Archive for November, 2012

Baby Storytime in Nyon


If you’re the proud parents of a little bundle aged between 7 and 12 months and you love books, don’t miss the baby storytime organized at the Librairie Gaspard Le Canard (The Reading Duck) in Nyon on Thursday 6th of December 2012 at 10am.   It’s never too early to introduce your little buttons to the joys of reading, and it’s true what they say: books are great for babies too […]

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St Nicolas Nicked My Chocolates

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On the night of the 6th of December, French children leave their shoes by the chimney for St Nicolas. The hero saved three little children from their death, the poor souls having been chopped into pieces by a forest butcher and put to marinate in salt for seven years. Every year St Nicolas comes back for the children, leaving chocolates in their little slippers.   My parents didn’t use to follow this tradition until […]

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Ready Steady Escalade – part 1


As a self-confessed queen of sloth I might not be the best person to blog about this, but since it is a very special and long-standing sporting event in Geneva I can’t possibly skip it. Get ready, set and go on Saturday 6th of December 2014 for the 37th Escalade Race, which takes place every year in Geneva’s old town on the first Saturday of December. The race is a fun family […]

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Christmas in Montreux


Christmas markets are an essential part of the festive build-up in Switzerland and you will find many of them organised in and around Geneva in the next few weeks. However, if you want to be swept off your feet then you should head to the Montreux Christmas Market (VD), which runs from the 23rd of November to the 24th of December 2012. A visit to the lakeside city of Montreux is worth […]

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Don’t Shop, Swap !


How would you like to take part in the 1st SWAP-PARTY @ St – Prex (VD) ? In the U.S., Germany, France and many other countries the concept of clothes-swapping has been all the rage for a while now. These ladies don’t shop, they SWAP!     Ask yourself: ◦Is my closet overflowing but I feel like I have nothing to wear? ◦Am I bored with the contents of my wardrobe? […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Skiing in the Swiss Alps

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Getting to ski the enchanting Verbier slopes in Valais (one of Switzerland’s French speaking Cantons) is not for the faint-hearted, nor for beginners such as me. Or so I thought. As luck would have it, on the day I visited, only the horrifying (red) and the extremely petrifying (black) trails were open. Not the basic (blue) for beginners. I was not feeling confident. As I watched, very young Swiss children through […]

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An Expat Family in Aigle


When you’re planning a move abroad or you’ve just put down your expat roots in a new place, there’s nothing more helpful or inspiring than finding out more about the experience of other expat families living in the same country. For this reason, we’re very pleased to be able to share this personal account of a British family in Aigle (VD) contributed by Rebecca Lawson, an expat mum-of-one and wife to realist painter AJ Lawson. Find […]

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It’s “Un R de Famille” !


What do you do when you come across a place that brings back some of your happiest childhood memories and at the same time reminds you of a place your heart calls ‘home’ ? Simple: you fall in love, which is what happened to us last week when we had brunch at Un R de famille in Geneva.       Un R de famille is an information centre for families founded by the […]

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L’Asticot Sale in Geneva


The story of Swiss ethical label L’Asticot began in 2009, when young mums Christie and Danièle put their creative pencils to paper and designed L’Asticot’s first collection of original, super-wearable, fun & very, very cool kids clothes. I love their colourful, unique designs that are such a pleasure to wear even for the most active and wriggly little monkeys, and I definitely support their ethical commitment to fair trade standards and sustainable […]

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See Heidi in Geneva !

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I was so excited when I read about this, I nearly fell off my chair ! Yes, it’s really happening, I haven’t just dreamt about it: Switzerland’s most famous & beloved fictional character will tread the boards at the Théâtre Töpffer in Geneva from the 4th of November to the 2nd of December 2012.     I cannot wait to take my little muffins to see the show, which follows quite closely the original […]

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Best Fondue in Town ?

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As the colours of autumn in Geneva turn to even more intense hues of ochre, burnt umber, copper and glowing burgundy my thoughts rush to all the winter rituals I love the most about our life in Switzerland. There’s skiing, of course, but roaring log-fires at dusk too, hot chocolate & crêpes on Sunday afternoons and a convivial fondue shared with family and friends on those crisp, winter starry nights when the air carries scents of burning […]

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Birthday Planning Tips

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At one point or another, we’ve all been thrown into a frenzy by the scary prospect of having to organize our child’s birthday party. The list of questions in our minds becomes endless: have the party at home or find a location where everything will be taken care of ? Invite the whole class or just a few close friends ? Where to find a nice decorated cake and cupcakes the little ones will […]

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‘Tis the Season to Be Jolly !


I know Autumn has only just started, so it feels quite surreal to be thinking about Christmas already but I have always been a sucker for a bit of Yuletide celebration, and now – entrusted with the making of childhood memories for three little ones – I feel it’s my duty, and somehow perfect excuse, to go a little bonkers about it all. Luckily, there’s plenty going on in Geneva […]

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Fun at Family Village !

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Last November Expat Husband and I took the little buttons to Morges for one of the nicest family events we’ve been to since moving to Switzerland. The good news is Family Village is back again this year on the 17th-18th, 21st & 24th of November 2012 at the Halle CFF in Morges (just opposite the train station).   Family Village takes place indoors, which is great news if the weather turns gloomy, […]

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Expat Dads: Settling In Switzerland

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We’re back with part two of expat dad Paul Reed-Peck’s account of his move to Switzerland (click here to read the first part of Paul’s story: “Moving to Switzerland”). In this interview he’ll tell us more about the settling in process and how he went about finding a job, a rental apartment and getting to grips with the French language. Remember you can find out more about Paul’s expat adventures and pick up some very useful tips on […]

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The Desalpes Company

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Expat mum-of-three Mikée Westerling is the founder of The Desalpes Company, an online store of gorgeous home products made using authentic Swiss Army blankets. We immediately fell in love with her collection when we saw her website and we’re over the moon that she agreed to contribute this article to tell us more about her designs (& share some of her expat tips too !).   Mikée is offering our readers a free Desalpes […]

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No Homework, More Fun ?

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New expats moving to France will see educational reforms take place from September 2013. After months spent debating over the current school life, French Education Minister Vincent Peillon announced a complete rework of the French system and new laws will be presented to the Parliament in January. French children are said to be currently put under too much pressure. In primary schools, they spend long hours studying (typically from 8am to […]

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Shopping & Fun at Les Automnales

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Late autumn in Geneva can be a bit tricky: too late in the season to enjoy more of those balmy, cloudless October days and too early to go skiing. Grey and drizzly seem to reign sovereign (especially at the weekend !) and it’s harder to find some good outings for the whole family. One autumn event we love is Les Automnales: Geneva’s home and lifestyle exhibition, which this year runs from the 9th to the 18th of […]

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Kids Theatre in Nyon


Have you ever been to one of the theatre shows for kids at L’usine à gaz in Nyon (VD) ? It’s absolutely worth it and the shows are great: a bit surreal, a bit whimsical but always 100% adorable. I love the atmosphere of this little theatre (which is also a music venue and cultural centre for various exhibitions) because it reminds me of the small fringe theatres in London that we used […]

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Sunday Brunch with Kids

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When it’s too cold and rainy to enjoy a family stroll but not cold enough that ski season has already started, a Sunday brunch is a lovely way to cuddle up with your little buttons and relish some good food. We’ve tried many places since our arrival 4 years ago (and believe me it’s not easy to find a place that will satisfy all five of us !) so we’ve compiled our own […]

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November at MAMCO


The agenda for November 2012 at MAMCO, Geneva’s Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, is filled with great events that are free of charge thanks to the support of the Fondation Lombard Odier. If you’d like to find out more about Switzerland’s biggest contemporary art museum, here’s some dates for your diary:     1. MUSÉE GRATUIT On the first Sunday of each month MAMCO organizes a guided tour in French beginning […]

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