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Tried & Tested: Goodness Gracious Foods

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We’re back with another “Tried & Tested” post, where we give you the low-down on specific services and products suitable for your little ones. For this post our star blogger Michelle Levesley, a British mum-of-three & English teacher living in France, has tested a selection of organic, gluten-free baby food pouches from Goodness Gracious Foods with no added salt, sugar or preservatives. Here’s what she had to say…   Michelle’s report: This week my three children […]

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La Belle Saison

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Nestled at the heart of a luxuriant park near the river Arve, Villa Bernasconi is one of Geneva’s best-kept secrets. It’s taken us a few years to discover this elegant neoclassical family mansion dating back to 1828 and now a thriving art centre hosting up to 5 contemporary art exhibitions per year. Why not make Villa Bernasconi the destination of a family outing this month and make the most of La Belle […]

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Fi-Fon-Fan: Festival des Enfants

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The 9th edition of the Festival International du Film Oriental de Genève, running from the 4th to the 13th of April 2014, has some gems in store to be enjoyed with or without children in tow. With over 100 movies covering different genres & themes, this festival focuses on the reality and culture of Eastern society with movies competing in the following sections: «L’Orient dans tous ses états», «Regards de femmes», […]

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What’s On in April 2014

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Spring is finally here to stay and the list of events in Geneva, Vaud and nearby France is filled with exciting outings for the whole family. Here’s our list of suggestions, but remember to keep checking our blog as we will be updating it with more events each week! You can read our previous post to find all the best child-friendly places to enjoy a delicious and stress-free Sunday brunch with your little buttons. Stuck […]

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This Book Is Made for Walking

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Now that spring has officially sprung, how would you like to discover Geneva’s loveliest hidden corners and historical spots in the company of your little ones? “Genève à petits pas” is a fantastic initiative launched by the City of Geneva to celebrate «2014, année de l’enfance» and will take place on the 10th and 12th of April 2014. On Thursday 10th of April 2014, munchkins as young as 3 & 4 enrolled in […]

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New English Playgroup

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There is a new English language playgroup in town for little ones aged 2 to 5! Unfortunately, my children are now too old to attend but I thought this might be useful for many expat parents out there, so here’s some more info… Founded by Isis, the Greenmouse Playgroup is a pre-school playgroup in English which takes place every Wednesday morning from 9.30am to 10.30am at the Espace de Quartier “le 99″ in […]

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Sunday Breakfast with a Difference

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The Am Stram Gram theatre in Geneva has come up with a fantastic idea to liven up those lazy Sunday mornings and I – for one – can’t wait to try it! Every Sunday morning in March and until the 6th of April 2014, La Brioche des Mioches welcomes children aged 5+ accompanied by their parents to a continental-style breakfast followed by a poetry & music show in French entitled “Peek-a-boo”.   The family […]

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Little Bird Pilates

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If you’ve been wanting to give Pilates a try without the long-term commitment that typically comes with a fitness club membership, the recently opened Little Bird Pilates studio in Gland may be the right place for you. Offering a variety of classes from post-natal to a faster-paced “cardio-lovers” class and a flexible price scheme starting at 25 CHF per lesson, studio owner Johdi Woodford keeps her classes small (max. 8 people) […]

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Win Tickets to Expo Juniors

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If you’re looking for a fun day-out for the whole family, with plenty of creative and educational activities, parades, live shows and sports performances then the Expo Juniors fair at Geneva Palexpo is the event for you. ***THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED – ENTRIES WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED*** What’s more, if you take part in our online giveaway you might win free tickets for you and your family to the best event of […]

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What’s On in March 2014

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Spring is almost here and the list of events in Geneva, Vaud and nearby France is filled with exciting outings to enjoy with the family. For more ideas, you can also take a look at our previous posts about skiing with the tiddlers, winter sledging and indoor playcentres. Here’s our list of suggestions for March 2014, but keep checking our blog, as we will be updating this post with more events each week! This year, […]

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Siegfried at the Opera

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As part of the bicentenary celebrations commemorating Wagner’s birth, the Grand Théâtre de Genève has gone the extra mile to offer families an opportunity to enjoy an evening at the opera together. On the 21st & 22nd of March 2014 they will be showing the opera for children: “Siegfried ou qui deviendra…”, a “fantasy musicale” by Peter Larsen suitable from age 8. Loosely based on Wagner’s “The Ring of the Nibelung”, the hour-long performance […]

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Indoor Playcentres

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Considering we still have so many rainy days ahead of us, I reckoned a post about indoor play centres could come in handy. Last Sunday we took the little monsters to the Vitam’Migros Leisure Centre in Neydens (France) to burn off some of that boundless excess energy and I took some photos to share with you here. On this occasion, we opted for a run around in the Vitam’Ludic play area and laser […]

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Why Choose Greycoat Lumleys

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Greycoat Lumleys is a respected, London-based recruitment company with a team specifically dedicated to the placement of childcare staff overseas. Lina and Elvie are our expert, friendly consultants, ready and willing to assist all international clients; they are accustomed to placing childcare candidates all over the world and fully understand the needs of expat English families, or families of different nationalities looking for English staff to help with their children.   […]

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Les Recyclables

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With its 11,000 books, healthy plats du jour and relaxed atmosphere, Les Recyclables is one of our favourite haunts in Geneva. It is true that there is no play area as such, but the spirit of this cozy Librairie-Café is so welcoming & laid-back that your little ones are never made to feel like they’re a nuisance. If you have lunch here, the little buttons can have a “Mini” version of your plat du […]

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Did You Say Concerto?

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How would you like to take your children on a musical journey of discovery across time, from Vivaldi to Mozart and beyond? “Concerto, vous avez dit concerto?” is a special family concert that will be taking place at the Théâtre Forum Meyrin on Thursday 13th of March 2014 at 7pm. Suitable from age 6, the show will last approx. 1 hour so still perfect for an early bedtime!   Directed by Philippe […]

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Valentine’s Giveaway

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We have a fantastic Valentine’s giveaway for our readers so book a baby-sitter for Saturday night and make sure you take part in our online competition! A huge thank you goes out to Allison Bryan for offering two tickets to her upcoming show “Does This Song Make Me Look Fat?” at Simply Theatre in Versoix. ***THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED – ENTRIES WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED*** What better way to enjoy a fun […]

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What’s On in February 2014

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From skiing with the tiddlers to enjoying a delish family Sunday brunch, we’ve posted our favourite tips for a great family weekend in and around Geneva, not to mention all the ideas you can find in our post on how to survive those sleepy winter Sundays (free ice-skating anyone?). If the start of the new year is taking its toll, why not try one of the meditation workshops offered by the public libraries in Carouge? Saturday 1st February 2014: “Robinet et […]

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Robinson Crusoe in Geneva

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Daniel Defoe’s adventure classic “Robinson Crusoe” will be brought to the stage by the young performers at the Théâtre Rodolphe Töpffer in Geneva (21, Avenue Eugène Pittard) from the 9th of February to the 9th of March 2014. Performed in French, this stage production will tell the story of the world’s best-known castaway and his companion Friday – following the main storyline of the original book. We have enjoyed the previous […]

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NEST of Love

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We all know how relocating abroad as a family can affect our children: sometimes we are able to help them through it ourselves and sometimes we need a helping hand from caring, trained professionals. For this reason, we are very happy to share with you the information we have received from N.E.S.T. Geneva (Network of English Speaking Therapists), an association formed by three English-speaking, mental health professionals based in the Geneva area: Dr. Chitra […]

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Kings of the Burger World

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What great news for all hamburger-lovers and those of us feeling an insatiable craving for crunchy bacon, pickles & cheese melting over a juicy beef patty: The Hamburger Foundation have opened their first THF ‘stationary’ Burger Bar & Restaurant in Geneva! Until the 4th of February 2014, The Hamburger Foundation will be working on the “soft opening” of their new restaurant, meaning they’ll be testing everything and will be very pleased to receive your feedback. […]

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Breathe In & Relax

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Have you made any resolutions for the new year? Let me guess…is one of them learning to take things a bit slower, relax and don’t stress as much? Well this one is definitely on my 2014 to-do list but I think many mums might share the same feeling, especially at this time of year. I have just received the following information about new meditation courses offered by the bibliothèques de […]

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Indoor Fun at Fnac Kids

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Following a makeover in November 2013, the Fnac Kids section at the Genève Rive store is looking great: the books selection is much larger, with plenty of great toys and gift ideas too – but the best bit for me is the number of free workshops and readings that are now part of the bookshop’s weekly agenda. I popped in last week with my Little Missy and did not come away empty […]

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It’s Party Time!

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A few weeks ago my middle son was invited to a birthday party at Yatouland in Geneva. With 3 kids, I am always looking for new ideas of where to hold birthday parties so I imagine other expat parents might be in the same situation. If you’ve never been to a birthday party at Yatouland but would like to know what it’s like, here’s some photos I took whilst surrounded by a swarm […]

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Mummenschanz for Families

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The new year has kicked off and – if you’re planning ahead for the coming months – don’t forget to book tickets for “Mummenschanz for Families”, an iconic Swiss theatre company coming to the Batiment des Forces Motrices in Geneva on the 15th-16th of March 2014.   Since their launch in Paris in 1972, the mime shows by Swiss theatre company Mummenschanz have become legendary the world over: nothing quite compares to their […]

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What’s On in January 2014

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I can’t believe how fast 2013 has flown by, can you? Now that January 2014 is here, we’ve got our usual “what’s on” ready for you but remember to check our listings regularly as we will be adding new events every week. Find more info about family-friendly brunches in our post “Sunday brunch with kids” or book your little one’s ski lessons to make the most of the season’s snowfall (more info here). Did you […]

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200 Years of Swiss History

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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

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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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Au Coeur Des Grottes

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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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Japanese Delights in Geneva

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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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What’s On in December 2013

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The countdown to Christmas has begun and we have a fab list of events coming up in the area during the festive season: from ice-skating to fabulous Xmas markets, this is wonderful time of year in French-speaking Switzerland.   Visit Santa: Don’t forget you can visit Santa’s house in nearby Andilly (France) during the holidays  or enjoy the magnificent celebration of the Noël des Alpes in Annecy. Check out the official website of […]

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It’s a Reima Winter!

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When I was recently asked to review some Reima winter jackets for children, timing could not have been better. The glacial bise had already started to blow mercilessly and I’d been wondering how best to equip my little ones for the winter ahead. The only problem was finding something that would keep them snug & warm AND that they actually wanted to wear!   This is no mean feat as my eldest […]

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Family Luxe at Le Richemond

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True to my gluttonous nature, I was overjoyed to receive an invitation to savour the new bar menu at Le Richemond in Geneva. To make this foodie premiere even better, I was joined by a group of lovely & enthusiastic Genevan bloggers who share my passion for great cuisine & writing – what more can a blogger ask for? Take a peek here to bask in the glorious gourmandise of my fellow bloggers: c’est un […]

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Geneva’s First Funky Brunch

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As you know, I am always on the lookout for new & scrumptious places for a family Sunday brunch so I couldn’t wait to share this finger-licking tip with you all: the first Funky Brunch will be taking place in Geneva on Sunday 1st of December 2013 at the Fenomeno Bar &  Restaurant in Pâquis (Rue des Pâquis 28).     If you enjoy fresh & local fine food, a great atmosphere and live DJ […]

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What’s On in November

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Here’s our events listings for the month of November, remember to keep checking our blog on a general basis as we will be updating this post with more events each week !   30th October-16th November 2013: “Just So Stories” by Rudyard Kipling at the Simply Theatre Studios in Versoix (Centre de Choiseul, Avenue de Choiseul 23A). How did the cat learn to walk by himself? Why does the elephant have such a long trunk? Where did […]

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Art for Kids

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Do you love art ? Would you like to introduce your little budding artists to some of the world’s most iconic artists ? If so, take a look at the upcoming children workshops organized by Véronique and Sara, founders of La Lucarne in Geneva. Véronique Gonzalez, an archaeologist, and Sara Terrier, an art historian, brought together their skills and passion for the art world to create La Lucarne, an association offering cultural activities for […]

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What’s On in October

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Here’s our events listings for the month of October, remember to keep checking our blog on a general basis as we will be updating this post with more events each week. Have a wonderful autumn & half-term break everyone ! Tuesday 1st October 2013: “Voyage autour du conte et des histoires” storytime from age 4 at the library of La Julienne in Plan-les-Ouates from 4.30pm to 5.45pm. Free entry.   1st-6th October 2013: Salon […]

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It’s Pick-Your-Own Season

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Although many crops have been damaged by this summer’s storms, it is still possible to pick-your-own autumn fruits this season in various farms around Geneva & Vaud. My little monsters had a blast apple-picking in Collex-Bossy last year and we didn’t want to miss it this time round (be it rainy or not!) so we headed to ”Le Panier Gourmand” (domaine d’Avenex, 1274 Signy), a lovely farm run by the Heuberger family, where […]

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It’s a Geneva Mystery

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If, like me, you love it when friends come over to visit but you’re running out of ideas (what to do? where to take them?), you’ll be happy to learn that Genève Tourisme have launched an exciting, new Geneva mystery tour that unfolds around the Old Town’s most iconic buildings.       Starting from the Geneva Tourism office (Rue du Mont-Blanc 18), you will be armed with a mystery tour book and […]

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Puro Gelato

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I’ve already posted about my ice-cream addiction (I was raised in Italy after all!) so please bear with me if I bend your ears about it again. I am afraid I can’t help it as I’ve recently tried and tested one of the most heavenly foodie destinations right in the heart of Thônex. The family and I made our way to Puro Gelato last Sunday afternoon and I was immediately won over by its eco […]

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For The Love of Books

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Without a doubt, one of the nicest  and better-stocked kids bookshops in the Geneva area is La Librerit in Carouge. I stop by whenever I can and always manage to find a new book, board game or activity I know my little ones will love. Conveniently located on Place du Marché – and very easily identifiable by its colourful yellow sign! - La Librerit stocks an amazing selection of children’s books for all ages […]

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Geneva’s Firefighters Museum

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Just when you think you have the whole city sussed and could navigate all its best child-friendly hideouts with your eyes closed, along comes an impressive new discovery in the shape of the Musée du Service d’incendie et de secours – Ville de Genève. To say that this is every little boy’s dream museum would be an understatement: my two little men could hardly contain their excitement as they climbed the […]

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Café maman-bébé

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If you’re expecting a baby or have just moved to Geneva with a tiny little one, you might – as I did – feel a bit lost and in need of support and advice. If this is the case, you can join the monthly Café maman-bébé meetings, organized by the Centre Périnatal in Geneva, a modern centre entirely dedicated to supporting new mums and parents through pregnancy and parenthood. The Centre Périnatal was created 4 years ago […]

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L’Asticot in Geneva

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The story of Swiss ethical label L’Asticot began in 2009, when young mums Christie and Danièle put their creative pencils to paper and designed L’Asticot’s first collection of original, super-wearable, fun & über cool kids’ clothes. I love their colourful, unique designs that are such a pleasure to wear even for the most active and wriggly little monkeys, and I definitely support their ethical commitment to fair trade standards and sustainable development. For me […]

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What’s On in September

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The summer holidays have flown by so fast we barely had time to dry out our bathing suits. Already, it’s time to go back to the old routines but don’t worry as there is still a great deal to do with children in this wonderful area during the autumn months so make the most of our events listings for the month of September. Remember to keep checking our blog on […]

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What’s On in August

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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