Thursday June 15th, 2017

Chemin de fer-musée Blonay-Chamby

Lately I have been somehow very lucky with museum-related contests. First I won two tickets to Kulturama, then a Museum Pass through an Instagram contest, and the last one was a special trip to Chemin de fer-musée Blonay-Chamby from Club 24heures ( I am a subscriber of the newspaper). Many of you should know by now that we love museums, are fans of trains, and I had put this museum on my summer list, so this trip was perfect!

The train museum is located in Chaulin, but to reach there, one must take the special trains either from Blonay or Chamby. Or take MVR train from platform 7 in Vevey and switch in Blonay. But as in our case it was a special trip arranged by Club 24heures, we took a steam train directly from Vevey.

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Tuesday June 6th, 2017

Our Random Train Day

If you have been following the blog for a while, you may remember that we don’t have a car. Thus in Switzerland we rely almost exclusively to public transport, that is thankfully excellent and family-friendly. Since they were born, both our kids have been on and off all kinds of public transports and they are very used to the system. My son has also been a HUGE train lover and it has been his mission to try every single trains in the planet. I’m not kidding!

Thus one day in late February, when he kept asking me to take this and that train instead of our commuter one, I promised him that we would make a “Random Train Day” during the Easter school holiday. On that day, I promised, that both his sister and he could choose whatever train they wished, to go anywhere they wanted. He was over the moon.

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Wednesday May 31st, 2017

Glamping in the Swiss Tubes – in TCS Campsite Gwatt

My kids had been nagging to do camping for the last couple of years. But I, honestly, still like the idea of a comfortable bed at night. So glamping (=glamour camping) was our choice. I had heard about Swiss Tubes since a couple of years ago, so when in January I saw that our Ascension weekend was still free, I made a booking. Note that I don’t think that booking a few months in advance is necessary, but it may be a good idea as the tubes tend to book out.

The next day I received an email to acknowledge my reservation, and in April I receive the confirmation, including the advance payment details. The rate for 2 nights without bedding for 2 adults and 2 children was chf339 (including visitor and state tax). I had to pay chf200 in advance by bank transfer.

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Tuesday May 30th, 2017

What You Must Know: Photographs of Identifiable People in Switzerland

With the warmer months now here, and especially the outdoor swimming pools opened, I feel the need of a re-post as this is a topic that needs to be known and remembered.  (Original post dated June 2015)


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On Saturday 24heures ran an article on regulations of photographing people in public space, in this case within the area of public swimming pools. Yes, that includes photos of own children. Based on this regulations, dated back to decades ago, it is forbidden to take photos at all – though the article also explains that in practice it really depends on the circumstances (Does the child wish to be photographed? Does the child know the photographer? etc)

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Thursday May 18th, 2017

Museum: nest – in Vevey

Only a couple of weeks away from its first anniversary, nest is one of the new museums in the area. If you didn’t get it directly from the name, nest is dedicated entirely to the story of Henri Nestlé, the founder of Nestlé company, and of course all the Nestlé activities and products.

Own by Nestlé, there were many similarities with the other Nestlé-owned museums in the area – the Alimentarium and the Maison Cailler – though nest was the most modern and high-tech of all three. The building by itself was really beautiful – industrial but airy with lots of modern architecture.

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Thursday May 4th, 2017

Launch Your Child’s Future with TechSpark Academy

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As a parent I found it challenging to set a balance over many things in my children’s daily life. One huge challenge is their screen time. On one hand I’d like to unplug them from screens and digital life, and instead enjoy the physical life of their childhood. On the other hand, I feel the pressure to give them the necessary tools for their future life, and one is undoubtedly computer skill.

In the latter case, TechSpark Academy offers exactly that, and more. They go far beyond teaching word processors and spreadsheets. Through the themes that they run in their courses they teach children how to work with professional-grade “off-the-shelf” programs such as Digital Photography and Film or 3D printing, as well as with the basic of robotics and mobile app programming. Instead of playing games or using apps, their students create ones. Their newest offer is Cyber Awareness: Hacking and Defense, which in my opinion, has became more needed than ever before.

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Monday May 1st, 2017

Running Events for Children and Families

My husband and son like running. They have been doing many races in the area in the last few years. My son has ran races since he was almost 4, first accompanied by his dad or me, but he could run by himself since he was 5. I love promoting running races as I believe running is the easiest and cheapest sport a healthy person can do.

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Tuesday April 25th, 2017

Summer Holiday Activities in Lausanne and Around (2017)

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Easter holiday has passed, kids are back to school, it’s time to think of school summer holiday! :)

For those not yet familiar with the school here, school kids in Switzerland have holidays often, approximately every 6 weeks (find the list here). This may create problems to many parents, especially ones who are employed. Chatting around, I found that most employed couple rely on help from grandparents or families (who sometimes fly from another side of the planet). Or hire a temporary nanny when they can afford one. Or they take turns taking off days from their office. But considering the active life of kids, even the stay-at-home parents need programs to keep those little ones and teens happily occupied.

Below I complied different kinds of activities and camps that are offered during the school holidays in Lausanne and surrounding areas. Please click the links for more info.

As a general rule, the winter holiday after Christmas and the Relâches (February) are considered ski holiday thus most of the sport camps offered concentrated into this. For other holidays, activities are more varied.


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Thursday April 6th, 2017

Musée du fer et du chemin de fer – in Vallorbe

We went to Musée du fer et du chemin de fer (Iron and Railway Museum) in Vallorbe in February. It was a beautiful day and we spent the morning bathing at the Centre Thermal Yverdon, then take a bus to Vallorbe.

As most specialized museums in Switzerland, the museum was on the small side, but very well kept. As the name already indicates, it host many iron-related items from the Roman Empire era, to the more current use of iron, railways, and the development of railways in Switzerland.

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Tuesday April 4th, 2017

What to do with Kids: Easter 2017

This is already the last week before Easter holiday for children in Vaud public schools! I have blogged about the available holiday camps here, and below you can find more Easter-related events and activities:

  • Easter egg hunt in Flon, Saturday 8 April 2017 – with make up artist, mini train and egg decorating workshop. Free and without registration (info)
  • Easter Bunny at Micasa Etoy Saturday 8 April 2017 – with make up artist and craft workshop. Free (info)
  • Marché de Pâques in Nyon, 8-9 April 2017 (info)
  • Pâkomuzé offers many programs during the Easter weekend. Registration for most activities started 28 March 2017 (info)
  • Easter egg hunt at Swiss Vapeur Parc in Le Bouveret (Canton Valais), all day during Easter holiday 14-23 April 2017 (info)
  • Coop offers a children workshop to decorate Easter Bunnies on 12 April 2017 (register asap as space is limited)

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