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Abondance Abbey

We spent the day in the mountains, in Abondance and Châtel. The Abbey in Abondance is beautiful. The sun shining through the stained glass windows made for colourful shadows around the church.  

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Fète de Genève

We went to the Fête de Genève today, a massive carnival that runs right around the lakeside. Geneva is busy busy busy, lots of tourists come especially for the Fête, and this years Guest of

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1er Août 2009, Fête national suisse

On the 1st August 2009 Switzerland celebrated the country’s 718th anniversary, referring to the creation of the country in 1291, although independance came some time later in 1648. The population voted in 1993 to make

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Mer de Glace – Sea of Ice

Did you know that cut into the glacier at Chamonix Montblanc, there is an Ice Grotto? To get there we travelled on the Montenvers Train, which was built 100 years ago. The train takes around 20

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Jingle bells, Jingle Bells…

I know it is too late for Christmas songs, but this was one that we should have been singing today as we dashed through the snow on our 2 horse open sleigh. We were in

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Escalade and Marmite pots

Geneva celebrates the Escalade each December to commemorate the defeat of the troops sent by Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy in the night of 11/12 December 1602. During that fateful night the Genevoise were

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There’s snow on them hills, Billy Bob

We left Papa sleeping at home and walked down to the village to get rolls for breakfast this morning. It was a beautiful sunny morning with just enough snow on the ground to get the

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

It is SNOWING !!! We noticed just before we put the kids to bed that it has started to snow, big fluffy flakes.   The kids are bound to be up at the crack of

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Baby Plage

We visited the fabulous Baby Plage today, the kids had a great time. The playarea is made of tyres and is not a typical Swiss play area. You do have to be careful with as

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They really do take recycling seriously here in Switzerland

There is a recycling bin for coffee capsules in Carouge            

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Speaking French

I am so proud of myself. I just made an appointment with the paediatrician for daughter. Not a big deal, I hear you say. The receptionist spoke no English and no German. I had to

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Scary Switzerland

Or do the Swiss celebrate Halloween? Well, I don’t know about the rest of Switzerland but here in our village we certainly do. In typical Swiss fashion a list went around the school this week

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Starting school and our first guest

I had an appointment to see the headteacher of the local school on the Friday after we arrived and she told me that the kids could start school right away. Not even a week after

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