Divonne-les-Bains

Water Fun in Divonne

This is going to be an extra short, snippety post to share some photos of the brand new water-play area at Forestland in Divonne-les-Bains (France). We’ve already posted about this fab outdoor park last year, but this year’s best features are definitely the tipping buckets and water-sprays! If you have young children or toddlers this is a perfect way to beat the heat without worrying about deep waters or the cold temperature of the lake. […]

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What’s On in December 2015

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. Remember to keep checking these listings regularly as we will be updating this post with more events each week! KEEP ACTIVE THIS DECEMBER: 4th-5th December 2015: 38th edition of the Course de l’Escalade in Geneva. […]

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Central Park

Possibly one of the best (and largest!) playgrounds outside Geneva, the Avenue de la Gare espace de jeux in Divonne-les-Bains is home to the Central Park café and beer garden. If you’ve yearned for a vast yet safely fenced in playground where the little tykes can burn off all their excess energy, while you sit down for a little breather — ideally with something chilled or steamy (of the cup variety) at hand, then […]

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What’s On in December 2014

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. Remember to keep checking these listings regularly as we will be updating this post with more events each week! KEEP ACTIVE THIS DECEMBER: 5th-6th December 2014: Geneva’s 37th Course de l’Escalade. The Christmas spirit is spreading […]

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What’s On in November 2014

Here’s our events listings for the month of November, remember to keep checking these listings regularly as we will be updating this post with more events each week! PATINOIRES Christmas is not far off and if you’d like to delve deep into the winter spirit, you can grab your ice-skates and join the fun at the ice-skating rinks that are already open for the season, including the patinoire des Vernets and the patinoire […]

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A Scary Night in Divonne

There seems to be no end to the amount of spooktastic family fun to be had this year in the name of Halloween! If you feel your teeth chattering already then La Nuit des Chocottes in Divonne-les-Bains (France) is definitely the event for you. From 5pm on Saturday the 8th of November 2014 little ones aged 3 to 12 accompanied by their parents will be meeting at Divonne’s Hippodrome indoor car park […]

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A Ladybird’s Dream

If you’re looking for a special birthday present or a good quality wooden toy for your little one, you should try the toy shop Rêve de Coccinelle in Divonne-les-Bains. Yes, it is small but it’s such a treasure trove of wonderful educational toys that you will certainly find something unique and different. Laurence, the shop owner, is fantastic: she will take time to understand what you have in mind and show you what […]

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Spring Birthday Ideas

Are you planning a spring/summer birthday party for your children and don’t fancy the idea of the little munchkins spending the entire party indoors when they could be enjoying the glorious outdoors we’re so lucky to have on our doorstep? My little monsters have been invited to some fab parties lately and that gave us the opportunity to check out some new birthday locations, mostly outdoors and with a stellar […]

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Forestland

A classic family haunt facing the Lac de Divonne, Forestland might be nothing new under the sun for many expats living in the area but the family and I spent such a great afternoon there last Sunday that I thought a few pics were in order. As well as their usual attractions & accrobranche tree-climbing courses, Forestland have recently added a new outdoor laser game and a play area with 5 bouncy castles – and […]

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It’s a CrocO’deal

I might be late to the party but CrocO’deal Coffee in Divonne-les-Bains is such a fab child-friendly haven that I can’t resist blogging about it…better late than ever is what I say! If you haven’t been yet, make sure you pop round for a cup of coffee or one of their upcoming activities such as creative workshops, story-time in French, Bébé gym, Zumba or dance classes. Owner Jennifer Letellier opened CrocO’deal Coffee in July 2013: […]

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French-Style Steak & Chips

Recently opened, L’Entrecôte Mademoiselle in Divonne-les-Bains is a great place to enjoy French-style steak & chips at a reasonable price. The family and I, spurred on by a very carnivore husband, decided to try it this weekend and gave it the thumbs up. From its traditional brasserie wooden tables and wine crates to Edith Piaf’s husky tones playing in the background, this is the full French Monty. Just sit down and wait for […]

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Sunday Brunch with Kids

When it’s too cold and rainy to enjoy a family stroll but not cold enough that ski season has already started, a Sunday brunch is a lovely way to cuddle up with your little buttons and relish some good food. We’ve tried many places since our arrival 4 years ago (and believe me it’s not easy to find a place that will satisfy all five of us !) so we’ve compiled our own […]

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It’s BBQ Time

If you’re looking for a fun, easy restaurant that you can enjoy with the kids, why not try the Mongolian BBQ buffet at Le Barbaro restaurant in Grilly ? We tried it out last weekend: Expat Mum well-equipped with baby-wipes and camera, Expat Husband in full Alpha Male mode (“me man, you BBQ”), the boys and Little Miss Cutie super-excited, and it was definitely a good choice for the whole family.     The fixed price per person […]

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Sunday Market in Divonne

A trip over the border to the weekly market in the French spa town of Divonne-les-Bains  is a great way to begin your Sunday. If you are lucky and find a seat outside one of the cafes or bars like L’Aparté, order a beverage and watch the cosmopolitan throng juggle their bags of cherries, vine tomatoes, garlic bulbs, apricots and cherries. Saucisson with nuts, cèpes, peppercorns or simply nature? Perhaps […]

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Make a Splash!

Now that summer is finally here, what better way to enjoy the sunshine than let your little ones splash around in one of Geneva’s paddling pools, lake beaches or great lidos ? Free paddling pools Although we often say that life in Geneva is very expensive, did you know just how many free pataugeoires there are in the city? If you’d like to find out, the official Ville de Genève website has published […]

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Table for Two?

With so many expensive restaurants in Geneva, it’s not always easy to find those that are really worth the hefty bill. What we soon learnt is that the best way to go about it is through word of mouth from local people, colleagues or expats who’ve lived here for a long time. Here’s some of our favourites in and around town, what are yours ? Buffet de la Gare Eaux Vives, Av. […]

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