That great big Fork of Vevey

Yes it is that great big Fork of Vevey of Switzerland. Last year we had been to Switzerland when we planned to travel by Golden Pass Panoramic train  and to see  some of the small towns enroute. From Basel we reached Lausane . We changed train to Vevey, a small town enroute on the bank of the Lake Geneva. The town may be a small one, but its Railway station and the township is in the same format of other cities. The lake Geneva, from Railway station is at a walkable distance.

Switzerland is famous for Milk and chocolates, we all know. But who knows that milk chocolate was invented in this small town Vevey by Daniel Peter in 1875?  Yes, this is the birth place of Milk Chocolate invented by  Daniel Peter in 1875, although the first chocolate bar was produced in Bristol, UK in 1847 by Fry and Sons.

Again Vevey is the place of the world headquarters of the food giant Nestlé, founded in this town in 1867. The Alimentarium Museum, a modern museum opened here  in 1985 by the Nestlé  foundation, features a permanent exhibition of cooking, eating, purchasing food, digesting, and a history of Nestlé. The Great Big Fork of 26 foot (8 meter), located opposite the Musee de l’Alimentation (Nestle Alimentarium) museum  went up in 1995 to mark the 10th anniversary of the museum.
A swiss artist initially created it as a temporary exhibit. But  the people of Vevey had grown to love their gigantic fork, and it practically became a public symbol.  Following petitions, Vevey authorities finally in 2008 declared it as a permanent exhibit. It has now become a land mark of the town.
Lake Geneva at Vevey, Switzerland
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Chairs are securely fixed on the rocks for the visitors to sit and enjoy the serenity of the lake
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Lake is attached to the township. Local residents come here to read book, some pass times by simply chitchating.

Statue of Charlie Chaplin
Statue of Charlie Chaplin

Following his exile from the United States, Chaplin made his home in Vevey. A statue of Charlie Chaplin is located on the bank of the lake of Geneva.
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42 comments on “That great big Fork of Vevey

  1. Sure fooled me Anil Cm.. I was expecting a divide of some sort; a river, a road… Love the chairs dotted around the edge to enjoy the views. Coral

  2. Enjoyed it. I did not Vevey but for Nestlé and its chocolates. By the way, are you sure that milk chocolates were invented in 1875 and not before?
    It’s been a pleasure to visit you.
    Lino

    • The year of invention is 1875 as per Wikipedia and other sites too. However, another sentence should have been added there which goes like “….1875, although the first chocolate bar was produced in Bristol, UK in 1847 by Fry and Sons.” I think now it clears your doubt. I added this line to my text too. Thank you so much for raising the doubt which helped me to educate further on the subject.

  3. Ahhhh, I should have looked at this page first. Now I understand the chairs. I’ve never been here. That fork is so very much like the works of Claes Oldenburg and your photo of it is, well, it reminds me of Magritte. Nice.

    • Hi Olivia, Thank you so much for liking the post. The post content was such, I had to leave some info. for my visitors. Hope see you again. 🙂

  4. This a pretty wonderful and educational post now i know where to go on my next annual international trip.

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