A Weekend Around Lausanne (with kids)

What do you get when you combine lush lakeside vineyards, scraggly mountain peaks, French-speaking Swiss and crystal blue waters?  NBC’s new dramedy Grape Expectations, debuting this fall?  No–even better–you get Lausanne and the Swiss wine country towns near it on Lake Geneva!

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View from train above Villette.

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A Weekend on Lake Lucerne (with kids)

Just an hour’s train ride out of Basel, Lucerne (Luzern) and the towns dotting its massive lake are tops for weekend (or day) trips.  With our constant quest to find pools, beaches and kid-friendly activities during the summer heat in Switzerland, we quickly put Lake Lucerne on our to-do list.


Lucerne’s famous covered bridge, built in 1333.

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A Weekend in Venice (with kids, cats and cousins)

It seems Venice, Italy is on everybody’s list of places they’d like to see. We’d never been, but had heard stories recently about how over-crowded and expensive it had become.  We had also wondered what there was to do there when you have two young kids with you.  But, an opportunity to meet up with my cousin and her family as they were touring through town was the extra nudge we needed to book a last-minute weekend trip.  The flight down from Basel was only about an hour long, and we were able to find cheap fares on EasyJet and a nice AirBnB within walking distance of all the major sites. Continue reading