The Adventures of Rafal and Jacqueline Rudzinski
Baby Rudzinski’s First International Adventure
June 19, 2017
Day 7: We woke up early to catch an Uber to the train station. We got fresh squeezed orange juice, a latte macchiato, and some vanilla pastries for breakfast. We had a one hour ride back to Montreux where we transferred to the chocolate train.
We had separate seats because we booked too late to get ones near each other, but we were in the panoramic car
The tour train comes with breakfast croissant that was filled with chocolate Nutella and hazelnuts and choice of hot chocolate, chocolate milk, coffee or tea. According to our booklet, on average, every Swiss person eats about 12kg (~25lbs) of chocolate a year 😳😳😳
Our first stop was Gruyères where we visited the Gruyères Cheese factory. We had a cute little tour of how cheese is made and got samples. Of some of the aged cheeses.
The first portion of the tour allowed you a chance to smell some of the local flowers, herbs and spices through these whiffing tubes (?). It was also describing the amount of food and water cows need to produce enough milk.
The next segment was how the cheese is processed: it’s a longish process so I won’t bore you with the details, but I did take a picture of some of the process:
The finished product are these beautiful rounds of Gruyères cheese 👅🧀😋
We have the happy cows to thank!
And I even did some vet work while here!
The cellar where many rounds of Gruyères cheese is stored:
Rafał wasn’t too entertained by sticking his head in this picture, so just a face to a Swiss milkmaid:
Once we had finished our tour of the factory, we had some free time to explore the village of Gruyères. It’s a small medieval village, and it’s castle, built in the 13th century has since been turned into a museum overlooking the countryside.
There is a beautiful garden in the back area:
We headed in to a short video about the castle, it was actually very interesting/entertaining, lots of light and sound effects with an odd little narrator man. After the video we made our way into the castle.
The first room was the kitchen area, all fire-stoked appliances (oven and stove)
Fancy furniture sets available at an IKEA near you:
Mummy hand that has many different fabled origins… and still to this day, kind of remains a mystery…
Tiny beds, probably no more than 5ft long and 3ft wide?
Beautiful stained-glass windows
The view of the garden from upstairs:
I really liked the color in the music room!
Made it to the to the top of the castle!
We had 50 min left to get some lunch. We planned on getting fondue tonight so we went for something different.
I ordered the Croûte au fromage with ham, which was bread with ham, topped with Gruyères cheese:
Rafał ordered the Gruyères platter of meats and cheeses:
We also got raspberries with double creme - The creme wasn’t sweet and tasted like heavy milk… it wasn’t bad, but was not what we expected.
After we stuffed our faces quickly, we had time for a baby photo before getting on the bus:
Our next stop, the Cailler Chocolate factory!
We had a fun little tour to start, going back to the origins of chocolate in South America, how it made its way to Europe, was forbidden for women to eat (dafuq?) and ultimately how Cailler became established. Cailler actually is teamed up with Nestle (was a means of avoiding bankruptcy during the French Revolution). Cailler is the oldest chocolate factory in Switzerland. Switzerland is one of the few chocolate producing countries that still uses real milk in their milk chocolate, where most others use milk powder.
After going through the walking tour, we were able to try the chocolates at the end. And yes, it was all you can eat. I’m not a huge sweets person (normally Rafał is, but he threw in the towel first) but damn it, I was getting my tours worth of chocolates!
After eating all the chocolates almost twice, we went and spent all our money on chocolates.
We made our way to the chocolate train to head back home. Our train broke down once or twice, but our tour guides were great, and esp because I am pregnant, they kept checking in on me to make sure I didn’t need anything.
We arrived back in Genèva and went to eat *more* cheese for dinner, since we hadn’t done that yet. Fondue is usually a winter meal, but places will still sell/serve for us tourists. Filip picked us up and we met up with Rafałs other cousin, Kasia.
We started the meal with cured meat, which in theory I’m not supposed to eat… oops. It was delicious and it has been hours and I am still doing ok, so I think we will be ok. The beef also came with pickles and pickled onions, and bread.
We then ordered a tomato fondue, that is served with potatoes AND bread. The fondue was not as thick and rich as the traditional fondue (which was perfect considering how much cheese and chocolate I had already eaten today).
Pardon the awful picture of my sweating preggo face, just enjoy the fondue and potatoes, as the humidity Has not been nice to me
We surprisingly finished off the pot and all the fixings.
A guy we met in Japan, Bat, now our friend, (he is in previous posts from Japan) lives in Genèva and wanted to meet up to hang out for a little bit. We hung out by the lake, caught the view of the Jet d’Eau, a safety release for the hydraulic pumping station developed in 1886. The jet shoots nearly 500ft of water in the air.
Tomorrow, we leave for Poland, which I am really excited for! It was a long day of heat and gluttony. 😩
Until then, time to pass out!