Archive for September, 2012

Swiss Fashion Event in Geneva

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A girl will always love fashion, even when most of her wardrobe is covered in dried-up Play-doh and finger paint. In my case, most outfit ideas and trends take place in my head rather than in the real world, as I grab my usual jeans, battered old tops and dash out the door for the boys’ school-run. But I shall be making amends and find out more about contemporary Swiss fashion […]

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Best Child-Friendly Pizzeria in Geneva

Luigia's wood-fired oven © Pizzeria Luigia, Geneva

When we’re feeling a bit homesick and crave the heartwarming taste of authentic Italian pizza we always head to Pizzeria Luigia, our favourite child-friendly pizzeria in Geneva. There are so many great things about Pizzeria Luigia that I don’t know where to start: they make authentic Neapolitan pizza baked in a wood oven (as it should be) but also pasta, meat and fish dishes and really awesome desserts – just order the Tiramisù […]

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It’s Olympics Week !

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On your marks, get set…if your children are aged 9 to 15 and they love sports there’s a very exciting (and free!) event coming up at the Musée Olympique in Ouchy from the 14th – 18th of October 2012: the 32nd Semaine Olympique. There will be over 40 free sports activities to choose from including fencing, taekwondo, judo, American football, ice-hockey, capoeira and even cheerleading ! If you have younger children as well, […]

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Gourmands in Geneva


With more (Michelin) stars than the Milky Way and an array of delicious auberges, the area around Geneva is a delight and temptation for all expat foodies. Unfortunately for us (but not our bank account!) we can’t manage to dine out à deux as much as we’d like so our favourite restaurants list is still quite short, but thanks to the advice of gourmande-in-chief Linda we know where to book when we […]

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Playtime in Nyon


Last Saturday we came across this fantastic playground in Nyon. It faces the lake (great views are guaranteed!) and is right next door to the Musée du Léman. The playground is called Place de jeux du Bourg-de-Rive (click here to see the map) and there’s an underground car-park just a few meters away.   The Place de jeux du Bourg-de-Rive is around 100 square meters, it’s fenced all around and is for […]

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Fun at the Museum

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As mentioned in a previous post, I am a bit of an art addict and like to share this passion of mine with the little buttons. As my French improves, I’ve been able to discover more and more kid-friendly activities organised by museums and art foundations in Geneva, so here’s some of my findings so far…   Musée d’Art et d’Histoire – Geneva The Musée d’Art et d’Histoire on Rue Charles-Galland organises some great […]

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Raising a Bilingual Child


I don’t pretend I got it all right and my daughter does make mistakes as she is learning both English and French. But speaking French to her has made a difference to her life. Not only she learnt and assimilated it intuitively, but she enjoys it and – most importantly – for her the process is relatively painless. When she was born I was so happy that there would be someone […]

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Pic Nic at the Castle

Photo copyright Château de Prangins

The events of La Semaine du Goût that are taking place throughout Switzerland until the end of this week are simply amazing. One of the most charming and family-friendly is definitely the Déjeuner sur l’herbe et marché à l’ancienne organised at the Château de Prangins for this Sunday 23rd of September.     The day will begin at 11am with the old-fashioned market, selling local delicacies such as smoked féra, regional charcuterie, organic wines […]

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Until the Cows Come Home


As summer draws to an end and autumn begins, it’s time for a unique event not to be missed in Switzerland: the Alpabzug or Désalpe, the Alpine procession of beautifully adorned cows making their way home for the winter, marking the end of grazing season.   The most famous Alpabzug or Désalpe take place in the inner regions of German-speaking Switzerland or Valais (click here for dates), but if you’re in Geneva you can still have a […]

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A Scary Night in Morges !

Image copyright Nuit des épouvantails, Morges

For all the little monsters in our household Halloween can never come soon enough. Imagine our delight then when I read about the upcoming Nuit des épouvantails (Night of the Scarecrows), which will be taking place in Morges on Saturday 29th of September. Here’s the video from the 2010 edition:   Legend has it that long ago, in 1387, the scarecrows in the countryside around Morges came to life and started terrorising the […]

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Vintage Toy Exhibition in Carouge

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The Musée de Carouge has organised “Jouets et loisirs d’antan” – a fantastic exhibition of antique and vintage toys, which runs until the 14th of October 2012. From wooden to tin toys, constructions to magic lanterns, the display is absolutely captivating (and not just for the little muffins!). An important part of the exhibition is dedicated to optical toys and shadow theatres, which my little ones found fascinating…is this really how children amused […]

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Weekend in Versailles


Geographically speaking, living in Geneva means being right at the centre of Europe. You can get pretty much anywhere by car (au revoir crack-of-dawn and over-booked EasyJet flights!) and there is a lot to explore with children in and around Switzerland. I won’t go as far as saying that places are “a short drive away” because there’s no such thing when you have kids and even a 10 minute drive […]

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Expat Mumpreneurs: Michelle

© Michelle Petersen Photography

Our “Expat Mumpreneurs” section is very close to our hearts. We have the greatest admiration for all the talented, creative and resourceful expat mums who take the plunge and turn their amazing skills into a business, which is often run alongside a hectic family life. From cake-making to photography, design or life-coaching, our expat community is full of extremely talented mums and we can’t wait to find out more about them !     Michelle […]

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ASK Information Day


Unique event in Geneva: a special needs education fair Saturday October 6th 2012 Crown Plaza Hotel, Geneva 9:30am – 3pm Free Admission During the past decade both international and local schools in Geneva have had to cope with an ever increasing number of children with special needs. Parents and teachers are often finding themselves at a loss and may not know who to turn to or what services are available. ASK – […]

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Apple Picking in Geneva


One of the perks of living in Geneva is that, although it’s the second biggest city in Switzerland, you’re never more than a few minutes away from the most luscious, fertile countryside. Many local farmers are now happy to sell their super-fresh produce directly to the public and often allow you to pick it yourself, which – in my little nippers’ opinion – trumps supermarket shopping anytime. For this reason, last Saturday we […]

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Thalia et Bubu Pop-up Store


If you have a soft spot for stylish, cool designs for kids and would like to take a look at the new AW collections from brands like Bobo Choses, Simple Kids, Talc, Baby Version Rock and many more, make a note in your diary for the upcoming Thalia et Bubu pop-up store, taking place chez Little Home from Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th of September 2012. This fab pop-up store will feature over […]

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Going wal-Nuts in Switzerland


The Swiss are famous for their small festivals and one of the most charming in this region is the Walnut Festival organised by the owners of the mill at Sévery, in Canton Vaud. The Moulin-huilerie de Sévery has been run for six generations by the Bovey family and walnut oil represents over 60% of the mill’s production.   During our visit last year, we lunched on the ubiquitous Swiss cheese to the […]

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