Travel guide for a Chocoholic

Some of us belong to this one clan. A clan which shares a common weakness and strength. We call ourselves the Chocoholics. Our one weakness and strength is the all mighty Chocolate. It makes us go weak in the knees and also lifts us up when we are low. Sometimes we face a tricky situation, in pursuit of our one goal. Where shall we go so that we may be able to experience the magic of chocolate fully?

Well, once you have been through this list here, you’d already be packing your bags.

Here we go!

 

  • Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA

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So, when a city is not actually a city, but a model town for the workers of a chocolate factory, you’ve got to know that’s epic! The complete family entertainment hangout includes fabulous rides where your kids can frolic, while you treat yourself to the chocolate spa. Realising everyone’s dream to visit the world created by Willy Wonka, Hershey’s Chocolate World lets you see how chocolate is made, taste what you like and even make your own candy! Basically, if you are a chocoholic, your paradise would pretty much look like the Hersheypark, with its official Hershey resort where you can live all your chocolate fantasies and more! The ‘Sweetest place on Earth’ indeed!

 

  • Brussels, Belgium

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Did you know that the Belgian Post Office has issued five stamps that smell and taste like chocolate? Now a county that is THAT crazy about its national delicacy, deserves to make it to your list, doesn’t it? Head to the ‘Chocolate capital of the World’ where you can take a guided chocolate tour at the La Maison Chocolat or attend a chocolate making class with one of Belgium’s master chocolatiers. Oh and did you know… Brussels is filled with chocolate shops and has more chocolatiers per square foot than any other city across the globe? So join the Belgians and your sweet tooth to celebrate the festival that is chocolate!

 

  • Kilchberg and Zurich, Switzerland

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Kilchberg houses the factory of Lindt, one of the most well known chocolate brands of the world. You could take a tour of the factory and see chocolate being made and packaged and afterwards go through the street stores for great discounts on chocolates! If you are a milk chocolate fanatic, then there isn’t a better place than Zurich, it being the birthplace of milk chocolates. Here, you can visit Bahnhofstrasse for a fabulous adventure, where you can find some of the best chocolatiers of the world alongside brands like Chanel, Armani and the like! You could also stroll the streets of Zurich for the smaller but equally fabulous chocolate shops.

 

  • Cologne, Germany

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Cologne offers not only chocolate for your taste buds, but is the place you need to visit if you want  to know chocolate in all its glory! Flanked by the Rhine riverside, sits the Imhoff-Stollwerck Museum, or, locally known as, The Chocolate Museum of Cologne. Starting as an exhibit to celebrate 150 years of Stollwerck Chocolate, its immense popularity made the owners convert it to a museum, depicting the journey of chocolate from cultivation of the cacao plant to the finished product. The museum also houses a chocolate fountain and a samples section. Must visit for every chocoholic!

 

  • New York, USA

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You probably didn’t expect to see New York on this list, given that its only known for its posh and swank, but we mean it, if you are forever in love with chocolate, you need to plan a trip to NYC too! The city is home to chocolatiers from all over the world, with an array of tastes and styles to choose from. One of the coolest things to do here is to take the New York City Luxury Chocolate Tour, where you will be able to taste samples from some of the finest shops around the city and get to know the history of some of the most famous chocolate establishments of the world. Also, DO NOT miss the Jacques Torres Chocolat, cause every item on their delectable menu is a must try!

  • Tabasco and Oaxaca, Mexico

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The air in Oaxaca is intoxicated with the smell of the perfect hot chocolate wafting wherever you go! This is THE place to go to for a hot chocolate. Head to Mina ‘Sweet’ street and get drunk on this heavenly blend of pure perfection. Another chocolate attraction in Mexico is Tabasco, where you will find a large assortment of styles and tastes of chocolate. You could also take a guided tour of the cocoa farms and watch chocolate being made. The uniqueness of this region’s chocolate is that recipes of chocolate are traditional as they are sacred, passed down from generation to generation and often guarded as a cherished secret! Isn’t that sweet?

 

  • Barcelona, Spain

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Home of the first ever chocolate making machine, the Spanish love affair with chocolate is a rumour we have all heard. Well, guess what, this love affair is for all to indulge in! Visit the city of Barcelona, for some of the finest experiments chocolate has ever undergone. Their Churros and chocolate will leave you craving for more and so will the absolute cracker of their chocolate croissant! If you would like to taste more, head to Cacao Sampaka for their lip smacking sweet and spicy hot chocolate. You won’t be disappointed.

 

  • Paris, France

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Okay first things first, if you are reading this and are a chocoholic, book your tickets to Paris this October because 2015 is the year for the world’s largest consumer chocolate show, held in conjunction with the World Chocolate Master Championships! This is something that you must experience with the rest of you family and fellow chocoholics. Right then, getting to Paris, which is a haven for chocolate lovers. The city is famous for its Dark Magic, and you will find countless chocolatiers and pretty chocolate boutiques that deal magnificently with dark chocolate, using high quality ingredients and original recipes. Treat yourself to the most indulgent chocolates here in the City of Love.

 

  • St. Lucia

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Surprising as it may seem, St. Lucia is indeed one of the lesser known attractions for chocolate aficionados, housing some of the most decadent chocolate resorts and hotels. Some hotels even have a specialised chocolate cuisine which is designed to give you a taste of chocolate from all over the world. St. Lucia may have many other reasons to draw you to it, but chocolate is a top choice.

 

  • London, England

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London is one of the more commonly known chocolate attractions of the world and rightfully so, although when here, we would rather look than gobble. The land of the Old Smoke is brimming with a sprinkling of chocolatiers that excel at creating art out of the delicacy. Some of the most sought after chocolates boutiques are the Paul A Young, Rococo and Hotel Chocolat, where you will find chocolatiers forgoing slightly older methods of tempering chocolate with chemicals and artificial ingredients and using fresh, local produce to balance and bring out some of the most wondrous flavours in chocolate.

 

  • Tuscany, Italy

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What most people do not know about the extremely picturesque Tuscany is that other than its fabulous wines, it’s a must visit for any chocolate enthusiast. What with its tiny chocolate gourmets dotting the countryside and some of the most fantastic walk through tours where you can sample and delight in the locally produced chocolate that will leave you craving for more. Do not miss the Slitti, located in the spa resort of Monsummano Terme and Amedei in the tiny hamlet of Cascina.

 

Right then, we know you need to leave for one of these places straight away, but take a few minutes and go through our website, where you can pre-order wonderfully decadent chocolates from the Swiss and Belgian masters, so that they may keep you company all through your time away! Go here and take a dekko.

Plan your dream trip this Miraculous May

The spirited and serene May is here bringing with it reasons galore to lighten your heart and mind. This is by far, the best period of the year for travel. But there are so many places to choose from, so many hobbies and cravings to satiate. What must you do? Where must you go? We are going to put a stop to your endless dilemma and give you a list of spectacular and entirely irresistible events and places you can go to and spend the month well.

 Here we go…

 

May 9th: Venice Biennale, Italy

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A festival celebrating and showcasing a huge variety of contemporary art.  It has a plethora of nations participating and can easily be declared as the best Biennale worldwide. The already rich cultural and literary heritage of Venice is complemented at this festival with the greats from all contemporary art forms like cinema, theatre, dance and architecture congregating to give you one of the most enriching weekends you could hope to spend. This is an event every lover of contemporary art must visit. Book your passes soon!

 

May 10th:  The Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona

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For all those F1 freaks out there, the Spanish Grand Prix is here! One of the oldest and most revered of the F1 races, the Spanish Grand Prix takes place in the beautiful city of Barcelona. The city is flocked by thousands of fans who revere the sport and come down to see their idols in the flesh. This is truly worth a visit because here, it’s not just a race, it is a tradition. Another plus point is that once you are here, you can enjoy the myriad joys that the culturally rich city has to offer. Don’t forget to mark your calendar.

 

May 13th: Cannes International Film Festival, France

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Something that you would want to witness at least once is the Cannes Film Festival. So, why not now, when you can? The annual spectacle is the world’s most famous film festival and is an invitation only gala. But you can visit the beautiful city of Cannes at this time of the year since the spirit of the festival is in the air itself. Catch a glimpse of your favourite actors and learn what films are worth a watch, Indian or foreign. The festival also screens documentaries and includes submissions from every possible genre, making it the world’s updated archive of the most celebrated talkies.

May 14th: Noosa International Food and Wine festival, Australia

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Drawing the creme de la creme of the food and wine industry, this festival celebrates food the old school way. Visit for the time of your life, surrounded by food fanatics from every corner of the planet. You can attend wine master classes, food guide throughs, tastings and more, all while also enjoying the captivating beauty of the serene Shire of Noosa, which offers an array of pleasure sports as well as a quiet walk down a cool beach during the sunset, if you are in the mood for it. Calm your senses with the serenity while you treat your palate to the world’s greatest cuisines. What more can anyone wish for? Get packing!

May 15th: Manhattan Cocktail Classic, New York

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Head to the most decadent and mighty celebration of the phenomenon that is a cocktail. This gala affords the participants an excuse to let go of all control and to lose themselves in the plethora of events weaving around the hero of the show. There are tastings, soirees, dinner parties, mixology classes, lectures and more. This is not just a festival. It’s a celebration par excellence. Visit to feed your thirst for knowledge about the cocktails as well as for trying out some of the most amazing cocktails you could come across. The gala attracts some of the most renowned names from the world of liquor. The one thing that is common between the participants is the boundless love that they hold for the Cocktail. You deserve to be there.

May 25th: Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling, England

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This totally bonkers event is nothing but an excuse to celebrate life. As the name suggests, the event is a contest that involves a rind of cheese being hurled from the Cooper’s hill top, after which hundreds of participants of diverse nationalities lunge. The one that finally manages to get hold of the cheese at the bottom of the Hill is declared the winner. This contest is much much more fun than it sound like. For one, you could actually participate and enjoy the sheer thrill of running down the slope of a hill after a rind of cheese! Or… you could simply stand at the sides and watch in awe as countless people let go of all inhibitions and give in to the chase! Either way, if you are there, this is fun unparalleled.

 

May 28th: White Nights, Russia

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A festival during the nights of the midnight sky, this is designed to make you fall in love. The Russians put up an unparalleled show of arts, classic ballet, opera, music, comedy, fireworks and  is sprinkled with international stars of worldwide acclaim enthralling the audience with their impeccable performing skills. All these visual treats and more are performed  against a day lit sky, no matter the time, making it an incredibly memorable experience. Some say this is THE place to fall in love, with yourself, nature, arts and the world. Visit with all those you hold most dear. You won’t want anyone to miss this!

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