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A Roman Holiday

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Did you know that the lakeside town of Nyon in Canton Vaud is over 2,000 years old? Founded by the Romans between 50 and 44 BC, Novidonium grew to be one of the most important Roman colonies in modern-day Switzerland. If you’d like to take a (giant!) step back in time and learn about everyday life in ancient Roman times, don’t miss ‘Une journée romaine à Nyon‘ on Saturday 11th of June […]

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Best Ice-Cream Parlours

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We’ve already posted a list of our favourite ice-cream parlours in June 2013, but so many new Italian gelaterie have opened in the area that it’s probably time for a little update, just in time for summer. Italian-style gelato is soft, creamy and simply scrumptious, with a texture that’s entirely different from that of mass-produced ice-cream. The list below only includes Italian gelaterie in the Geneva & Vaud area because, to be […]

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Les Puces de Nyon

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If you love scouring flea markets for unique finds, don’t miss the next Puces de Nyon market, which takes place on the last Sunday of every month in the lovely lakeside town of Nyon (VD). Stretching along the lakeside and with the spectacular backdrop of the Château de Nyon perched high on the hill, this flea market is probably one of the most scenic in the area.       The market stalls […]

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Bouke de Vries in Nyon

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If you happen to drive past Nyon in the next few weeks, why not make a stop to visit the Bouke de Vries exhibition at the Château de Nyon? “Bouke de Vries. Fragments” will run until the 12th of April 2015, and it’s a great opportunity to see a series of artworks by the London-based Dutch artist, some of which have been especially created for the Nyon Castle museum and inspired by its historical porcelain […]

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Playtime at the Ludotheque

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What makes the much dreaded rentrée more exciting and fun? For us, discovering that some of our favourite family haunts have undergone a superb makeover and are now even better than before. This was the case last week when I dragged my little grumpy monsters back to the Ludothèque de Nyon to return the toys they’d borrowed over the summer to discover the whole place had been renovated and filled with a selection […]

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What’s On in September 2014

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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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Pirates Ahoy

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Nyon Plage is now fit for budding pirates! After its recent renovation, the Plage communale des Trois-Jetées in Nyon features a fantastic wooden pirate ship, complete with slide and command room. We’ve talked about Nyon plage before, but this new facelift is just too fantastic not to be documented with a few more photos. There’s no parking right next to the Plage communale des Trois-Jetées, so you will have to park a bit further […]

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IGusti of Nyon

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Yes, plenty has already been written about gelato on this blog but when we accidentally come across a new place where delicious (& very honestly priced) homemade ice-cream is served, well…we simply must share photos and full details. The new IGusti gelateria artigianale in Nyon on Rue Neuve 5 is right next door to Le Capitole cinema. Their irresistible, creamy gelato is made according to old Italian traditions and scooped using a ‘paletta’, hence the skillful, elegant swirl […]

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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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A Ribambelle Birthday

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Last week we celebrated my middle son’s birthday and – for the second year in a row – we booked our favourite party venue: La Ribambelle in Nyon (VD). This is such a fantastic place to hold a young child’s birthday (and very honestly priced too) that I just had to share some pictures here – I know it is very popular and very well known but just in case some of […]

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Pizza for Two?

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You know the exhilarating feeling you get when a family member/trusted friend offers to look after your little rascals for the evening, so that you can enjoy a night out with your better half? Well, for me, that felling is always accompanied by a panicked frenzy. As used as I am to thinking of the little buttons first and choosing restaurants accordingly (“Do they have highchairs? What about a play […]

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All Aboard

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This weekend the little pirates & I spent a lovely Sunday afternoon at the Musée du Léman in Nyon. Recently renovated, this great museum is an ideal destination for a family day-out: not only it’s child-friendly and very interactive but it’s located just next to one of Nyon’s best playgrounds, facing Lake Léman & its stunning views. And when your visit is over, you can take a stroll in Nyon’s old town and […]

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Chocolate & Coffee Heaven in Nyon

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Every excuse is good when it comes to chocolate: Xmas, a gift for friends or just a well-deserved treat for yours truly. As expats living in the land of chocolate, we’re quite lucky to have all this deliciousness at our fingertips so how could I resist the temptation of trying out a new chocolaterie when I heard a foodie friend rave about it? Enter Claudio Corallo‘s teensy new chocolaterie & coffee […]

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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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Outdoor Fun in Nyon

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Calling all exhausted mums: if you live in the Nyon area and are looking for a lovely playground where your little monkeys can clamber to their hearts’ content while you have a sneaky little sit-down, head for the place de jeu “Lignes d’aventure” at the Plage des Trois-Jetées. This fab outdoor climbing area – suitable from 3 to 12 years of age – is located next to Nyon plage (walk from Route de […]

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Summer of Gelato

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I know the time has come for this post to be published, but a part of me is still a bit reticent: after the spring we’ve had so far, I wouldn’t want to jinx it… but summer must go on so here’s our top spots to enjoy the best gelato, this side of the Alps. To me, nothing screams scorching summer’s days more than a cone of deliciously creamy Italian gelato. […]

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Swiss Style Fish & Chips

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The family and I came across the Restaurant la Nautique in Nyon a few weeks ago, completely by chance. It was a sunny Saturday morning and we were taking a lakeside stroll from the gorgeous gardens of the Conservatoire de l’Ouest Vaudois, along rue des Pecheries and towards Nyon’s town centre. This is actually a lovely lakeside walk, complete with handbook mountain-views and plenty of sailing boats to delight all aspiring little sailors. This […]

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What’s On in April

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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 ! Read our previous post to find all the best child-friendly places to enjoy a delicious and stress-free Sunday brunch with your […]

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Expat Mumpreneurs in Nyon

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Last Thursday, I could not resist the opportunity to visit again The Desalpes Company’s Home and Lifestyle collection at their mid-winter fair in Nyon. Having already purchased one of Mikée Westerling’s iconic Swiss Army Blanket cushions (which was given the seal of approval by all the family as you can see in this photo) ‘ we ‘ wanted another. If you’d like to see more of Mikée’s collection, visit The […]

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Baby Storytime in Nyon

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If you’re the proud parents of a little bundle aged between 7 and 12 months and you love books, don’t miss the baby storytime organized at the Librairie Gaspard Le Canard (The Reading Duck) in Nyon on Thursday 6th of December 2012 at 10am.   It’s never too early to introduce your little buttons to the joys of reading, and it’s true what they say: books are great for babies too […]

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Kids Theatre in Nyon

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Have you ever been to one of the theatre shows for kids at L’usine à gaz in Nyon (VD) ? It’s absolutely worth it and the shows are great: a bit surreal, a bit whimsical but always 100% adorable. I love the atmosphere of this little theatre (which is also a music venue and cultural centre for various exhibitions) because it reminds me of the small fringe theatres in London that we used […]

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Playtime in Nyon

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Last Saturday we came across this fantastic playground in Nyon. It faces the lake (great views are guaranteed!) and is right next door to the Musée du Léman. The playground is called Place de jeux du Bourg-de-Rive (click here to see the map) and there’s an underground car-park just a few meters away.   The Place de jeux du Bourg-de-Rive is around 100 square meters, it’s fenced all around and is for […]

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The Tintin Connection

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With the release of Spielberg’s 3D movie last year, cartoon-character Tintin has enjoyed a well-deserved revival. But did you know that there is a special connection between Hergé‘s hero and Geneva? I didn’t, so I am quite chuffed to add this to my list of Swiss trivia for buffs. It is in the 18th book of the Tintin series, “The Calculus Affair” (“L’Affaire Tournesol” in French) that the eponymous reporter […]

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Caribana Festival: The Lights Are On!

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Get your dancing shoes on for the 22nd edition of the Caribana Festival, which takes place this week from Wednesday the 6th of June till Sunday the 10th in Crans-sur-Nyon, Canton Vaud. This year’s line-up is looking pretty amazing with names such as Gossip, Lou Reed, Marina & the Diamonds and Charlie Winston set to get the mood going on one of Switzerland’s finest music festivals. With a unique mix of styles […]

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Discover Nyon’s Flea Market

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The flea market in Nyon (les puces de Nyon) is a delightful way to while away a few hours, winding through the streets of the lower village and snaking along the lake front from the Port to the Rive-Est. Those traders lucky enough to secure a lakeside pitch make clever use of the port walls to display their quirky wares: from a miniature of the Parthenon in Athens to a […]

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