Annecy

Carnival Events

Carnival celebrations are so popular across Switzerland and France that it would be a shame to miss out on all the fun, so here’s a quick run through of the main ones coming up during the month of February 2016. During these street parties you can expect masked parades, Guggenmusiks (carnival marching bands), folk dances, confetti fights as well as street performances and many activities for children. It is also traditional to […]

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What’s On in October 2015

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 2015 Take a peek at our Halloween post for best Halloween parties, events for kids and workshops!   TOY & BOOK LIBRARIES On those gray, drizzly autumn days when nothing seems to placate your little buttons, remember you can visit your local ludothèque for a spot of free […]

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Carnival 2015

Carnival celebrations are so popular across Switzerland and France that it would be a shame to miss out on all the fun, so here’s a quick run through of the main ones coming up during the month of February and March 2015. During these street parties you can expect masked parades, Guggenmusiks (carnival marching bands), folk dances, confetti fights as well as street performances and many activities for children. It is also […]

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Carnival Celebrations

Carnival celebrations are so popular across Switzerland and France that it would be a shame to miss out on all the fun, so here’s a quick run through of the main ones coming up during the month of March 2014. During these street parties you can expect masked parades, Guggenmusiks (carnival marching bands), folk dances, confetti fights as well as street performances and many activities for children. It is also traditional […]

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It’s Désalpe Time

I love to measure our time in Switzerland by its yearly seasonal festivals and now, as summer draws to an end and autumn is about to begin, it’s finally time for 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 events take place in the inner regions of German-speaking Switzerland, Valais and Canton Fribourg, but you can still […]

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Venetian Charm in Annecy

My little muffins’ favourite activity at the moment is dressing-up, and I can tell you it’s not always easy to cook dinner when you’re being ambushed in every corner by Spiderman, Buzz Lightyear and an unusually short Vader. The good news is that February is Carnival time in Europe and Switzerland, so the little monsters will be able to indulge their newfound passion in the open and scare the pants of people […]

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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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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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