Archive for December, 2012

Lyli Meets the Stone-Muncher

"The Sky Dreamer" © Céline Eimann

Swiss-born illustrator and children author Céline Eimann will be launching her latest book “Lily meets the Stone-Muncher” on Thursday 20th of December 2012 from 5pm to 8pm at the family café-restaurant “Un R de famille” in Geneva, so if you’re looking for a special book for your little ones this Xmas make sure you pop round !     “Lily meets the Stone-Muncher” tells the story of Lyli, a brave […]

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Share the Neighbourly Love !

© Maria Jaramillo for Association Tako, Geneva

Do you remember last summer’s “Jouez, je suis à vous!” public art event in Geneva, where a number of pianos located throughout the city were available for everyone to enjoy ? If you thought that was a good idea, be prepared for something even better: Geneva’s Association Tako – in collaboration with the Ville de Genève – is launching on the 20th of December 2012 “Boîtes d’échange entre voisins” a community art project designed to invite the public […]

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A Touch of Spice


If – like me – you have been lacking time, inspiration or enthusiasm for your Christmas shopping, please let me point you in the direction of Spice Your Life at number 11, rue de Raulan in Bassins (Canton Vaud).       Tamara Martyn fills her beautiful shop with a delightful collection of original pieces. Her homeware range includes porcelain cups, bowls, pretty table linen, aprons and glassware. Decorative furnishings include cushions, artwork, […]

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Le Verre a Monique


If you’d like to kick-off the festive season in style, book your little muffin’s favourite babysitter for the evening and head to one of Geneva’s best cocktail bars: Le Verre à Monique in the Quartier des Bains. On Wednesday 19th of December 2012, Le Verre à Monique will be celebrating with a very glam Tea Punch Xmas party, starting from 6.30pm. I can assure you from personal experience that the bar’s special alcoholic concoction […]

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The Tale of the Fair Isle Jumper


Have you, on your Christmas shopping, found yourself pondering on the purchase of a ‘fair isle sweater’ for your hubby? Well, I did! I looked at it, left the shop. I went back, looked at it again. Somehow, I just don’t know what it is with the fair isle trend this year, there’s something that I find equally appealing AND revolting about it. Or is this what trends are all […]

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Help Your Expat Kids Cope

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“Oh, they’ll be fine! Children are amazing aren’t they? They just soak up languages like a sponge” I have lost count of the amount of times I have heard this. Almost the same amount of times as the absurd question: “is she a good baby?” I have heard it come out of my own mouth a few times, like a tape recording. I simply don’t want to get into the […]

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Find a Book, Find a Treasure


I can never walk past a bookshop without having a quick look inside and, since becoming a mum, I’ve been able to indulge my love of books and retro designs even more. There’s definitely no bigger fan of “The Tiger Who Came To Tea” in this universe than yours truly. On a recent trip to France, I came across the Caroline books series by French cartoonist Pierre Probst and fell in love with […]

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What’s On in December


The countdown to Christmas has begun and we have a fab list of events coming up in the area during the festive season ! Take a look at our previous posts for more info about Geneva’s Escalade (7th-9th December 2012); Noël à Carouge (Xmas market 14th-16th December 2012, boutiques open every Sunday); Montreux Noël (until 24th December 2012) as well as Christmas tales under the tree at the Ariana Museum (Sunday 16th December 2012) […]

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Karen Millen in Geneva


There are special labels in the world of fashion that make every girl dream of bold glamour, style & smoking-hot leather jackets. Flying the British flag for this distinctive signature style in Geneva is Karen Millen, so how would you like to join in the celebrations for Millen’s 10th anniversary in the city of Calvin with a unique shopping event ? If the answer is yes, free up your diary for Thursday […]

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Ready Steady Escalade – part 2


As promised, I am back with part 2 of my Escalade post to tell you a bit more about one of Geneva’s oldest and proudest traditions. Did you have chance to take part in the Marmite Race last weekend? Costumes were great fun: from nuns to bananas, Smurfs to jellyfish everybody was there ! The countdown to this historical celebrations has started. The weekend of the 12th to the 14th of December […]

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Ski Schools for Children


This is probably the best time of the year in Geneva (and Vaud of course!): what can be more iconic and exhilarating than waking up to the sight of those glorious white peaks encircling the city like a glittering crown ? As I drive towards Nyon every morning, I love to follow the fleecy outline of the Jura range with my eyes, so refulgent and pearl-white even when the lowland is clouded in grey.   This […]

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Thalia et Bubu Xmas Showroom in Geneva


If you’re in Geneva this week and thinking how nice it would be to do a bit of stress-free Xmas shopping while keeping the kids happy (is that at all possible?!) why not join Thalia & Bubu at their Xmas showroom from Wednesday 5th to Saturday 8th of December 2012 ? There will be photos with Santa, gorgeous decorations, a relaxed atmosphere and a sterling selection of pressies for little helpers […]

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Xmas at the Ariana Museum


The Ariana Museum (Musée suisse de la céramique et du verre) in Geneva houses one of grandest Ceramics and Glass collections in Europe. You might have spotted the museum’s beautiful building, built at the end of the 19th century, nestled in an elegant garden just a few steps away from the Palais des Nations. The agenda of family-friendly events during the month of December at the Ariana Museum is fantastic, so if you’re here […]

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Fave Stocking-Fillers from Little Home


Now it’s the time to start thinking about little presents for the kids’ teachers and stocking-fillers for my nearest & dearest. Luckily, our new sponsor is a treasure trove of cute and stylish little finds (& very reasonably priced too!) Here’s a selection of our favourite Xmas stocking-fillers – what are yours ?                             Last, but by no means […]

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It’s a Chocolate Xmas !


We’ve already blogged about how much we love the Château de Prangins (VD) but this time I think they’ll truly knock our Xmas socks off ! If you love chocolate and you have little buttons who just can’t wait for the 25th to come, mark this free family event on your diary – I have a feeling there will be plenty of chocolate-moustached little faces walking around…   Sunday 9th of December […]

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Sture & Folke Baby Blankets


A few weeks ago I met Karin, a lovely expat mumpreneur from Sweden who has been living in Canton Vaud for nearly 4 years. I’d invited her over for a cup of tea and a chat, hoping that she might agree to contribute a post about her business for our mumpreneurs section. Well, completely unexpectedly, she showed up with a wonderful gift for my little girl: one of her own […]

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December at MAMCO

Family rendez-vous at MAMCO © Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain

The agenda for December 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:   Thursday 20th December 2012: LAST CHRISTMAS ! XMAS PARTY 2012 from 8pm to 5am Villa Magica Records, Mamco & le Centre […]

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Mac & Fred Champagne Evening


Xmas is fast approaching and sometimes I feel in need of inspiration to find gifts for the girls in our family (and – being an extended AngloItalian family – there are lots…of all ages !) so I was really excited when I received the invitation to a special Mac & Fred champagne evening, which will take place on Thursday 6th of December 2012 from 6pm to 11pm in Commugny (VD). If you’re looking […]

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