The Family of 5 - Switzerland


  • Subterranean Lake of St-Léonard (VS) | En
    Subterranean Lake of St-Léonard (VS) | En

    We sailed upon Europe's largest subterranean lake! The lake of St-Leonard is located in Switzerland, along the Rhone valley, between Sion and Sierre in the heart of the Swiss Alps. On Sunday we were invited to go to visit the subterranean lake in Saint Leonard in Valais. If you haven’t heard about it, it’s the largest underground lake in Europe and it’s a pretty special place! We set off ...

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  • The Earth Pyramids of Euseigne (VS) | En
    The Earth Pyramids of Euseigne (VS) | En

    We visited the earth pyramids of Euseigne which are one of Switzerland's most important geological sights. The earth pyramids are very impressive protected monuments in the alps which were created at the end of the last ice age about 80,000 to 10,000 years ago. The pyramids were formed from debris which remained when the ice retreated and were then sculpted by rain and meltwater over the years ...

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  • Lake Murten by bicycle | Murten - Morat (FR) | En
    Lake Murten by bicycle | Murten - Morat (FR) | En

    On Friday we went on a sponsored tour of the lac de Morat by bicycle. What a perfect way to kick off the start of the long weekend and enjoy the weather in beautiful scenery. I think the last time I rode a bike for any length of time was when I was in Mexico about ten years ago. That time I was riding on a rusty and broken old bone shaker of a bike one of my friends had found for me (I suspect ...

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  • Magical Family Destination | Zermatt Matterhorn (VS) | En
    Magical Family Destination | Zermatt Matterhorn (VS) | En

    Since 2013, the destination Zermatt – Matterhorn has been bestowed with the "Families are Welcome" award. So when Zermatt Tourism invited us to see for ourselves whether this award is well deserved, we packed up immediately and after 5 days the experience was far beyond our expectations! Zermatt has been on my Swiss bucket list since before I moved to Switzerland so it’s incredible that we ...

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  • Boat trip to Yvoire (France) | En
    Boat trip to Yvoire (France) | En

    We took the boat to visit the medieval city of Yvoire which is ranked among the most beautiful villages in France. The arrival by boat allows visitors to admire the typical silhouette of this city with its church and castle. The last time we went to Yvoire we were planning our wedding and thinking about taking the boat over with our family for a meal after our civil marriage service in Geneva. ...

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  • Museum für Kommunikation (BE) | En
    Museum für Kommunikation (BE) | En

    We have be introduced to the fascinating world of communication by means of interactive displays, surprising objects and large-scale video screens. After a good nights, the sleep the final stop on our weekend trip was Bern where we had organised a visit to the Communication Museum in Bern (Museum für Kommunikation). It’s easy to find nestled amongst a handful of other museums and having seen...

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  • A weekend in Interlaken (BE) l En
    A weekend in Interlaken (BE) l En

    Next up in our new series of adventures where we focus on a particular city and things to do while visiting, we planned a tripped to Interlaken. Located in Bernese Oberland between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and also surrounded by the three mighty mountains, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. It’s not always easy being an expat. There are times when I desperately miss my family in the UK and wish I...

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  • First Cliff Walk by Tissot | Grindelwald (BE) | En
    First Cliff Walk by Tissot | Grindelwald (BE) | En

    We climbed to dizzying heights on the west side of the First summit and walked on the First Cliff : a thrilling and breathtaking view awaits by accessing this terrace rising 2'168 meters out into the void! On Saturday morning we woke early in our airbnb in Interlaken and set off for the First Cliff walk in Grindelwald. We found it quite hard to understand how this was organised but in fact you...

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  • Sledging in Les Diablerets (VD) | En
    Sledging in Les Diablerets (VD) | En

    We tried one of the longest luge tracks in Switzerland! This 7 km long track in the resort of Les Diablerets, in the Vaudois Alps, is great fun for families! What luck that Alba woke us all up at 5.30 this morning as we had an early start and were ready well in advance of our 8am departure. Thank you Alba!! Today we had an extra pair of hands in the form of Jean’s Aunt Vero (who is also Elio...

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  • Snowshoes and winter hike - La Givrine (VD) | En
    Snowshoes and winter hike - La Givrine (VD) | En

    We visited the Nordic area (comprised of St-Cergue, La Givrine and La Cure) which is perfect for enjoying cross-country skiing in the Jura Mountains. Whenever I look in our cave at home, I am reminded of the phrase “all the gear and no idea” as I pick my way through Jean’s bags and bags of pristine golf clubs, expensive unblemished tennis rackets and shiny brand new ski goggles. Amongst t...

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  • Sel des Alpes - Bex Salt Mines (VD) | En
    Sel des Alpes - Bex Salt Mines (VD) | En

    We discovered the origin of the Sel des Alpes! On this journey of discovery we saw the most spectacular and the most characteristic elements of the various excavation techniques used from when the first gallery was dug out in 1684, right up to modern times. We had been trying to find a good weekend to visit the Salt Mines in Bex for a few months and finally we had some free time last weekend...

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  • Espace des inventions (VD) | En
    Espace des inventions (VD) | En

    We discovered this place of awakening to the scientific, technical and artistic culture for children and families proposing temporary exhibitions. After a day spent largely outside yesterday we opted for an indoor activity today and went to visit the Espace des inventions in Lausanne.  it’s easy to find and parking is plentiful (and free) at the weekend and from there its a short walk to the...

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  • A weekend in Vevey (VD) l En
    A weekend in Vevey (VD) l En

    As part of our new series of adventures where we focus on a particular city and things to do while visiting, we decided to start with Vevey. This beautiful city is now part of the Riviera-Pays-d'Enhaut District and is located in the French-speaking area of Switzerland. We've picked our favourite activities as a suggested itinerary below. Saturday morning l Chaplin's World We embarked on an ext...

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  • Festival International de Ballons - Château-d'Oex (VD) | En
    Festival International de Ballons - Château-d'Oex (VD) | En

    On Saturday we had the great pleasure of attending the Festival International de Ballons at Château-d’Oex in Vaud for the 41st edition of this unique event in the Swiss Alps. If you haven't heard of this before, it’s an amazing gathering of hot air balloons from all around the world combined with a number of other great activities in a beautiful countryside setting.  The festival is curre...

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  • Alimentarium - Musée de l'alimentation (VD) | En
    Alimentarium - Musée de l'alimentation (VD) | En

    We embarked on an educational and interactive gourmet journey around the world of food and nutrition, with numerous layover activities to choose from. Amazing Museum ! As part of our visit to Vevey we planned to visit The Alimentarium last Sunday morning. It was a cold morning and since it was the fête des vignerons we had to drive around a bit before we eventually found somewhere to park by l...

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  • Les Pléiades by lamplight (VD) l En
    Les Pléiades by lamplight (VD) l En

    We walked through the forest by the light of kerosene lanterns at an altitude of 1'400 meters. Magical experience! For the first part of our Vevey experience we had booked to take the Golden Pass train from Vevey to Pléiades for the evening lantern-lit walk.  We chose to take the earlier train and with Alba on Jeans back and Jude on foot without snow shoes (they didn’t have any child's size...

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  • Lake of Montriond & Video family shooting with Studio Polly (France) | En
    Lake of Montriond & Video family shooting with Studio Polly (France) | En

    When I first started planning my move to Switzerland I imagined wonderful crisp winters with piles of snow outside my front door. When I arrived in Geneva however I soon realised that you had to head further up the mountains to really discover this kind of magic, but fortunately there are plenty of amazing places a short drive away from where we now live in Vaud. We were looking for such a spot...

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  • Maison Cailler - La chocolaterie suisse (FR) l En
    Maison Cailler - La chocolaterie suisse (FR) l En

    On Saturday morning we decided to visit Maison Cailler in Broc near Gruyères. On their website, it said "Enjoy an amazing multi-sensory experience at the Maison Cailler chocolate attraction." We certainly did ! We wanted to get there early and managed to arrive exactly at 10.00 when the doors open. We found the disabled parking spaces just beyond the main building with the main parking situate...

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  • Natural History Museum MHN (GE) l En
    Natural History Museum MHN (GE) l En

    We visited Switzerland’s largest natural history exhibition and took a journey through the evolution of mankind. Amazing experience for the little ones and it's free for the family ! Today we decided to head into Geneva to visit the Natural History Museum. We have visited before but last time we chose a rainy Sunday when the museum was very busy so we wanted to go again to get a better look....

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  • Chaplin's World (VD) l En
    Chaplin's World (VD) l En

    We embarked on an extraordinary adventure across time and through the magical world of cinema. We have been moved by one of the most surprising artists of the 20th century. I had some reservations about the level of interest that Chaplin’s World would hold for the children (and to a degree, I must admit, also for me) but what a great place! We had been keeping this visit up our sleeves for a ...

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