was closed. I was not sure if they were closed because it was getting dark, or they were closed altogether in winter.

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The view is spectacular. Imagine staying here, waking up to this view and living near the chocolate factory. Wow.

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I think I want to stay here when I am old. Its so peaceful, away from the hassles of the city.

We finally got onto the train to Bulle. Bon suggested having our dinner there because there was this awesome pizza restaurant. However, we could not find it and it was starting to get dark.

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In the end we decided to get some food from the supermarket and eat it in the train back to Luzern. I bought an open sandwich which was actually quite delicious.

Today was amazing, I never imagined I would be able to visit a chocolate factory! Wow….thanks Bon for the planning. I really love my experiences in Switzerland so far!