Posted on April 25, 2014 by 63390433 | 0 CommentsBrussels to London -We are business owners, this is exciting! Our original plan for today was to travel by train to Paris. Madeline been aching to see the Eiffel Tower forever and she also wanted to see my old office just across the Champs Élysées and of course the delectable thought of having a French croissant. After breakfast we took a cab over to the Grand Plas, we couldn't leave Brussels without visiting the most famous chocolate shop which started it all in 1857-Neuhaus. Jean Neuhaus a pharmacist who covered his medicines in chocolate to make them more palatable--such a simple idea followed through. As we strolled around the village and felt as if we were walking through a history book. So much more to learn and explore, we cannot wait to come back. After lunch we decided to bypass Paris this time around and opted to board the Eurostar for the 2-hour journey onto London—this was a great geography lesson for Madeline. I love that in our school, learning happens all the time, and there is no division between learning and life A late afternoon arrival in London, ahh London, Home Sweet Home. We used to live in London and it was good to get back to a country where we speak the language and could stay at our favorite London hotel, the Marriott at Regents Park. The staff pays attention to every detail and it's location is central to everything (including our old neighborhood haunts) AND they always takes very good care of us. As soon as we checked into our room, we crashed. Ahh, it’s good to be home. Happy Travels, Linda and Madeline
Posted on April 15, 2014 by 63390433 | 0 CommentsBrussels, Belgium -Madeline slept in late and this afternoon she and I took a chocolate workshop! The shop was within walking distance of our hotel and it was good to step away from everything and clear my head. We made our own truffles and discovered even more secrets of the chocolate makers. FINALLY at 7 o'clock in the evening, our dreams came true and we were officially the new owners of Chocology Limited in the UK. John and I spent hours going through paperwork until seriously, I couldn't see straight anymore. It was a fine day! Happy travels! Linda and Madeline Owner and Managing Director http://www.Chocology.co.uk Know Your Chocolate, Acknowledge Your Dreams. Yield to Chocolate, Realize Your Dreams!
Posted on April 15, 2014 by 63390433 | 0 CommentsBrussels, Belgium - We had planned to close on the business today and I was very excited to close on my father's birthday HOWEVER; numerous last minute back and forth between Solicitors and 3 time zones kept us from doing so---my stomach was in knots the entire day, I hadn't slept, I hadn't eaten. The solicitors coupled with technology problems (I couldn't make phone calls for half the day, our UK bank wouldn't recognize my PIN number and my Skype didn't work...ugh) combined to make it a long, frustrating and disappointing day during most of which I was holding in tears and there was a huge lump in my throat. So anyway, after an emotional day, I remembered; all I can do is "Keep Calm and Carry On" And fortunately I did so and before I fell asleep; I had a solid plan for tomorrow! Happy travels, Linda and Madeline
Posted on April 15, 2014 by 63390433 | 0 CommentsBrussels, Belgium -John ( the seller of the business we are going to buy) and I have SKYPED many times over the past month but this was our first time meeting in person. He very kindly picked us up at the airport and brought us to our hotel which was right in the heart of Brussels. After checking into the hotel and freshening up a bit (we were running on zero sleep) we were off with John on a walking tour around the Sablon district to orient us to the area. Home to some of the some of the worlds most famous chocolatiers such as Neuhaus, Leonidas, Laurent Gerbuad..., there's no denying Belgium makes the worlds best chocolate so where better to learn about chocolate then in Brussels with it's 2,000 plus chocolate shops. Madeline and I indulged in as many different chocolates as we could each time John explaining to us the differences and history. We visited 5 famous chocolatiers in total and organized some chocolate classes and workshops for our next visit. We walked until we couldn't walk anymore. For our last stop John introduced us to a chocolatier whose creations are unlike anyone else's we seen. I love to share more but honestly we earned so much today my head is spinning and quite honestly I don't remember if the meeting was proprietary or not therefore I shall not share his name at the moment. Anyway, there I had the most sinfully delicious cup of hot chocolate and it was the perfect way to end our first day in Belgium. Happy travels, Linda and Madeline
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