Archive for February, 2013

Gardening at Prangins Castle

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If you’re a keen gardener or still a beginner but raring to learn more, why not make the most of spring and take a gardening course in the beautiful grounds of Prangins Castle ? On the first Saturday of the month, starting from the 2nd of March until the 5th of October 2013 you’ll be able to learn about soil types, organic planting tecniques, heritage vegetables and caring for fruit trees with the glorious […]

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See Annie the Musical in Geneva

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Don’t miss Annie the musical in Geneva if you love nothing more than an all-time theatre classic, which is fun, adorable and perfect for the whole family. Annie the musical is coming at the Casino Theatre (42, rue De Carouge) from Saturday 2nd of March to Sunday 10th of March 2o13, so book your tickets now to make sure you won’t miss it. Performed in English by the Simply Theatre Academy, this heart-warming […]

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Best Burgers at Inglewood Geneva

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Want to know where to get the best burger in town ? If so, head to Inglewood Geneva just another one of our Plainpalais favourites located at number 44 on blvd du Pont-d’Arve. If Plainpalais is a bit out of your way don’t worry: they’ve now opened a new branch in Eaux-vives (17, rue Montchoisy) to satisfy their ever-growing number of fans.   Their 160g juicy boeuf burgers are amazing and the choice is […]

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Ho Bina ! Music Classes for Babies & Toddlers

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Ho Bina ! Music & movement classes are starting this week at Ecolint’s La Châtaigneraie campus in Founex as part of the music school’s courses that are open to the public. If you have little ones aged 6 months to 5 years-old and are looking for a fun activity to do together, then these classes might be just what you’re looking for. You can join the classes at any time during the […]

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The Alimentarium in Vevey

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The Alimentarium in Vevey (VD) is one of the best days-out we’ve had with our 3 munchkins this winter. Only one-hour’s drive from Geneva, a family outing to Vevey is a great option on a Sunday: the Alimentarium is open from 10am to 6pm and – after your visit – you can take a stroll to enjoy the superb views over Lake Léman and the mountains. However wonky, a snap of Swiss […]

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Languages & Storytime in Geneva

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There’s nothing my little monkeys and I love more than a good story, so we were over the moon to find out about a series of readings for children organized by Geneva’s public libraries around the theme of languages & communication called “Même pas la langue dans la poche….”. Until the 31st of March 2013, parents and their little buttons will be able to visit some of Geneva’s bibliothèques municipales and take part in […]

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Minimalisma Giveaway

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We are delighted to announce our first ever giveaway with Zürich-based Minimalisma, an online store of adorable baby clothes designed by expat mumpreneur Maja. Minimalisma’s clothes are especially designed for babies and toddlers aged zero to 2 years-old. They combine clean Scandinavian simplicity with the best natural fabrics such as silk, cashmere, linen and the finest cottons, which are very gentle on a baby’s delicate skin. Read the story behind the launch of […]

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La Joie de Lire

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The first time I came across one of Albertine’s books published by La Joie de Lire, I was in our paeditrician’s waiting room. The boys and Little Miss Cutie were being their usual rambunctious selves and I was trying to pretend they weren’t with me, so I picked up a book entitled “En ville” and – within seconds – I was lost in its rich, colourful world. The illustrations depicted a city in […]

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Le Royaume Melazic

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Once upon a time, in the middle of Switzerland, there lived two sisters in an enchanted kingdom. One day, they started to sketch their dream clothes and – a few spells later – they had created t-shirts, buttons and shopping bags under the label Le Royaume Melazic. Sisters Soizic and Melanie’s story is the stuff of (Swiss) design dreams: from the launch of their Lausanne-based label in 2006, their creative juices haven’t stopped […]

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Skiing at La Clusaz

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La Clusaz, in the French region of Rhône-Alpes, is our “go to” ski-resort of choice. Perfect for beginners and old-hands alike, a bevy of nephews and nieces have snapped on their skis for the very first time on the wide, gently sloping runs at the top of Beauregard.     The views view over the Aravis mountain range are, without exaggeration, stunning. When they are ready, intermediate skiers can take the links […]

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Le Carlina – Any Excuse For a Visit

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A trip to Chamonix is not complete for us without a meal at Le Carlina. The menu is comprehensive enough to allow an enjoyable ponder whilst you sip an apéritif, but not too long so as to make you think that they can’t possibly cook everything well, can they? Well, they can and they do.   We have eaten here throughout the seasons. This time we went for lunch to celebrate Himself’s […]

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Eco Design at Chougarou.com

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Our Expat Mumpreneur interviews are so inspiring and motivating that we can’t get enough of them. The latest expat mumpreneur to join our group is called Feng-I and lives in Lausanne. Feng-I is an expat mum-of-two from Taiwan and the founder of Chougarou.com, an environmentally-friendly and design-conscious online store of kids products (ages 0-4) designed to make our parenting lives easier. We’re very happy to announce that Chougarou.com is offering a special 20% discount on online purchases for all Geneva Family […]

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How to Choose the Right School in Geneva

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If you’re planning to settle in Geneva with your family, chances are that education will be a key issue that you’re considering. While the city’s education system is excellent, there are a few things to bear in mind when selecting specific schools. Read on to find out what they are.   About the Swiss education system First, it’s helpful to learn a little about how education works in Switzerland. There […]

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Discover Plainpalais

Neon Parallax, Geneva Ann Veronica Janssens installation in Plainpalais (photo © Geneva Family Diaries)

You might have guessed by now that we have a very soft spot for Plainpalais, one of Geneva’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. Around ‘la plaine’ of Plainpalais you will find some great museums, Europe’s largest skatepark, a host of hip restaurants, bars and boutiques, as well as all the art galleries of Le Quartier des Bains. However, our absolute favourite at the moment is the Neon Parallax series of light installations that you can see on the rooftops of […]

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Join the Geneva Reading Society

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What I love the most about Geneva’s discreet charm and reserved ethos, is that there’s always some amazing new discovery to be made even when – like us – you’ve lived here for many years. Just when you think you’ve mastered everything there is to know about Geneva’s old town, you can walk through the doors of the magnificent 18th century Hôtel du Résident on the Grand’Rue and find yourself in a […]

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Venetian Charm in Annecy

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My little muffins’ favourite activity at the moment is dressing-up, and I can tell you it’s not always easy to cook dinner when you’re being ambushed in every corner by Spiderman, Buzz Lightyear and an unusually short Vader. The good news is that February is Carnival time in Europe and Switzerland, so the little monsters will be able to indulge their newfound passion in the open and scare the pants of people […]

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