Travels with My Kids

Dijon With Kids


No more than 150km from Geneva, Dijon is the capital of the Burgundy region and one of France’s most charming cities. A lively university town whose picture-perfect town centre is studded with remarkable medieval and Renaissance buildings (think Stratford-upon-Avon with a French twist), Dijon should have been one of the first places on our weekend-getaways list when we first moved to Geneva. I am very embarrassed to say it wasn’t, […]

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Gloria Golf Resort


You might think that a post about a family resort in Turkey isn’t particularly relevant to this blog but if you’re anything like me and find it hard to get back into the swing of things after the Xmas holidays, thinking ahead to the spring/summer holidays can sometimes do the trick when suffering from a severe bout of the January blues. Needless to say, this is NOT a sponsored post. We […]

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Flying with Kids Update


You might remember us raving about the playroom at Geneva airport in a previous post, but travelling parents have now one more reason to rejoice because the playroom has undergone a complete renovation just 6 months ago. Not only does it still sport all the great equipment we’ve come to rely on, including feeding chairs, baby changing area, sleeping cots and a mini kitchen to prepare toddler meals or warm up milk […]

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Discover Aosta

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A mere 134km from Geneva, the city of Aosta is perfect for a family getaway. In less than 2 hours by car (huge bonus when you’re travelling with restless little buttons) you can reach one of Italy’s most charming towns nestled in the heart of the Aosta Valley, a French/Italian bilingual region relatively small in size but larger-than-life in terms of history, culture & world-class resorts. We’ve been there many times, sometimes […]

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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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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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A Weekend at Legoland

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Living in Geneva can be the gateway to some fantastic family holidays in Switzerland and Europe: you can jump in the car and visit beautiful places just a short drive away or – with a little more planning – you can book flights to great destinations in Europe. A family-friendly destination my three little monkeys have given the full thumbs-up to is the Legoland Windsor resort in the UK. We went there last year […]

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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

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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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Easter in London

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Why not spend Easter in London this year? With over 20 daily flights from Geneva, a holiday or short-break in London is always a great idea, with or without the kids. Céline has compiled a list of great family-friendly events coming up during these Easter holidays, if you fancy the idea of hopping on a plane and heading to the British capital this spring!   OUTDOOR EASTER FUN – Don’t forget […]

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Weekend in Versailles


Geographically speaking, living in Geneva means being right at the centre of Europe. You can get pretty much anywhere by car (au revoir crack-of-dawn and over-booked EasyJet flights!) and there is a lot to explore with children in and around Switzerland. I won’t go as far as saying that places are “a short drive away” because there’s no such thing when you have kids and even a 10 minute drive […]

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The French Village of Pérouges

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We came across the French village of Pérouges on our way to Lyon a couple of years ago: the children needed to stretch their legs and I could definitely do with some delicious French pastries ! Perched on a gentle hill overlooking the meadows and fields along the Ain River, this beautifully preserved medieval village is probably one of the most charming villages in France. So much so that it’s been the location of many historical movies […]

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An Expat Family in Lyon


Two rivers run through it: an expat family’s first year in Lyon When it was first proposed that I contribute a piece about visiting Lyon, France’s second city, my initial reaction was that I was hardly the right person to offer this insight. After all, there are many Lyon guidebooks that cover the Roman ruins, Fourvière, the museums, the verdant parc de la Tête d’Or and its zoo, the new ecological neighborhood […]

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On Heidi’s Trail in Ballenberg

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Hands up who thinks of Heidi when thinking of Switzerland. Trouble is, when you move here and become an expat in Geneva, Zurich or any other modern Swiss city, you lose sight of the country’s most evocative and enchanting cliché. Expat Husband and I are definitely guilty as charged: we make the most of the Swiss slopes in winter but then spend all our spring and summer holidays with family […]

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