Archive for April, 2013

What’s On in May

The month of May is here, let’s hope the weather will soon be back on track & bring some much needed sunshine with it… Here’s our monthly list of events in Geneva, Vaud and nearby France, filled as usual with exciting outings for the whole family. Remember to keep checking our blog as we will be updating this post with more events each week:   Take a look at our previous post to find […]

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Night at the Museum

La Nuit des musées de Genève & “after en famille” will be taking place on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of May 2013. This is the first time that the city’s museums will be opening their doors to the public at night and it sounds like it will be a fantastic weekend: the programme is filled with 163 events including workshops, guided tours, art performances and story-telling. Here’s what’s in store…   […]

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Les Enfants Terribles

Les Enfants Terribles in Geneva is one of the city’s coolest design boutiques & bar-cafés. I popped in recently, when my best friend from Barcelona came over for the weekend, and we both agreed this was a great place to look for something special. Housed in a converted body shop in a Plainpalais back-street, this ecletic concept store is heaven-on-earth if you’re on the hunt for minimalist Scandi designs, fair-trade French […]

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A Cat at the Opera

Geneva Grand Théâtre is synonym with great cultural shows for the whole family. The latest treat they have in store for families with young kids is Le Chat botté, an opera for children from age 5 by Russian composer César Cui, based on the famous tale by Charles Perrault.   A couple of years ago Expat Husband and I took the boys to a magnificent children’s production of “The Magic Flute” at the […]

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A Garden Market Fit for Kings

Do you love gardening ? Are your green fingers itching to get started on this spring’s new seedlings ? If so, don’t miss the “Fête et marché de printemps” at Prangins Castle on Sunday 5th of May 2013. From 10am to 5pm, keen gardeners and their families will be able to enjoy a plethora of free activities including guided tours in French and English, live music and a spring garden market to drop your […]

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A Perfect Spring Getaway

The Swiss town of Thun is a real gem and the gateway to the Bernese Oberland. This small town is located near Bern, halfway between the Swiss capital, Interlaken and the Bernese Alps. I am not sure why a majority of tourists only pass by Thun on their way to Interlaken, their planned final destination. In my opinion, Thun is much more charming than Interlaken and it is worthwhile to plan a stop here. […]

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Camping in Bern

A camping weekend in Bern is a wonderful option if you have children and would like to discover a bit more about the Swiss capital and its surroundings. We went there last September and absolutely loved it: the children were over the moon to be camping in such a fantastic place and were out on their bikes until evening; while I got my culture fix visiting Bern’s charming medieval town centre and the […]

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Café Brocante with Style

I have to thank lovely Paola from Uzume for introducing me to Le Coup de Girafe in Geneva’s Eaux-Vives. Tucked away at number 18 rue Maunoir, this is a cool, quirky café brocante with plenty of style and delicious sweet & salty treats that beg to be savoured with a delicate leaf-tea or café renversé.     The stylish mix-and-match décor and relaxed ambience are what makes Le Coup de Girafe a lovely spot […]

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Swiss Museum of Games

Housed in a beautiful 13th century castle and surrounded by an outdoor games trail as well as a fab playground, the Musée Suisse du Jeu is one of the best child-friendly museums in Switzerland & definitely one of our favourites.     The Musée Suisse du Jeu is located in La Tour-de-Peilz (VD) about one-hour’s drive from Geneva, right on the picturesque shores of Lake Léman and just a short walk from the Alimentarium in Vevey, so […]

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Gift of Love

Who doesn’t love buying gifts for a new baby ? It’s not always easy to get it right, though, and I find that baby clothes don’t get as much use as I’d like, since babies grow so quickly they’re normally out of newborn clothes within weeks. I was recently contacted by French mumpreneur Caroline Blin, founder of online gift retailer Paquet Câlin, and I was so impressed by her baby gift boxes I […]

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A Tribute to Women

Within minutes of meeting Paola Limonta, one half of the Geneva-based Swiss jewellery design team Uzume Spirit, I developed a serious girl crush: funny, warm-hearted, passionate and inspiring (as well as an energetic mum-of-three!), she’s the woman we’d all love to be and the BFF we all wished we had. I had already lusted over the Uzume’s jewellery collections online, but being able to try them on while Paola told me everything about the […]

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Organic Fruit with a Local Accent

One of the things I missed the most when we first moved to Geneva was all the healthy snacks available for children in the UK. My little ones loved them and I knew the brands weren’t loaded with sugar or other nasties. It took me a while (and a lot of label-reading in French!) to find some alternatives here, but I have to admit my boys weren’t always keen and […]

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Springtime in Carouge

Part exciting showcase of contemporary street art, part unadulterated fun for all ages, the Festival de Printemps Carougeois is an eclectic spring event covering a multiplicity of creative settings: art installations, theatre, dance, live music and children’s activities. This year, Geneva’s most mediterranean suburb will rouse from the last grip of winter to celebrate its joyful springtime from the 18th to the 28th of April 2013. And the central theme? Well, this […]

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It’s Party Time!

Although we’ve already blogged about planning your little one’s birthday party, when we came across the fab services offered by Swiss mumpreneur Sylvie’s company Party-Kids.ch we couldn’t wait to tell you all about it! Sylvie is a graduate from the Lausanne Hospitality Management School, a specialist in communication, an actress but most importantly a mum who’s passionate about theater, cooking, travelling… Enthusiastic, dynamic & full of creativity, she loves sharing her ideas for the best kids’ parties. Party-Kids.ch is based in Rolle […]

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Learning French Can Be Easy

Is learning or improving your French still at the top of your to-do list? If so, here’s some very useful information from one of our sponsors: who would have thought that learning French could be as easy as this? The Swiss French School (SFS) method is based on a three-step process which allows students to learn French quickly and use it straight away. With the SFS method you will be able to:  […]

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