January 22, 2014

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

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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December 30, 2013

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Oh la la! … Tourist Fail in Paris

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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November 6, 2013

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

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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October 23, 2013

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Holy Cow!: Bovine Festivities from the “Désalpe” to the “Combat des Reinnes”

Think of Switzerland and one invariably conjures up images of the country’s iconic spirit animal – the contented cow – languidly chewing the cud against a back-drop of alpine wildflowers and snow-capped peaks. This is one national stereotype with more than a grain of truth to it. The country is literally overrun with the beasts! […]

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October 14, 2013

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Allez LUCAF! Allez les gars!: “American” Football in Lausanne

One of the first things that our son Lachlan did upon learning that we were moving to Lausanne, Switzerland was to get on the internet in order to find out if there were any football teams that he could play for. Having recently developed a passion for the game in Toronto, he wanted to make […]

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September 22, 2013

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The Scene that “Funky Claude” Built: the Montreux Jazz Festival

30km east of Lausanne, in the heart of the “Swiss Riviera” near the end of Lake Geneva, lies the town of Montreux. The town has long been a popular escape for the rich and famous, owing to its benign climate, tony hotels, beautiful waterfront, and secluded location. Artists and musicians including Noel Coward, Igor Stravinsky, […]

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September 7, 2013

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Footloose and Child-free in Dubrovnik

After completing the school year here in Lausanne, the kids were eager to spend some time back in Canada attending camp and visiting with friends and relatives over the summer. We were happy to oblige them and take advantage of the freedom to try some new activities in Lausanne and do some traveling on our […]

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August 25, 2013

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Allez Emma! Allez les Vaudoise!

One of the features of life in Switzerland that isn’t much different from our lives in Canada is the central role that sports play in the lives of our kids and the daily routine of our family. While the language, team culture and customs, as well as a few rules of the game may be […]

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May 28, 2013

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Stalking wild ibex and JJ Rousseau in the land of absinthe

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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May 27, 2013

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

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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