Archive for the summer Tag

What’s On in August 2016

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The best season of the year is in full swing, whether you’ll be away, working  or spending more time with your little ones, there is plenty to do in the area for families who wish to enjoy this lovely and sunny time of the year. Remember to keep checking our blog as we will be updating this post with more events each week. SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS: If your children love performing, […]

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Water Fun in Divonne

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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 July 2016

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The kids’ summer holidays have started — can’t believe how fast this school year has flown by, can you? Whether you’ll be away, working or spending more time with your little ones, there is plenty to do in the area for families who wish to enjoy this lovely and (hopefully) sunny time of the year. Scroll down to see the list of summer activities in Geneva and Vaud, who said there’s nothing to […]

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Hic et Nunc

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When it comes to best-kept foodie secrets in the Vaud region, pop-up fish & chips bar ‘Hic et Nunc’ in Grens (VD) is probably up there with the best of them. Although they are open on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm until 10pm throughout the year, summer is the best time to go for a relaxing evening out. When the sun shines, patrons spill out on the courtyard of the old Grens station and […]

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What’s on in August 2015

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The best season of the year is in full swing, whether you’ll be away or spending more time with your little ones, there is plenty to do in the area for families who wish to enjoy this lovely and sunny time of the year. Remember to keep checking our blog as we will be updating this post with more events each week. SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS Take a look at our recent […]

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Free Summer Activities

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In addition to our previous post about enjoying Geneva for free, we have more tips for you on the best summer activities you can enjoy in the area…FREE OF CHARGE — with or without kids! Because summer fun doesn’t have to cost the earth. FREE SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS Geneva: Sortir pour lire, free outdoor activities organized by the Bibliothèques municipales de la Ville de Genève at different locations across town during the months […]

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What’s On in July 2015

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The kids’ summer holidays have started — can’t believe how fast this school year has flown by, can you? Whether you’ll be away, working or spending more time with your little ones, there is plenty to do in the area for families who wish to enjoy this lovely and (hopefully) sunny time of the year. Scroll down to see the list of summer activities in Geneva and Vaud, who said there’s nothing to […]

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Plage de Rolle

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Summer’s back and the sun is out: what could be better than heading to one of the fab beaches on Lake Léman with a picnic basket and your little ones in tow? This weekend we did just that and – eager to try somewhere new – we spent a great afternoon at the Plage de Rolle in Canton Vaud. Located in the chocolate-box-pretty lakeside village of Rolle, this vast, lovely beach is one of the many hidden treasures of La […]

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A Day-out at the Arboretum

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When it comes to Swiss National Parks, the Arboretum in Aubonne is one of the best. A unique botanic park featuring 3,000 different species of trees and shrubs from all over the world’s temperate zones, the Arboretum is open all year-round and is free of charge. Spring and summer are a great time of the year to discover the Arboretum’s orchards, which feature many heritage fruit varieties; “La forêt des abeilles” trail and the pathways meandering across the Aubonne river valley. […]

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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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What’s On in July 2014

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The kids’ summer holidays have started, I can’t believe how fast this school year has flown by! Whether you’ll be away or spending more time with your little ones, there is plenty to do in the area for families who wish to enjoy this lovely and (hopefully) sunny time of the year. Scroll down to see the list of summer activities in Geneva and Vaud, who said there’s nothing to […]

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Life is a Beach

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In a lovely village overlooking Lac Léman and right on the outskirts of Morges lies one of the best family beaches of La Côte region. Yes, I know we’ve already raved about all the fab lidos & beaches around Geneva, but the Plage de Préverenges (VD) is perfect for a family day-out, especially if you have very young children. With its 500 meters of soft sand and shaded lawn, the Plage de Préverenges will make you feel […]

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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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Fun in the Woods

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A forest kindergarten experience in Geneva? Is that possible? Well, according to the information that has just landed in our inbox, yes it is! We haven’t tried them yet, but these summer camps held in the woods around Geneva seem worth sharing so here’s some info and photos to give you an idea of what they’re all about. Ariatelers summer camp for children aged 4 to 8 will be taking place […]

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Beat the Heat

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When a heatwave (“canicule” in French) hits, what you need is some water fun to keep the little buttons happy and hydrated. Take a look at our previous posts “Make a Splash”, “Surfing in Geneva” and “A Perfect Spot for a Picnic” for ideas on some of the best beaches, lidos and summer spots in the area. But, if you’ve tried them all and are looking for something different (& free of charge!), head to […]

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A Midsummer Night at the Bains

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A local treasure with a long history dating back to 1872, the Bains des Pâquis hold a special place in the hearts of those who have lived here all their lives or just for a few years. The Bains des Pâquis are the place to go for a delicious fondue au crémant, a relaxing hammam or a long day at the beach. Not only that, Expat Husband and I love to come to the Terrasse Bar […]

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Surfing in Geneva

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You’ve done it all: walked the cobbled streets of the old town, taken a photo with your arm raised so it looks like you’re holding up the Broken Chair and got your hair wet under the mighty spray of the Jet d’Eau – what else can be added to your living-in-Geneva to-do list? Well, we thought exactly that and yet there was one more thing we were able to add […]

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What’s On in July

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The kids’ summer holidays have started, I can’t believe how fast this school year has flown by ! Whether you’ll be away or spending more time with your little ones, there is plenty to do in the area for families who wish to enjoy this lovely and (hopefully) sunny time of the year. Click here to download the full summer programme of activities in Geneva, who said there’s nothing to do in […]

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Brunch in the Sun

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The summer weather we were all waiting for has finally arrived, so what better time to post our list of favourite places to enjoy a Sunday Brunch in the sun ? Some restaurants are perfect for a relaxed family brunch with very young children while others are better suited to older kids, please let us know what you think and if you have other recommendations to share. Bon appétit and…don’t […]

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Les Fetes de Geneve

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From the 19th of July to the 12th of August 2012 Geneva will be celebrating its fabulous summer fest: les Fêtes de Genève. Check their website for full details on the 10-days line-up of free concerts, Beach Rugby Festival, free dance lessons at the “Scène by Point Bar”, breathtaking firework displays and the thrilling Fête de la Rade sports race. Celebrations start on Thursday 19th of July at the Jardin Anglais with the Scène des […]

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Summer in Geneva

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Summertime in Geneva can seem like a very quiet affair to most expats since many foreign families tend to take the children back to their home-country during school holidays. However, Geneva is far from quiet in summer. On the contrary, it offers numerous fun activities for children and a host of great festivals and events that it would be a shame to miss. So, for all those still in town or planning a visit, here’s our best-of list ! […]

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Brunch at the Farm

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This is one of the local tips I wish someone had given me 4 years ago, so I am very excited to be able to share it now with other expat families in the area. UPDATED MAY 2014 – UNFORTUNATELY, THE FERME DE MERLINGE HAS CLOSED DOWN One day, as I was browsing through some French guidebooks I came across a book called “Le Guide des Restos pour Petits Gourmands” (published […]

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CinéTransat is Back!

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Spring and Summer are definitely the best seasons to enjoy Geneva to the full. Gorgeous weather, longer days stretching into breezy summer nights and a host of fantastic outdoor festivals uncover the city’s cool and laid back charm. One of Geneva’s best summer festivals is, without a doubt, the open-air cinema organised by CinéTransat. The event is not just an outdoor screening of some of the best-loved movies in film history but, most […]

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