Guided Tours

From a cruise on the Seine River to a peek inside a working chocolate factory in Switzerland

Historic buildings of Rammelsberg Mine in Goslas

Touring the Historic Rammelsberg Mine

Legend tells that in the year 968, a knight was out hunting deer in the forests of Rammelsberg, a peak in the Harz Mountains.  Stopping for a rest, he tied his horse to a tree.  Restless, the horse pawed at the ground, unearthing a rich vein of silver.  Thus b...

Luxury Dinner Cruise on Le Calife

We ended our first day in Paris with the biggest splurge of our entire trip - a fancy dinner cruise on the Seine River.  Our friends had rather brilliantly proposed the idea before our trip, offering to scout around on the internet and book something for all f...
Maison Cailler chocolate factory in Switzerland

Maison Cailler (Nestlé chocolate in disguise)

In 1819, chocolatier François-Louis Cailler founded Switzerland's very first chocolate company.  While non-Swiss folks might not have heard of Maison Cailler, they've most certainly heard of the food giant, Nestlé, which is named after another Swiss founder, H...

Making Cheese at La Maison du Gruyère

Switzerland is famous for many things, not the least of which is their cheese.  Particularly popular is a hard yellow cheese called Gruyère, named after the Swiss town of Gruyères where it originated.  During a recent visit to this picturesque little town, we ...