One reason I’m afraid to move back to the U.S.

  This time of year I find myself thinking more and more about stuff. About shoes and gadgets and scarves and face creams. I find myself lured onto websites with the promise of “20% OFF” and Googling “the perfect gift” for family members who would probably be happy to simply spend time together — the […]

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Bite-sized Portugal: Within 25 miles of Lisbon

When I began asking friends where we should visit on our family trip to Portugal, their answers ranged from Porto in the north to Faro in the south, from the Douro Valley vineyards to the Algarve coast. And while I would’ve happily spent two weeks zigzagging across the country, I knew one of us would not […]

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A quick note from Geneva

Bonjour! Bonjour! How are you? Apologies for an extended blogging break. In short, I’ve been busy. In long, I’ve thrown myself into Geneva life. These days I have French courses, toddler music classes, pre-school and playdates. I went out with different friends last Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights! I’m pretty sure I was in […]

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On top of the world: Mont Blanc

  When I was seven years old, my family traveled to Paris where we stayed with our Parisian friends. The parents, who have four children, asked me what I wanted to do in Paris. I said I wanted to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower. They looked baffled. None of them had ever […]

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Hop Suisse! Hopp Schwiiz! Forza Svizzera!

…or Happy Swiss National Day from Geneva! August 1 marks the anniversary of when the Swiss Federal Charter was signed in 1291 bringing together “three Alpine cantons [who] swore the oath of confederation.” That charter is also why Switzerland’s actual country name is the Confederation Helvetique or simply “CH.” All over Switzerland today you will […]

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How to summer like a European

While many of the American blogs I read are already using the phrases “end of summer” and “back-to-school,” Europeans are giddily preparing for the beginning of their real summer: August 1. Schools are out of session. People are leaving town. The restaurant downstairs has put up a sign that reads “See you in September!” Because […]

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Have a sunny weekend…

  …even if the forecast is thunderstorms, like it is here in Geneva. We might head to Lausanne tomorrow to visit the aquarium and our favorite burger spot. What are you doing? Meanwhile, here are a few, fun links for weekend reading: The best time to expand your kid’s food palate  Surprising things about French […]

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