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October 12, 2013

The History Of Chocolate (…Even The Kids Suddenly Become Studious..)

Filed under: BELGIUM,Bruges: Chocolate Museum,HISTORY,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Another page from my travel journal of last summer : Visiting Singaporean friend “Velveteen” and Family Kiwidutch are currently in the Belgian city of Brugge (a.k.a. Bruges) and are having a look around the Chocolate Museum.

I know that Switzerland tries to take all the accolades for producing the world’s finest chocolates, but in my personal opinion Belgium is top of the heap when it comes to the fine art of chocolate making.

Part of the reason stems from their strong colonial roots in various cocoa producing countries around the equator, but also because the country specialised in the coco trade when other neighbours like The Netherlands specialised in other things like spices.

The Dutch soon cottoned on to the fact the some of the world’s best quality coco was conveniently close at hand and even today any Dutch Chocolatier desirous of keeping an excellent reputation, imports their chocolate from Belgium.

The history of chocolate is illustrated here in the Chocolate Museum in detail, far too much to feature in even a series of blog posts, so if ever you manage to visit Bruges, a visit here is a must. Velveteen loved the fact that some of the facts an figures were supported by displays made from children’s Play mobile models, I concentrated more on the display boards so our two sets of photographs ended up being complimentary.  Let’s take a look around…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) used with permission

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