Fresh Air Kids – What People Are Saying

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Writing a book is an incredible experience, especially when that experience has been a life-long dream. We still smile whenever we touch our book, flip through the pages and see images of my children with hiking boots on in remarkable locations.

Having that said, Fresh Air Kids Switzerland is so much more to us than just a hiking book. For us, it is about connecting families to the natural world. Teaching children, or, the next generation, to care for a world that desperately requires our love and attention. It is about slowing down, returning to our roots, and finding tiny miracles on a network of trails that is vast, gorgeous and accessible. It is about falling in love with the outdoors, awakening our senses and discovering moments that leave us with tears in our eyes and wonder in our souls.

We are grateful for all of the support we have received as we promote our book and as we continue to share our love of nature with families across Switzerland.  Our deep hope is that we have done right by our readers and continue to spark awe and joy through the hikes we share with you. Be well and hike on!

Here is what people are saying about Fresh Air Kids Switzerland…

“Thank you for the amazing book.” – Amanda

Thanks Fresh Air Kids for all the tips and suggestions. We went on our first hike from your book to Reinach on the Skulpturenweg and enjoyed every minute of it. It was so handy to know before hand details like how many kilometers it was and roughly how much time we would need. Already planning our next hike. Thanks again, your book really entices one outdoors and what’s more, its incredibly helpful for inexperienced hikers like ourselves. It’s fabulous. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Rozanne

Discover new places, make new friends, and live the Switzerland dream! Fresh Air Kids is for all ages and our family of teens were very thankful for the tips provided by the Grindelwald First hike. We discovered a suspension bridge, woke up to unbelievable views and enjoyed the cable car ride back down the mountain. This book is a must have for every out door backpack. –Nicole Scoles, Basel West GGG Stadtbibliothek Librarian

“I love the quality of the book and the texture of its pages.”

“Finding our way with a useful resource.” – Julie

For more information on our book, please click here.

 

 

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Basel – Mexican Food

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After spending years living in California, it is easy to say, we love good Mexican food. That can also lead us to say that living in Switzerland makes it pretty hard to enjoy delicious, authentic Mexican food. Sigh…

We have tried for years to experience the type of Mexican food that leaves our mouths watering with a burrito in hand and fond memories of our once California life. It just doesn’t happen. That is, until recently when we had the opportunity to meet some dear friends at a new restaurant in Basel – Cartell. Yum!

Cartell serves up authentic, homemade, delicious Mexican food in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Not only is the vibe of the restaurant chill and relaxed (yes to that), the staff might just pull up a seat, share a drink with you and dive into their life stories.  When the current Chef, Rudolfo did just that, we felt as though we were dining at a good friend’s house making our experience that much more enjoyable.

So, if you are hankering for some hardcore, authentic Mexican food, head over to Cartell located at: Henric Petri-Strasse 24 – 4051 Basel. We promise, you won’t be disappointed!

We had a rule, which we have now broken on multiple occasions. The latest installment of rule breaking happened on our eighth or ninth trip to Mallorca. Shoot, we were only supposed to go once, but there is something about that island that pulls us back. Perhaps it steams from the early days of our marriage when we stumbled upon dreamy pictures of that island that left us pining for a romantic anniversary destination. Or it could quite possibly be that we reside in a landlocked country that doesn’t have an ocean of its own. Maybe it is the fact that we can fly there in less than two hours. Or the sight of our children splashing in the ocean, running down the shores of the salty sea like puppies freed at last, we sigh in their delight. Or the warm embrace we receive each time we visit our dear friends that call the island home. Those hugs, those familiar faces and the meals we share gathered around a table that warm and welcoming all inspire us to return.

Read to your children…

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As we get ready to head back to school, as a parent and an educator, I have one piece of advice…read to your children. We love to read while we gather around the breakfast table still sleepy and groggy. It feels like a beautiful way to send off our children for the day that is waiting for them. I have created this little tradition of reading chapter books, poetry or true stories about real people each morning as they eat their morning meal, but truly, anything will do. Whenever we don’t have the time to read before starting the day, I feel as though something is missing, as if I have cheated them out of something magical.

So before you rush off into the madness of a new school year, read. Read at the breakfast table, on a tram or bus, or as your little people drift off to sleep. Reading is a time to slow down, to bond and to create a love of the written word for years and years to come.

Family Hotel Gorfion – Malbun, Liechtenstein

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The hotel greeted us with open arms and our children immediately ran to explore their new surroundings. Nestled in a remote and peaceful valley, Family Hotel Gorfion in Malbun, Liechtenstein was exactly the type of holiday we needed as a family. The hotel knows what children and parents need in order to offer respite from the day – to – day stress that often bogs us down as we try to juggle all the demands of raising a young family.

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As the morning sun peeked out over the horizon we would slowly make our way to the outdoor playground for a morning swing, or dig before eating a hearty breakfast. After breakfast, we fell into the true rhythm of the hotel and encouraged our children to play, create and explore with others in the child care, while we set off to discover the beautiful peaks that dominated the landscape. After a few hours of solo hiking, we would return to pick – up our always happy children, who were all too eager to tell us what they had done in our time away. We would then enjoy a family lunch and participate in an afternoon activity with the children. For us, the hotel offered the perfect blend of family time and the alone time we desperately needed as a couple.

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For those parents who are raising their children alone (think expat life), hotels such as the Family Hotel Gorfion might just be the perfect solution to finding the alone time you crave as a couple. This was our first mini-vacation that actually felt like a holiday, as we were able to hike as a couple, talk as adults and relish in each others company. Our time alone was enhanced by the fact that our children were able to play, meet new friends and create their own memories away from us. Children need breaks from their parents as well!

With incredible child care available onsite, amazing activities to keep our children entertained and a ton of onsite amenities, this establishment restored our faith in family hotels. To learn more about the hotel, please visit their website, but we have provided a quick overview of the amenities and services the hotel provides for families.

Rooms:

  • Small but adequate
  • Immaculate
  • Modern
  • Perfectly accommodated our family of four (small bunk beds were available with side rails for the children)
  • A small table and chairs were also in the room for the children to use for coloring, eating, etc.
  • Robes were provided for the entire family to use at the pool or spa

Facilities/Amenities:

  • A small, indoor swimming pool available onsite (our children loved this)
  • A great playground outside just by the terrace so that the parents could enjoy a drink or meal, while the children jumped on the trampoline, dug in the sand – pit, enjoyed the swings, played ping pong, or rode the many Bobbi cars available
  • Kinder Care – check website for details and hours
  • Strollers available onsite
  • Hiking Backpacks available onsite
  • Spa for adults
  • Lounge for adults
  • A common area that offered a refrigerator, washing machine and dryer and microwave oven! Amazing!

Meals:

  • Drinks available all day at children’s level so they could help themselves
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Snacks in the afternoon
  • Lunch
  • Dinner – parents can opt to eat with or without children
  • Fresh baby meals prepared daily onsite with organic and local ingredients. Parents of small children are provided with a menu to select meals from. Wow!

Needless to say, we all had a lovely time and our children were quite sad when we told them it was time to go home.

Hotel Website: http://gorfion.s-hotels.com/en/family-children-hotel-switzerland-austria

SwissPats – Podcast Interview

Hello there! We hope you are having a glorious summer. We are spending loads of time in the mountains, hiking and exploring. Yeah to the Swiss Alps for making summer so magical!

We recently had the opportunity to appear on the podcast, SwissPats hosted by Suzi Lyon and Don Delco. Thank you for the invitation to sit down and chat with you both. It truly was a pleasure!

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If you are interested in learning more about life as a Swiss Expat and our latest book, Fresh Air Kids – 52 Inspiring Hikes That Will Make Kids and Parents Happy, have a listen.

The podcast will roll out on August 7th.