It needs die hard passion and obsession for something that drives you out of your mind and makes you think about touring the select parts of the world where your object of passion is at its best. It can be a music concert, a dance or drama festival or so to say, a Formula One race.
Skeptics might term you crazy and freak, but the sheer pleasure and sense of satisfaction that you derive out of your madness is something that they would never feel.
Now its time to hunt down that one thing which can push you to the Are you nuts level. Keep thinking; but today its the hardcore chocolate lovers that are going to have an easy manual on the chocolate havens on earth.
So folks, this one goes for you...
Mexico: This south American nation has a magnetic effect on a niche set of travellers who like things raw and rustic. The Mexican charm is way beyond what you saw in the Desperado series starring the manly Antonio Bendares and the sultry Salma Hayek. Keeping good rhythm with it, the ultimate aphrodisiac flourishes in Oaxaca located in South East Mexico. The traditional way of chocolate making is still running smooth here and the locals call it the ‘drink of the gods’. Well, no prize for guessing, chocolate is a sort of beverage here!
As a traveller, you can check out Calle Mina in Oaxaca where you will come across a bevy of chocolate factories and Abastos Market that is loaded with artisan chocolate stalls.
Switzerland: Blessed by the mighty presence of the Alps range, Switzerland is a favoured destination for tourists from time unknown. Chocoholics, though find it attractive for their own vested interest. The main activities that he/ she targets starts with a ride in the Chocolate Train that passes trough some of the most notable chocolate hubs in the country. Then onwards, there are lots of other things to do in the itinerary of a chocolate lover that includes a visit to the Maestranin Swiss Chocolates Ltd, Alprose Choclates Museum, Versoix Chocolate Festival. And if you get to take a chocolate bath in Geneva, consider your trip complete and successful.
Belgium : Talking of chocolate and you dare miss out Belgium? If it happens, don't blame the chocolate connoisseurs when they sue you! Along with the capital Brussels, the entire country is a chocolate hub with awesome stuff in abundance in Bruges, Halle an Eupen chocolate shops. Brussels is home to the Musée du Cacao et du Chocolat (Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate) and is graced by some world class chocolate makers like Pierre Marcolini, Neuhaus, Godiva, Léonidas and Planète Chocolat. Being a tourist and a chocolate fanatic, you must taste the Belgian praline, made of thick chocolate layer with a soft center.
After you are done with the chocolate tasting in those chocolate farms, you can relax a bit in the Wittamer Cafe in Sablon district of Brussels. This family-owned chocolate-making brand is in the business for more than a 100 years. Enjoy delicacy!
Eurochocolate, Perugia: The Italian region of Umbria is the home to a fine specimen of chocolate festival as its capital Perugia hosts the Eurochocolate every year. Like any other of its kind, Eurochocolate is also a buzzing event with enthralling exhibitions, completions and the most endearing chocolate tasting.
Noto, Sicily: Fondly called the “garden of stone” for the enigma and uniqueness of its churches and palaces, Noto, in Sicily is the place where you ought to be if want to taste chocolate made solely of cocoa, sugar and spices. The shops here are full with wild strawberries and almond to add the local flavour to your chocolate.
So, let the madness take over and bug the travel agent with travel request for these paradises...quite chocolaty...