Archive for December, 2013

200 Years of Swiss History

© Ville de Genève

This December will see the beginning of the celebrations for the bicentenary of Geneva’s entry into the Swiss confederation. Two hundred years have passed since the 19th of May 1815, when papers were signed to declare that the Canton of Geneva was officially admitted into the Swiss confederation as its 22nd canton, and we can now look forward to 17 months of celebrations planned to commemorate this historic event.   […]

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It’s a Family Classic


Mark your diary for the next “concert en famille” by Geneva Camerata on Saturday 18th of January 2014 at the salle Frank-Martin in Geneva (Collège Claparède, 3 Rue de la Vallée). These family concerts are a relaxed & enjoyable way to introduce your little ones to the best classical pieces and have fun together. Each concert has a musical theme developed through a series of wonderful compositions the young audience can delight in. […]

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Chocolate & Coffee Heaven in Nyon

If you love coffee & you love chocolate, this is the place for you - Photo ©

Every excuse is good when it comes to chocolate: Xmas, a gift for friends or just a well-deserved treat for yours truly. As expats living in the land of chocolate, we’re quite lucky to have all this deliciousness at our fingertips so how could I resist the temptation of trying out a new chocolaterie when I heard a foodie friend rave about it? Enter Claudio Corallo‘s teensy new chocolaterie & coffee […]

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Au Coeur Des Grottes


Tucked away in a quiet street in the heart of Geneva’s Les Grottes neighbourhood, Au Coeur des Grottes is a beacon of hope for many women who have suffered abuse or find themselves in difficult situations. Some of them are alone, some have young babies or children but they all share a need for security and protection that this warm & welcoming women’s shelter can provide them with. The valuable work they […]

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Family Fun in Rolle

Sunset in Rolle - Photo ©

Don’t you find that, although the weather has turned miserably cold & foggy, your little ones still need plenty of outdoor time to burn off some of their excess energy? Well, mine do so I am always on the lookout for a good playground where we can all relax as a family and enjoy some of those breathtaking views only Switzerland can provide. Our latest discovery is the fantastic playground […]

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The Botanic Experience

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Is your Xmas clock ticking fast or have you just run out of groceries and didn’t manage to get your shopping done on Saturday? If so, you may want to pay a visit to home & garden-centre-cum-organic-supermarket Botanic in St-Genis Pouilly (France). I’ve been to Botanic a few times already, following the advice of a very wise friend and absolutely loved it but didn’t have my camera with me until this weekend, when I […]

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The Lucky Castle


As the holidays approach and we get ready for our long drive back home to Italy, we’re always looking for clever ways to break up the journey so that the cheeky monkeys can let off steam while Expat Husband & I enjoy a little rest, preferably accompanied by some great food & wine. One of our favourite pit-stops is the Castello di Pavone hotel & restaurant in Pavone Canavese (Italy), just a […]

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Kids Welcome Here!


A very warm welcome to our guest blogger Michelle Levesley, a British mum-of-three & English teacher living in France. In her first post for Geneva Family Diaries she shares a rave review about Gastro-Mômes, a delicious & child-friendly café-cum-takeaway-service in Douvaine, equipped with a superb play-area. Thank you Michelle!     My Wednesdays as an expat mum living in France have always involved me being a taxi service for Number One to and from […]

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Flying with Children


We’ve already posted our rave review of the excellent playroom at Geneva Airport, so we couldn’t wait to post photos of the equally fab Family Services at Zurich Airport. If you’re planning to fly with your little ones from Zurich Airport, make sure you stop by one of their two top-notch, colourful playrooms, fully-equipped with changing tables, cooking corner, nursing rooms and plenty of toys, of course. We’ve flown from Zurich Airport recently […]

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Japanese Delights in Geneva

My starter was Seabass Sashimi with dry miso and yuzu juice - photo © Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva

A bright new star is shining in Geneva’s gourmand firmament and I’m overjoyed that Expat Husband decided we should pay a visit this weekend. The new Japanese Izumi restaurant, nestled on the rooftop of the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva (33, Quai des Bergues), offers a culinary experience like no other in this city of international peace. With its Japanese-fusion signature style based on the innovative concept of Nikkei cuisine, […]

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