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Hi, my name is Michelle Walz and I am the founder of expatparent.   I offer services to parents, parents-to-be, and new arrivals to Switzerland.  I also lead workshops for perinatal professionals.  From Consultations, to Workshops & Groups, to Online Support, the options are diverse.  I also write blogs that cover topics relevant to expatriate parents (as the page name suggests!).  Take a look through my pages, below at the blogs, or use the search to browse through old topics.


Morges Tulips

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Banner welcoming visitors to the Festival

Every year, the lakefront in Morges and its Parc de l’indépendence are abloom in all the colours of the rainbow: reds, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, indigos, violets! And not just tulips: daffodils (narcissus), hyacinths, forget-me-nots, pansies, violets, and more.

The weather has been so great this year that I made a visit to Morges yesterday and its “Fête de la tulipe”. We chose to take the train rather than drive, which was by far the best decision as there was only one train fare to pay (my son has a yearly junior travelcard). Four trains per hour from Nyon and 15-20 minutes there, it was an easy 30 minutes door-to-door.  If you have a larger family, driving and parking is likely a better option (though finding a spot if you arrive late in afternoon may be tricky).

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We left just before 13:00 to get to Morges during the lunch break: i.e. when most people are still eating lunch, either at home or at one of the many restaurants in Morges.  It was the perfect time to arrive: the town was clearly full, but most visitors were sitting down, so it was an easy walk into town, along the lake-front and into the park.

 

We walked through town rather than down rue de la Gare and came to the Quai de Mont Blanc and entered the IMG_2562park on the West side by the Chateau and Place de la Navigation. Right on the left of this entrance is where the tents are set up and where you can buy food, flowers and raffle tickets.  It’s also possible to walk down Rue de la Gare from the station and enter from the lake road. For the latter, you’ll see a large banner right as you get to the park.  If you take other routes there are posters and flags.

As of 7 April 2014, most of the flowers are in bloom, though there are several groups of tulips here and there which have not yet openend and will likely open later this month (if it’s warm & sunny), meaning that there should still be flowers to see at the end of the month.

IMG_2633Entering the park, the first thing you might notice is that tulips do not just come in primary colours. There are yellows with bright red/orange centers, dark & light pinks, violet, and the more common reds. The petals are all different shapes and sizes, rounded, pointy or in bunches.  A sole flower on the end of the stem or even a bunch of buds.   A wonderful variety.

The flowers continue in planters along the lake and are mixed with other types of flowers, bushes and conifers. It’s great to see them planted in groups the park and in smaller arrangements in the planters.

My son ran from one group of flowers to the next and took upwards of 100 photos!  So if you have a budding photographer (pun intended) or simply enjoy the outdoors, it’s definitely worth a trip.

 

 


Maternity Rights in CH

In June of 2013, the Swiss parliament adopted a new law with regards to insurance costs in case of pregnancy.   This new law came into force on the first of this month (01 March 2014).   Essentially, there was a modification to the federal law on health insurance (LAMal).  The law now stipulates that from the 13th week of pregnancy until 8 weeks postpartum, ALL women will be exempt from paying costs (deductible, expenses, etc.), in case of recourse to health services in case of illness.

The text of this law can be read in French: ordonnance sur l’assurance-maladie (OAMal).

This change means that all pregnant women, whether or not their pregnancy is deemed high risk or not, can take advantage of this exemption (up until the end of February, only women whose pregnancies were deemed low-risk were exempt from costs, complications were considered “illnesses” and so were not covered by LAMal).