Days-out in Nearby France

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

My galette au sucre nearly all gone !

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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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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The Cascades du Hérisson

Lac du Val

I cannot believe that, although we have lived in Suisse Romande for six years, we’ve only just discovered an absolute gem so close to Geneva: the Cascades du Hérisson, located between Doucier and Bonlieu in the French region of Franche-Comté. This valley of 31 waterfalls and torrents is stunning and the drive from St Cergue/Les Rousses/Saint-Laurent-en-Grandvaux is beautiful (approx. 1.5 hours from Geneva, click here to see the map). You may be more familiar […]

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Les Grandes Medievales

Giacomo 4th School BParty 023

If you have young children that are going through their “medieval knight” or “princess” phase then don’t miss Les Grandes Medievales, the fantastic medieval festival in Andilly (France) taking place on the 18th-19th and the 25th-26th of May 2013. Andilly is only a short drive from Geneva and offers amazing views over the city of Calvin. We have been already twice to see this fantastic historical re-enactment, complete with joustling tournaments, knights on […]

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