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Jardin Botanique

August 6, 2015 • BabyGenevaStyle

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i love botanical gardens – they’re the perfect setting for a leisurely sunday stroll. especially the one in geneva, which has beautiful greenhouses filled with succulents and palm trees. kinda makes me feel like i’m in california instead of switzerland.

a while ago we headed out with our BUGABOO stroller which we converted from bassinet to seat for the first time. at only four months old, it’s actually a bit early for juliet, but she positively hated being confined to the bassinet and staring up to the sky. we felt like she got bored too easily, so we decided to allow her to take in her surroundings during our walks. at what age did you guys change your stroller to the seat?

it was also the first time out and about with my JOSEFINA diaper bag, which i think fits our stroller (and my wardrobe, ahem) just perfectly. it’s the perfect size to bring everything you might need on a little trek into the city. on this particular outing though, i may or may not have forgotten to pack juliet’s milk powder… our lovely trip into geneva ended with a frantic crying match in the car on the way home because the poor thing was hungry and mom of the year forgot to bring her food. that’s life, i guess? i tried to make all the mom guilt go away with an extra cuddling session that evening though.

stroller by BUGABOO // bunny blanket from miniwilla via STUDIOAIMEE // diaper bag from JOSEFINA // dress by ESSENTIEL // leather jacket from COMPTOIR DES COTONNIERS // shoes from ZARA // handbag by PROENZA SCHOULER // watch from DANIEL WELLINGTON
photos by stephanie duval and matthias rabaey

Exploring Plainpalais

June 15, 2015 • BabyCoffeeGenevaTravel

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when we decided to start a family together, my husband and i promised each other not to let it change us too much. after all, being parents doesn’t have to stand in the way of your passions. instead we vowed to share our interests and lifestyle with our kids from early on, so that they’d become part of our lives, not the other way around. but the first two months with juliet were a lot more challenging than expected, and after a while i started panicking – was this it? was my life always going to be like this? i felt cooped up in our apartment because going anywhere with a hysterically crying baby was not my idea of having a good time. for a brief moment, i even thought – help, what have i done? i loved my life before and was scared that i’d never be able to travel or do fun stuff again.

of course i was wrong, and i see now that i got carried away by a combination of hormones, sleep deprivation and the guilt i felt when we were not able to take away juliet’s pain. she’s doing so much better now, and it feels as if we have started breathing again. we traveled to belgium to be with our family and friends, and we took juliet to our favorite places, slowly introducing her to our roots and loved ones. when we got back to switzerland, we finally picked up our lives again. this weekend, we went to explore our favorite neighborhood in geneva.

plainpalais is definitely the most creative and ‘happening’ area in town. about half a year ago, it welcomed geneva’s very first third wave coffee bar, BIRDIE. right across the street i bumped into OU BIEN ENCORE, a new cute lunch place and foodie shop. a bit further down the street you’ll find one of our favorite restaurants, CAFE DES BAINS and the beautiful MEG museum with its lovely café and garden. it’s definitely my favorite place to while away the hours during the weekend, and i was pleasantly surprised to discover that having a baby doesn’t need to change that. we took juliet with us in her BUGABOO CAMELEON, and she was perfectly content during our walk. i wish she would nap more easily on the go, but when she got super tired and didn’t want to give up the fight against her sleepiness, i could rock her into a little nap while drinking my cortado at birdie.

it felt really good to be able to spend our time the way we wanted to, and to just wing it with juliet. we always bring everything we need to prepare her bottles so we can feed her anywhere, and we’ve become experts in folding and unfolding her stroller quickly and efficiently, without losing too much time. so this will definitely not be the last time we go out exploring with her.

OU BIEN ENCORECAFE DES BAINSBIRDIEMEGslip-ons by GAPjeans by 7 for all mankind via FRANCIS FERENTshirt by ZARApurse by PROENZA SCHOULERjuliet’s dress by ZARA MINIjuliet’s headband by HAPPY LEONIEphotos by stephanie duval and matthias rabaey

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