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Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne

January 27, 2013

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And now for something completely different. Last week I visited what is perhaps Lausanne’s best known art museum, the small but fascinating Collection de l’Art Brut.  The French term “art brut”  translates roughly as crude, raw or unrefined art. The thread running through the collection, which was originally gathered and curated by Jean Dubuffet starting […]

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Switzerland is Flat! (…sort of): Exploring the Plateau region

November 9, 2012

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When North Americans imagine the Swiss countryside we tend to conjure up images of jagged, snowy peaks and high alpine meadows dotted with cows and traditional wooden chalets. Parts of Switzerland are like that, for sure, but did you know that a large part of the country is FLAT? (OK … sort of). Lausanne, where […]

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New beginnings Part II: Living Large in Jouxtens-Mézery

October 28, 2012

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It’s a snow day here in Switzerland, our first serious blast of winter, so it seemed like a good day to update the blog. Since this is rapidly turning into “Graham’s outdoor adventure blog,” I figured it was time to write about something else for a change. So now that we have finally unpacked and […]

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Climbing in Chamonix and Aosta!

October 7, 2012

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Back in mid-September Emma and Lachlan went on trips with the International School of Lausanne, and Kathryn flew to China on business, so I took advantage of the freedom to steal away for a few days of climbing in Chamonix, France, which is about 90 minutes south of Lausanne. Chamonix is pretty much the Mecca […]

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A gastronomic triathlon: chocolate, cheese and wine tasting

September 23, 2012

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A couple of weeks ago we completed a gastronomic triathlon of sorts, combining chocolate, cheese and wine tasting in the space of less than 24 hours. We had our first visitor from Canada, Kathryn’s friend Kelly, who was on route to some business meetings. After reviewing our options for local tourist attractions, we settled on […]

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Dent de Jaman (6151ft) – an easy scramble

September 8, 2012

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This week marked my first venture into the mountains above Montreux to do some hiking and scrambling. I have a climbing trip planned for next week with some potential to climb at altitude (up to 12-15,000ft or over 4000m), so I was looking to spend some time hiking and scrambling at elevation. The peaks around […]

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My first epic ride – the Col de Jaman

September 5, 2012

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If you are not a cycling geek, feel free to stop reading now, as this post may not interest you much. I am just going to describe my first experience with tackling a bona fide mountain ascent in the Alps on my road bike. One of my goals while living here is to ride as […]

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New beginnings Part I: “le Foot feminin” and “American football”

August 31, 2012

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The last few days here in Switzerland have been full of new beginnings for us. After spending much of the last two weeks holed up in our apartment in Vevey (vainly trying to get two grumpy kids excited about our surroundings) our new life began to take shape as we: enrolled Emma and Lachlan in […]

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Cycling in the Lavaux wine region

August 30, 2012

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One of the things that I was most looking forward to in moving to Switzerland was the availability of world class road cycling routes, particularly in the Alps and the area surrounding Lake Geneva. In my previous visits I was particularly excited by the prospect of cycling through the vineyards of the Lavaux wine region, […]

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About and around Lausanne

August 17, 2012

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For those who are curious about where we are living in Switzerland, here’s a quick primer on Lausanne and the surrounding area, along with a few photos. While we are currently staying in a temporary apartment in the town of Vevey (pop.15,000), we will soon move into a rented home in the community of Jouxtens-Mezery, […]

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