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Wetting our feet in the Arab World: a beach holiday in Oman

March 25, 2015

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Just before last Christmas we did something we almost never do … we went on a beach vacation. Now, ordinarily, lying on a beach all day, sun-tanning and ordering drinks from the pool bar, is not our kind of thing, but after a very busy autumn of work and school for Kathryn and Emma (respectively), […]

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Taking a beating on Mt Ventoux (in the land of the Marquis de Sade)

October 15, 2014

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I’ve had some incredible cycling experiences since moving to Switzerland two years ago, few of which I’ve shared on this blog. The truth is, given the choice between cycling in the Alps or blogging about it, I choose the former almost every time, so I seldom take the time to sit down in front of […]

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Now we are five! Introducing “Coelle”

October 1, 2014

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By far the most exciting development in our household since moving to Switzerland hasn’t been all the travel opportunities or easy access to chocolate but, rather, the addition of a fifth member to the family – tiny and adorable “Coelle” – our (relatively) new dog, who joined us last February. Back in Toronto in 2012, […]

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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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Stalking wild ibex and JJ Rousseau in the land of absinthe

May 28, 2013

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On a holiday Monday last week Kathryn and I drove into the Jura mountains near Neuchatel, about an hour away, to do some hiking. Our plan was to check out a rock feature called the Creux du Van, a giant horseshoe-shaped cliff-face or cirque that the Swiss sometimes compare to the Grand Canyon. The Creux […]

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“What doesn’t kill me …”: Channeling Nietzsche in the Engadin Ski Marathon

May 27, 2013

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The following post is primarily for the cross country ski nerds (you know who you are), but if you enjoy beautiful mountain scenery and/or German philosophy, there’s something here for you too. Confused? Read on. Back in early March, Graham traveled to the Engadin Valley in the far southeastern corner of Switzerland to participate in […]

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“If it’s Tuesday this must be Beijing”: Globetrotting with Nestlé in 2012-13

May 20, 2013

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Hard to believe but it’s been more than a year since I moved to Switzerland. In my not-so-new role, I’ve had the privilege of being able to travel to pretty much every continent.  While I’d have loved to have created a travel log for all my trips, time simply hasn’t allowed this. Here’s a quick […]

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5 Days in Cinque Terra

April 8, 2013

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The International School of Lausanne is in the midst of a two week break right now, so we decided to take advantage and do some more traveling together as a family. After weighing a number of options, including Morroco and Turkey, we decided to travel down to Cinque Terra, on the Mediterranean coast of Italy, […]

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Awesome Wheels: a photo gallery

November 23, 2012

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One thing you notice in most European cities is how many luxury sports cars there are on the roads, especially in affluent areas like the Swiss Riviera. The restaurant and hotel parking lots  are full of them. Now, I’m no sports car fanatic, but I do appreciate the looks of a fine automobile, and so […]

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