Nov 16, 2009 11:44 AM
Have you ever thought - "ohmygod this chocolate is so good I could bathe in it?" We certainly have but melting a hundred Dove bars in the tub isn't really practical. Fortunately there are alternatives like the chocolate baths and cacao peels at Le Spa Geneve in Switzerland. And the fun does not stop at coco tubs - there is a veritable cornucopia of ways to experience and appreciate chocolate. Here's a list of delicious destinations for those of you seeking a sensory encompassing chocolaty excursion.
1. Oaxaca, Mexico - Eons before Europeans got hip to the chocolate scene the native people of this southern Mexican state were savoring the cacao bean in every sweet, savory, and spicy way imaginable.
2. David Lebovitz Chocolate Walks Paris Tour - With David Lebovitz as your guide you'll experience the intricate and fascinating world of Parsian chocolate as a privileged insider. Each tour itinerary in unique - you may get a private tasting at La Maison du Chocolat or get to visit the laboratories of exclusive chocolatiers.
3. Bruges, Belgium - Wander through the almost absurdly charming, cocoa-scented streets of Bruges and you'll soon understand and appreciate why it is known as "The Chocolate City."
4. Chocolate Cruise - Cruise the Caribbean or Mediterranean in velvety chocolate luxury.
5. Turin, Italy - The nexus of the Italian chocolate industry and home of the "Grand Festival of Chocolate" Turin is a beautiful city that boasts a rich chocolate history.
6. Hershey, PA - From a theme park to a chocolate spa this eponymous town has a little something sweet for every chocolate fan.
7. Cadbury World - The secrecy and espionage surrounding Cadbury's rivalry with confectionary competitor Rowntree was Roald Dahl's inspiration for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
8. The Swiss Chocolate Train - The day-long tour on the Chocolate Train is scenic and delectable - enjoy incredible views of the Swiss country side as you ride in high style and nibble on fine chocolate.
9. Toledo, Belize - If it's a chocolate adventure you're after travel to Toledo and trek through the stunning cocoa orchards and witness the first leg of the bean's journey from pod to confection.
10. Cologne, Germany - The Schokoladen Museum is ready and willing to walk you through 3000 years of chocolate history. As a reward for all that learnin' enjoy a fresh waffle dipped in the Museum's massive chocolate fountain.