Swiss Festivals

Ready Steady Escalade – part 1

As a self-confessed queen of sloth I might not be the best person to blog about this, but since it is a very special and long-standing sporting event in Geneva I can’t possibly skip it. Get ready, set and go on Saturday 6th of December 2014 for the 37th Escalade Race, which takes place every year in Geneva’s old town on the first Saturday of December. The race is a fun family […]

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It’s Olympics Week !

On your marks, get set…if your children are aged 9 to 15 and they love sports there’s a very exciting (and free!) event coming up at the Musée Olympique in Ouchy from the 14th – 18th of October 2012: the 32nd Semaine Olympique. There will be over 40 free sports activities to choose from including fencing, taekwondo, judo, American football, ice-hockey, capoeira and even cheerleading ! If you have younger children as well, […]

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Until the Cows Come Home

As summer draws to an end and autumn begins, it’s time for a unique event not to be missed in Switzerland: the Alpabzug or Désalpe, the Alpine procession of beautifully adorned cows making their way home for the winter, marking the end of grazing season.   The most famous Alpabzug or Désalpe take place in the inner regions of German-speaking Switzerland or Valais (click here for dates), but if you’re in Geneva you can still have a […]

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A Scary Night in Morges !

For all the little monsters in our household Halloween can never come soon enough. Imagine our delight then when I read about the upcoming Nuit des épouvantails (Night of the Scarecrows), which will be taking place in Morges on Saturday 29th of September. Here’s the video from the 2010 edition:   Legend has it that long ago, in 1387, the scarecrows in the countryside around Morges came to life and started terrorising the […]

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Going wal-Nuts in Switzerland

The Swiss are famous for their small festivals and one of the most charming in this region is the Walnut Festival organised by the owners of the mill at Sévery, in Canton Vaud. The Moulin-huilerie de Sévery has been run for six generations by the Bovey family and walnut oil represents over 60% of the mill’s production.   During our visit last year, we lunched on the ubiquitous Swiss cheese to the […]

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