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Halloween Events 2018

Here’s a run-through of the most spooktacular Halloween events coming up this October. Keep checking the list below as we will be adding more family-friendly events as we dig them up! You’ll also find that many parents at local Swiss schools now get together to take the children trick or treating on Halloween night, so make sure you check with your local Association de parents d’élèves and your neighbours to see if they are organizing […]

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What’s On in October 2018

Here’s our events listings for the month of October, remember to keep checking our listings regularly as we will be updating this post with more events each week. Halloween 2018: take a look at our Halloween post here!    APPLE-PICKING: Autumn is the season to go apple-picking with the kids, just find the closest farm to you and bring a sturdy bag. Make sure you check with them when picking starts, as it may […]

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L’Envie – New Wine Bar

Looking for a new place to meet with friends for a drink and some tapas after work or at the weekend? Then look no further than the new bar à vins L’Envie in the heart of the quaint lakeside town of Morges, Canton Vaud. At lunchtime, they serve up a seasonal menu of plats-du-jour at fixed prices, while in the evenings they offer tapas & charcuterie platters to share, accompanied […]

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Sunday Brunch: Latest Openings

The last few months have seen a flurry of new restaurants and gastro pubs openings in the region, serving up truly delish Sunday brunch. Here’s a couple of suggestions to get you through a rainy Sunday! 1. Blackbird House in Rolle, Grand rue 71 (VD) : fantastic new gastropub popular with young families, with a real buzz and fun vibe – exactly the mood booster you need on a drizzly November day! See photo below for their weekend […]

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Café Ex-Machina

Another great address for those living in the Nyon area is the Café Ex-Machina, not a new opening but a great discovery nonetheless. Located right next to the Roman Museum in Nyon, the Café Ex-Machina has a lovely outdoor terrace too: a great spot to watch the world go by on a sunny day!         The décor is industrial chic, yet cozy & relaxed, perfect to snuggle […]

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Garden Centre Café

Opened a couple of years ago but recently renovated, the Café Agnès at Schilliger Garden Center in Gland it’s one of our favourite places in the area.   Open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday (and on selected Sundays, check the store’s website for more details), this indoor garden café is great for a snack with the little ones or a catch up with friends. The drinks list includes specialty […]

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Le Refuge de Florimont

Following on from our previous post about the best fondue restaurants in and around Geneva here’s a recent discovery we hope you will enjoy as much as we did! Perched only 6 km away from the Col de la Faucille in Gex (France), Le Refuge de Florimont serves up some delicious alpine specialities such as tartiflette, potence, reblochonnade, raclette, fondue, pierrade and Gexiflette.       This is the perfect place to bring family and […]

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Swiss Museum of Games

Housed in a beautiful 13th century castle and surrounded by an outdoor games trail as well as a fab playground, the Musée Suisse du Jeu is one of the best child-friendly museums in Switzerland & definitely one of our favourites.     The Musée Suisse du Jeu is located in La Tour-de-Peilz (VD) about one-hour’s drive from Geneva, right on the picturesque shores of Lake Léman and just a short walk from the Alimentarium in Vevey, so […]

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Help Your Expat Kids Cope

“Oh, they’ll be fine! Children are amazing aren’t they? They just soak up languages like a sponge” I have lost count of the amount of times I have heard this. Almost the same amount of times as the absurd question: “is she a good baby?” I have heard it come out of my own mouth a few times, like a tape recording. I simply don’t want to get into the […]

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The French Village of Pérouges

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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As Easy as Tu or Vous

The use of ‘tu’ and ‘vous’ adds to the difficulty of the French language. Being a foreigner, you will be forgiven for a ‘faux pas’ and admired for getting it right. In order to use ‘tu’ and ‘vous’ at the right time you have to rely on the social context. ‘Vous’ is always used reciprocally in a professional context: whether you are a customer or a professional person, you’ll both address each other […]

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Life in Annecy

Have you ever dreamt of moving to Annecy, one of France’s most beautiful cities known as the Venice of the Alps for its canals and waterways? If so, read our interview with local resident Brigitte, a French mother-of-three who’s also lived in England and the Philippines as an expat spouse. For those of you wishing to practice their language skills, we have left the original French text in, as well! GFD: […]

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Great Days Out with the Kids

Spring is the best time to get out of Geneva and explore Switzerland (it’d be even better if it stopped raining, enough is enough now). We’ve still got a lot to go through on our bucket list but here’s some of the places we’ve visited so far, which the children have really enjoyed. We hope it will help if you’ve recently moved here and are looking for ideas for fun days-out. Please […]

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