Archive for July, 2013

What’s On in August


The best season of the year is in full swing, whether you’ll be away or spending more time with your little ones, there is plenty to do in the area for families who wish to enjoy this lovely and (hopefully) sunny time of the year. Click here to download the full summer programme of activities in Geneva, who said there’s nothing to do in the city during the school break ?! Remember to […]

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Beat the Heat

Parc de l'Auberge, Meyrin - Photo © Atelier d'Ici Architectes

When a heatwave (“canicule” in French) hits, what you need is some water fun to keep the little buttons happy and hydrated. Take a look at our previous posts “Make a Splash”, “Surfing in Geneva” and “A Perfect Spot for a Picnic” for ideas on some of the best beaches, lidos and summer spots in the area. But, if you’ve tried them all and are looking for something different (& free of charge!), head to […]

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A Midsummer Night at the Bains

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A local treasure with a long history dating back to 1872, the Bains des Pâquis hold a special place in the hearts of those who have lived here all their lives or just for a few years. The Bains des Pâquis are the place to go for a delicious fondue au crémant, a relaxing hammam or a long day at the beach. Not only that, Expat Husband and I love to come to the Terrasse Bar […]

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Surfing in Geneva

© Tropical Windsufring, Geneva

You’ve done it all: walked the cobbled streets of the old town, taken a photo with your arm raised so it looks like you’re holding up the Broken Chair and got your hair wet under the mighty spray of the Jet d’Eau – what else can be added to your living-in-Geneva to-do list? Well, we thought exactly that and yet there was one more thing we were able to add […]

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Geneva Summer Festival

© Fêtes de Genève

Now that summer is in full swing, the time has come to celebrate Geneva’s Summer Festival, known as Les Fêtes de Genève. From the 18th of July to the 11th of August 2013 the city of Calvin will let its hair down and dazzle visitors with a plethora of fantastic events, many of which will be free of charge. The first time we visited the Fêtes de Genève my baby girl was just […]

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A Swiss Bestseller


For me, summer isn’t really summer without a gripping read to delve into on those balmy evenings when my little buttons are finally tucked in bed after a long day spent at the beach. Always on the hunt for a good story, I recently came across the Italian translation of “La vérité sur l’affaire Harry Québert” by Joël Dicker, a young author born and raised in Geneva who has taken the French […]

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Dahlias in Bloom


The summer scenery along Lac Léman is undoubtedly one of the most charming sights Switzerland has to offer, but – if you’re looking for an authentic show-stopper that will have you point-and-shoot your camera faster than you could say “so pretty!” then head to the lakeside town of Morges (Canton Vaud) for their unique summer exhibition of dahlias in bloom, called Les Quais du Dahlia.     From the middle of […]

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View From the Treetops

© Parc Aventure des Evaux, Onex.

If your children are as energetic as mine and you’re running out of ideas of what to do, why not try a bit of accrobranche ? There are various aerial adventure parks in the area where children – safely attached to tight ropes – can climb from tree to tree, following an adventure course. Expat Husband loves to take the boys for a treetop-spin when they have just too much energy to […]

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Summer is CinéTransat


Whoever said there’s no fun to be had in Geneva as everything is just too expensive has probably never experienced one of the city’s best summer events: CinéTransat. If you’re in town from the 11th of July to the 18th of August 2013, make sure you pop round at least once.   CinéTransat is one of the Geneva’s best-loved summer festivals and it’s easy to understand why: every evening from Thursday to […]

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