There will be an Easter Fête at the Moulin de Chiblins on Saturday 28th and Sunday March. Decorated eggs, Easter farm, jumping rabbits, sheep and more! This old water mill has now been turned into an interesting agricultural museum full of vintage tractors and farming implements, it’s worth a visit! The museum is on the road to Gingins, turn left after the second roundabout after Signy centre. See map here
On Saturday 28th March, Diccon Bewes will be giving a guided Victorian tour of Geneva. The tour begins at 15:00 (meet at Payot bookshop in Cornavin railway station at 14:30). Diccon is the author of the very successful books “Swiss Watching”, (“a best book of 2010″ – Financial Times) and “Slow Train to Switzerland”
Diccon comments on all things Swiss related and will be dressed up in Victorian costume for the tour itself! Details here
For non-English speakers, a simultaneous French translation will be provided by Hadi Barkat. A unique opportunity to discover a new outlook on the city. This should be an entertaining stroll! Diccon will end this tour with a signing of his books in English and in French.
Nyon events – Win Paléo tickets
Other events, tonight (Friday 27th March) there will be Celtic music at the 1306 Club ( ruelle de la poterne in Nyon) starting at 2030. Entry free, hat distributed for the artists at the end of the evening.
Win Paléo tickets
The weekly competition to win Paléo tickets has now begun on the festival’s website and it continues until the 25th May. To play, click here
The full Festival line-up will be announced on Tuesday 14 April! Tickets will go on sale at midday on Wednesday 22 April
Photo above – Paléo in 2014
New Market in Gland.
From the 22nd April until November there will be a weekly outdoor fresh produce market situated next to the railway station in Gland.
This market, is scheduled to be open every Wednesday from 16:00 – 20:00. This schedule has been timed to coincide with rail commuters returning home after work. Initially there will be around 12 stands, including a fishmonger, a butcher, a baker and a market gardener. Other fresh produce businesses will be invited to join the market in the future.
Visions du Réel film shown in Gland this year
Other good news for residents of Gland is that this year, Visions du Réel, the annual documentary film festival in Nyon (17th April -25th April), will screen some of the fesitval’s films in Gland. All films under the section “Grand Angle” at the festival, will be shown not only in Nyon, but also at the Théatre de Grand-Champs in Gland. Free “navette” buses will shuttle between Gland and the Village du Réel central area in a new partnership between the two towns. The shops and commerces of Gland will also participate in the festival’s annual competition for the best “film related” decorated window. Members of the public and festival goers are invited to participate in the competition.
Decorated fountains in Nyon
Meanwhile, over in Nyon, check out some of the town’s fountains which have been decorated for the Easter season by volunteer groups and local associations. At the moment, there is no water in the fountains and sadly one of the fountains has already been vandalised, however there are still a few around the town to see!
Friday 20th March – Blues concert – Zakiya Hooker (daughter of John Lee Hooker) will be singing tonight at the Château of Coppet – Details here
Writing Workshop in English
Saturday 21st March – Writing workshop in Geneva in English at the Geneva Writers’ Group. The subject will be “Writing Folk Tales”. See how “Once upon a time… ” opens the door to storytelling. In the afternoon there will be a regular critiquing session. Full details – click here
Also on Saturday 21st March – Swedish singer “Big Fox” (see video below) playing at the Parenthèse bar in Nyon’s old town. Full details here
plus, “Spring Market” in the village of Bogis Bossey from 10:00 -14:00, Welsh cakes for sale at the market! Full details here
plus also on Saturday “Burning the Bonhomme of Winter and Welcoming the Spring Party” down by the lake in Nyon at 17:30 Organised by the Bains de 3 Jetées organisation. Full details here
Sunday 22nd March – Classical recital – Violin and Piano at 17:00 at the Conservatoire of Nyon along the lakeside. Full details – click here
Sunday 22nd March – Easter Market in Nyon from 08:00 -18:30
Easter Market – Stands, Easter products, local products.
Festichoc in Versoix – Fabulous festival dedicated to all things chocolate! See here Great day out for the family and chocolate lovers.
Jazz Apero and Sunday Fondue Chinoise – Two events coming up in the atmospheric wine cellar of Nyon’s castle.
Thursday 26 March – Jazz Apero – Duo of two guitars with Killian Perret-Gentil and Etienne Loupo. Doors open 17:00, music at 18:30
Sunday 29th March – Fondue Chinoise from 12:00 32 CHF for a variety of meats, sauces, served with rice and fruit salad. Reservations taken until 26th March
Full details - click here
Selma will be the Monday Movie in English on 23rd March at Nyon Cinema screening at 20:30 – Film on the Martin Luther King civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. Video below Details here
André Borschberg, one of the two pilots currently attempting a round-the-world solar flight in the plane “Solar Impulse”, was recently honoured in Nyon and bestowed the award of “bourgeoisie d’honneur de la Ville”. This award was given for his pioneering spirit, his bravery, his contribution to society and for flying the Nyon/ Vaud / Swiss colours in all his endeavours! Since 1719, the award has been handed out by the town to just ten people. André Borschberg has lived in Nyon since 1987.
André is an engineer by education and a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in management science. His passion for aviation and his interest in innovative solutions led him to team up with Bertrand Piccard to direct Solar Impulse. Fascinated by aviation from his earliest youth, André Borschberg, born in 1952, trained as a pilot in the Swiss air force. Today he holds an assortment of professional airplane and helicopter pilot’s licences and also does aerobatics in his spare time.
Photo above – André Borschberg © Solar Impulse | Revillard | Rezo.ch
Yesterday (17 March ) the Solar Impulse plane landed in Ahmedabad after crossing the Arabian Sea, it had completed the longest distance ever flown by a solar airplane in aviation history. You can track the plane’s journey and find out discover more about this fantastic project on the Solar Impulse website you can also follow both pilots Tweets!
The plane has now just landed (18 March) in Varanasi and will be heading off to Mandalay in Myanmar tomorrow morning and will be piloted by Bertrand Piccard. Lausanne born Bertrand Piccard comes from a famous family of adventurers. If you want to know more about their history, you can read and discover more about them in the excellent Auguste and Jacques Piccard collection in the Musée du Leman in Nyon.
Photo above – Courtesy Solar Impulse RTW
Photo above – Courtesy Solar Impulse – RTW
Local dancers give farewell to pilot André Borschberg before take-off from Ahmedabad.