Archive for July, 2012

Jeff Koons in Basel

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There’s one exhibition I’d really love to visit with my three munchkins and I’m hoping we’ll be able to make it before it ends on the 2nd of September: the Jeff Koons exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler in Basel.   I’ve always been a bit of a googly-eyed art fanatic and would love to be able to pass on to my children even a tiny part of this passion of mine, so […]

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The Geneva Music Scene

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Expats often complain that Geneva is “too quiet” and doesn’t offer much in terms of night-life or music gigs. If you’ve heard this a million times before and would like to hear a different drummer, take a look at our interview with Paolo H. – one third of DJ & music events team Indie Nation. Their vision is simple and quite clear: bring glamorous Indie Rock’n’Roll back in town – can’t say fairer than that, […]

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A Swiss Tribute to Audrey Hepburn

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Audrey Hepburn, one of the most iconic Hollywood stars of all times, was a long-time resident of Tolochenaz, a small Swiss commune near the town of Morges in Canton Vaud. She lived here for over 30 years until her death in 1993. This is where she was laid to rest and to this day her most dedicated fans undertake the pilgrimage to visit her grave and her home. As 2012 marks the […]

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The Olympics: Far Away, So Close !

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On our return flight from Canada we met two young Canadians wearing their official Olympic tracksuits, getting ready to board their plane as everyone around them cheered them on: “Good luck guys!” It was a special moment (my eldest boy was thrilled) and I felt a bit disappointed that, away from London, we’d miss out a bit on all the Olympic excitement our friends were about to experience first hand. However, […]

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Les Fetes de Geneve

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From the 19th of July to the 12th of August 2012 Geneva will be celebrating its fabulous summer fest: les Fêtes de Genève. Check their website for full details on the 10-days line-up of free concerts, Beach Rugby Festival, free dance lessons at the “Scène by Point Bar”, breathtaking firework displays and the thrilling Fête de la Rade sports race. Celebrations start on Thursday 19th of July at the Jardin Anglais with the Scène des […]

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Parenting Styles per mamme espatriate

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Ci siamo passate tutte: neo-mamme alle prime armi e mamme di famiglie numerose. Non importa il nostro livello di esperienza, non appena ci arriva tra le braccia il corpicino caldo di un neonato comincia il bombardamento incessante di moniti. Bisogna allattarlo a domanda, no si deve farlo ogni quattro ore, i bebé vanno lasciati piangere per abituarli ad addormentarsi da soli, anzi no, non si deve mai lasciar piangere un […]

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L’allattamento all’estero

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Si tratta di uno dei momenti fondamentali e più gioiosi nella vita di ogni bebè e neomamma, ma è spesso carico di dubbi e difficoltà. Al di là dei cliché, l’allattamento al seno è indubbiamente un argomento che suscita forti emozioni nelle mamme di ogni Paese. Breast is Best  Le più recenti statistiche in Inghilterra rivelano che il 73.7% delle puerpere prova ad allattare al seno subito dopo il parto […]

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Come & Play !

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How do French people organise playdates ? Since moving to England, I’ve realised how easy and flexible playdates are in France. And how, in England, organising playdates is a way to help another mum enjoy a bit of break during the weekly school routine. On Wednesdays, when schools are closed in France, mums drop their child to the ‘playdate house’ around 2.30pm, and will pick them up around 5pm. Saturday afternoon is also […]

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The Medieval Village of Yvoire

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If you’re looking for new places to discover near Geneva this summer, look no further than the beautiful medieval village of Yvoire on the French shouthern shore of Lake Léman, right on the tip of the peninsula where the “small lake” meets the “large lake”. Yvoire is one of France’s most beautiful villages, a picture-perfect ville fleurie only 28km from Geneva, which you can travel by car in around 40 […]

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In Heidi’s Footsteps

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It happens to most expatriates in Switzerland, especially if your expat plans take you to one of the main Swiss cities rather than one of its idyllic alpine villages. You board the plane with visions of Heidi running barefoot on emerald-green mountain pastureland with cow-bells ringing in the background but, once you’ve settled into local city life, you realise your Swiss experience is turning out to be more urban than you initially […]

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