Archive for January, 2013

What’s On in February

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From skiing with the tiddlers to enjoying a delish family Sunday brunch, we’ve posted our favourite tips for a great family weekend in and around Geneva, not to mention all the ideas you can find in our post on how to survive those sleepy winter Sundays (free ice-skating anyone?). You can also enjoy some fantastic kids activities with your little ones in Carouge (read here), which include story-telling, shows and baby music and are […]

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Baby & Toddler Playgroup in Geneva

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If you’ve just moved to Geneva with very young children, you’ll be happy to know about a fantastic infant & toddler playgroup called “Les enfants en bas âge“. Expat mum Michelle is one of the group’s organizers and she kindly contributed the article below to tell us more about their Meetup playgroup in Geneva, so here’s some key info for all expat parents out there !     Infant & Toddler […]

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Cookery Books for Smurfs

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Best things really do come in small packages as is the case with these cool tiny cookery books I bought in France quite recently . Each of them lists 30 “cult recipes” you can make with some staple pantry-shelf ingredients that snobbish cooks would normally scorn: marshmallows, cheese triangles, smarties, condensed milk, nutella etc.     It’s hard to gauge from the photos but “les tout-petits de Marabout” are really no bigger than your hand. […]

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Expat Mumpreneurs in Nyon

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Last Thursday, I could not resist the opportunity to visit again The Desalpes Company’s Home and Lifestyle collection at their mid-winter fair in Nyon. Having already purchased one of Mikée Westerling’s iconic Swiss Army Blanket cushions (which was given the seal of approval by all the family as you can see in this photo) ‘ we ‘ wanted another. If you’d like to see more of Mikée’s collection, visit The […]

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Help at Moneypenny & Co.

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A warm welcome to Corinne Buck, the latest expat mumpreneur to share her story and great tips on our blog. Corinne is a Dutch mother-of-one and the founder of Moneypenny & Co., a company offering personal and professional organizing services in Geneva. Who doesn’t need a bit of help to get our home and busy lives sorted ? Actually, think of it…I should make that a resolution for 2013 !   […]

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Open Day at the Grand Theatre


Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of the largest production theatre in French-speaking Switzerland ? If so, mark Wednesday 30th of January 2013 on your agenda as on this day the Grand Théâtre de Genève will be hosting a free “Journée portes ouvertes” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the theatre’s re-opening. On this occasion, Geneva’s Grand Théâtre will open the doors of its studio-workshops to the public – […]

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Perrault’s “Puss in Boots”


Our boys had a great time when they went to see Heidi at the Théâtre Rodolphe Töpffer in Geneva just before Christmas, so I’ll soon be booking tickets for their next show: “Le Chat Botté”, scheduled from the 24th of February to the 24th of March 2013.   The show will follow the original Charles Perrault’s tale of a clever, sharp kitty who helps his young owner to conquer fame and fortune, […]

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Sunday Survival Guide

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It is one of the first things you will hear from other expats when you arrive in Geneva. They might be moaning about it, cranky and stressed from years of suffering, or declare it’s the best thing that could ever happen to you and your family, claiming it gives you time for things other than “worshipping at the altar of Tesco’s” (a direct quote from another expat mum). The thing […]

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L’Artichaut Bistrot Gourmand

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Young chef Florian Le Bouech is at the helm of one of our favourite bistrots in Carouge: L’Artichaut, a cozy (it only seats 26) and modern foodie retreat overlooking the river Arve on the quai du Cheval Blanc.     With fresh local ingredients, a menu that changes daily according to what’s in season and a 3-course lunch for just 34CHF, what’s not to like ? We were there recently with friends visiting from the UK […]

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Multilingual Children in Geneva

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When we moved from London to Geneva four years ago, Eldest Son was 3 years-old. Although I’d been speaking to him in Italian since he was a baby, English was his “mother-tongue” (or rather “father-tongue” !) and he used Italian only sporadically. I wasn’t worried about it, but I remember wondering when his Italian would ‘take off’ properly. I was also keen for both my boys to pick up French, although Expat Husband was […]

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Genevacakes Giveaway !

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Read the story behind the launch of Genevacakes, which has been kindly contributed by expat mum and founder Ana Moraleda, and take part in our fabulous Genevacakes giveaway ! ***THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED – ENTRIES WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED*** One lucky winner will gain a place on a “Fondant cake decoration workshop” (value 360CHF, course duration 6 hours – the prize cannot be exchanged for the cash equivalent or for an alternative […]

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Family Fun in Carouge

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It’s not always easy to find some indoor activities for our little ones during these cold winter days, but the good news is that the libraries in Carouge have come up with a fab winter programme of kids shows, story-telling, baby music and much more – all free of charge ! The events take place in different locations: the Bibliothèque de Carouge (Boulevard des Promenades 2bis); the BiblioQuartier des Grands-Hutins […]

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What’s on in January 2013

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I can’t believe how fast 2012 has flown by, can you ? Now that January 2013 is here, we’ve got our usual “what’s on” ready for you – and remember that all the ice-rinks in and around town are still open until February !   Saturday 5th of January 2013 at 2.30pm “De Genève aux confins du monde – Une promenade extraordinaire” family workshop at the Musée d’ethnographie de Genève (MEG). From […]

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Becoming a Father in Switzerland

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We’re back with part three 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”, and part two “Settling in Switzerland”). In this interview he’ll tell us more about his experience of becoming a father for the first time in Switzerland. Remember you can find out more about Paul’s expat adventures and pick up some very useful tips […]

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