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The Marcialonga: Brushes-with-greatness at Italy’s most famous ski marathon

March 10, 2015

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Here’s another post for the xc ski and endurance sports enthusiasts among you. Back in January I traveled to northern Italy to compete in the Marcialonga xc ski race. I enjoyed a fabulous few days of skiing, sightseeing and soaking up the scenery and hospitality of the Dolomite region, and managed to rub shoulders with […]

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Lyon, France: City of Light and Gastronomy (but not light gastronomy!)

January 20, 2015

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One weekend last spring Kathryn and I found ourselves unencumbered by the kids and their sports schedules, so we set off on a quick 24 hour weekend getaway. Our destination of choice: the city of Lyon, France, about which we had heard many good things from other expats. This was also our first experience of […]

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Road-trippin’ on the Mediterranean: St Tropez, Nice, Lucca, Positano, Florence

October 10, 2014

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Last April we did a 10-day road trip along the Mediterranean Sea, with multiple stops in France and Italy, as part of the kids’ annual 2-week spring break. With planned drives of up to 7 hours, cooped up in the car with two teenagers (and worse, two parents!), not to mention a puppy, we weren’t […]

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Racing the Worldloppet circuit in Europe: the Dolomitenlauf, the Transjurassienne, and the Engadin Ski Marathon

August 21, 2014

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This is a post for my xc ski buddies (who are no doubt thinking about xc skiing – in August). As a competitive xc skier I have long fantasized about participating in one of the big Worldloppet series xc ski races in Europe, ever since setting eyes on photos of thousands of skiers snaking across […]

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Just Desserts: Christmas-time in Vienna

August 16, 2014

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Ok, so some kind of blog update is WAAAAAY overdue. So much has been happening over the last few months, I’ve barely had time to sit down at the computer before we’re up to some new adventure. I will try to catch up by the end of summer, beginning with today’s post about a family […]

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Blowing Hot Air: Ballooning in Chateau d’Oex

February 9, 2014

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Last week I found a new way to enjoy the mountains here in Switzerland: floating 10,000 feet up in the air in a wicker basket held aloft by a sheet of nylon and a bunch of hot air. Yep, I went hot air ballooning in the Alps! Every January since 1979, the village of Chateau […]

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ALIEN-ated in Gruyère: the frightening imagination of H.R. Giger

February 3, 2014

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If you’re an expat living in the Lausanne area and have friends and family who plan to visit, then sooner or later you will end up going to the nearby village of Gruyère … again and again … like it or not. Its charming medieval architecture, hilltop view of the bucolic countryside, abundance of fondue […]

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“Soldiers’ graves are the greatest preachers of peace”: Visiting the Canadian WWI memorial at Vimy Ridge

January 22, 2014

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During a recent family trip to Paris, my son Lachlan and I squeezed in a day-trip to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, a memorial site in northern France dedicated to the Canadian soldiers killed in action during the Battle of Vimy Ridge, and World War I in general. Lachlan is a war history buff and […]

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Oh la la! … Tourist Fail in Paris

December 30, 2013

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With the kids on school break for a week in late October we decided to take a quick trip to Paris, which is just three and a half hours away by a TGV train direct from Lausanne. This is a popular weekend get-away for expats here and one we had been looking forward too for […]

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Chasing the Pro Peloton: Part I – Tour de Romandie 2013

November 6, 2013

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As a fan of professional bike racing, one of the great advantages of living in Switzerland is my proximity to many of the great bike races that take place every year in Europe. The Alps, in particular, are an irresistable venue to the organizers of epic stage races like the Tour de France, the Tour […]

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