Four free invitations for readers to Classic Car Show in Morges

There are four free invitations for readers to join Lloyds TSB Private banking for refreshments and canapés on a London double decker bus at the  Classic Car show on the 6th October in Morges.

This gathering of classic cars in a the lovely lakeside setting of Morges is now in its 21st  year. In 2011 the event attracted more than 20,000 visitors and saw over 1600 classic British cars and motorbikes arrive from Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy, the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands. Everything from MGs from the 1950s, Austins from the 1930s, racing Jaguars from the ‘60s, and old Rolls-Royces and Bentleys. Plus a number of motor bikes, including classic Nortons, Triumphs and Royal Enfields.

There are three anniversary celebrations at this fair this year.

The MGB  will be celebrating its 50th anniversary and the MGR V8 will be celebrating its 20th, These cars will be in a reserved area in the ornamental Park. The pre-war MG Midgets will be on display in the Chateau grounds. All other MGs will fill the ornamental Park. The LOTUS Elans will be celebrating their 50th anniversary and will be displayed on the Quay Igor Stravinsky.  Motorbikes will be grouped together on the quay next to the Port.

The first two readers who email (please title your email “Classic Car Show”) will be sent two invitations each to join the Lloyds TSB stand for canapés and refreshments on the double decker bus at the fair.


“Living along Lac Léman” book is now for sale! – The perfect gift for everyone.

Tuesday evening in Nyon saw the official launch of  the book “Living along Lac Léman”. Thankyou so much to all those who came to the Villa Thomas at the COV for the vernissage/launch.

Photos above. Happy book fans!

The venue in the stunning lake side setting made it the perfect place to launch the book. It also gave readers of this site,  La Côte newspaper, and other members of the public a chance to mingle and enjoy a glass of local Swiss wine, along with tasting some British cheeese from the British Cheese Centre of Switzerland. 

Photo above: the Villa Thomas along the lake side. Note – there will be a jazz concert at the Villa Thomas on Friday 7th Oct see COV for here for full details

There were also representatives at the event from the various local festivals (Paléo, Caribana, Visions du Réel etc),  from Nyon town council and Nyon tourism giving those there the opportunity to find out more about the three festivals and local issues.

Photo above – Checking out the book at the vernissage

About the book –  The perfect company gift, birthday or Christmas present.

Packed with columns articles and photos the book is is a light hearted look at life along the shores of lake Geneva and contains a selection of columns which have been published for the last two years in English every Friday in La Côte newspaper.  This weekly column is a conversation is about the people, places and events in Vaud as seen through the eyes of a British expatriate.

Photo above: left C. Nelson-Pollard author of “Living along Lac Léman”, right Contessa Pinon – editor of La Côte newspaper

With observations on unusual Swiss customs and on the peculiarities to be found in both the French and English languages, it also comments on other subjects such as the jargon that estate agents use when advertising houses for sale, the difficulties of making a fondue, or trying to say a telephone number in French.

Image above – article from book called  “Figuring it out”

With other articles on local festivals, the Désalpe and more, and packed with photos that capture the colour and essence of the Léman region, the book makes a perfect gift for someone who has just moved to the area. It  will also delight those who have lived here for a while, whether expat of Swiss, in recognising  the slightly side quirky side of Swiss life whilst acknowledging the beauty of the Léman area.

Image below – Article from book called “A saisir!” (on estate agents’ jargon)

At just 29 CHF, the book is available to order through this site, just click on “Living in Nyon” book on the top side bar to order.  Free delivery in the Nyon, Coppet, Rolle and Prangins area.  

From  Tuesday 11th October, the book will also be for sale at Nyon tourist office  Opening hours  Monday-Friday 08:30 -12:30/ 13:30 -17:30

Special book signing – The author will be signing copies of the book at Nyon tourist office on Friday November 4th from 16:00- 18:00.  An ideal opportunity to pick up a copy and find out about events and winter activities happening in the Nyon and St Cergue region.

Photo above and below – Selling the books left to right. Anna Hiller Bedlington, Suzy Nelson-Pollard, Nicola Bedlington.

All photos of the vernissage –  Catherine Lewis photography see site here

La Désalpe, Autumn Fair, Guided tour of Nyon, Classic Car show, Expat Expo – all this weekend


There’s a lot going on this weekend in the Nyon and Geneva region. Here are a few of the events on the agenda.

Saturday – Cow parade in St Cergue

On Saturday 1st October it’s the annual “La Désalpe” in St Cergue. This annual tradition is when cows are brought down from the hills by farmers to be wintered in the lower lying barns. The cows are decorated with headdresses and led through the village in a a colourful parade, and it’s well worth going up to the village if you have never been to it before. There are other events throughout the morning such as flag twirling, folkloric singing, and there is food available for sale at the buvettes in the village.  Note: the first parade parade starts at 08:30 so get up there early in order not to miss it!

This is a very popular event and parking can be very tricky on this day, it’s easier to take the little red train from Nyon to St Cergue (there are extra trains scheduled for this event). See St Cergue Tourism

Autumn Fair in Nyon 

After watching the Désalpe on Saturday morning, you still have time to get down to Nyon for its Autumn fair, this is another colourful event with all the fruits and vegetables of the season on display along with other stands, music and entertainment. 


Saturday 1st October – Tourist visit of Nyon.

If you would like a guided tour of Nyon and want to know a bit more about its buildings, its history and cultural heritage, then why not go to the last guided Saturday tour of the 2011season. Just turn up in front of the castle at 10:30 (tour leaves promptly). The tour is an nice easy one and half hour walk and costs 20chf which includes a drink/apéro, and food (platter of meat) at the end of the walk in the atmospheric old wine cellar of Nyon. Children go free of charge.  See Nyon tourism

1,500 Classic British Cars in Morges

If you are interested in “Classic Cars”, then the Swiss Classic British Car Meeting in Morges is also on Saturday from 10:00- 17:00.  Over 1,500 classic cars will be at this meeting which takes place along the quayside, the château and the Parc d’ L’independance. The invited models for 2011 are the Jaguar E Type and all Jaguars Delorean. If you have a British vehicle take it along,  no reservation necessary. The website with more information is in French, English and German.

Sunday Expat Expo

On Sunday over at Palexpo (near Geneva Airport) it’s Expat Expo. This is a massive event for expats, as under one roof you will find information on doctors, accountants, lawyers, schools, day-care clubs, churches, accountants, there are speciality food items on sale, a bouncy castle for children and much more. See website for full information

Also on Sunday over in Rolle by the château there’s another autumn market –  the Marche de l’ Espoir run by Terre des Hommes. Games, music, food and drink stands from 10:00 – 17:00.

There are hundred of other activities going in the region, for the full list of events. Pick up the “Agenda de La Côte” from the tourist office, it is also printed inside La Côte newspaper each Thursday.    


There’s music on at the Usine a Gaz tonight Friday 30th September with “Brigitte”,  a pop duo from France and the group “Jerry Can”. See Usine a Gaz site for more info and other upcoming concerts.



Discovering the local arts scene with artist Stephanie Fonteyn – A new feature for Living in Nyon

Living in Nyon is delighted to announce that from July onwards, this site will feature interviews with artists, and will report on art events in galleries and venues across the region. These articles will be written by Stephanie Fonteyn, a professional artist who is based in Duillier (a village just a few kilometres above Nyon). 

Stephanie says her objective is “to make art accessible to everyone”, she is keen to promote the local art scene and to make it more visible to those living in Nyon and the surrounding area.

Stephanie Fonteyn originally from England, started to teach herself to paint back in 2002 and has never looked back since then. Her work so far has includes painting of nudes, abstract works, (often compared to Piet Mondrian and Jackson Pollock in style), and portraits.

She has exhibited her work across Switzerland, including a much talked about show called “Couleurs Jazz”, held in Montreux in 2010 during the famous jazz Festival.  This year she will be returning to Montreux at the gallery “En Beauregard” and she invites all living in Nyon readers to the vernissage on Saturday 9th July from 14:00 to 18:00.

The exhibition runs from 5th July to 6th August – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 09:00 to 11:30 and 14:00 to 18:00 and  Saturdays from 11:00 to 17:00.

Stephanie’s latest collection of paintings is called “L’époque” and these will be exhibited at Geneva’s Cité du Temps,  from 27 July to 4 September. This exhibition presents a nostalgic trip to the world of the 1950s. Iconic subjects in the paintings include distinctively shaped cars, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe. Stephanie says;  “All of the pictures on display reflect the optimism of the post-war era using a retro-expressionist style and are inspired by Pop Art”.

Discount for readers for Stephanie’s art classes (for children).

Stephanie also runs bi-lingual (French and English) creative workshops for adults and children. These are a great way of helping expatriates to integrate with the locals whilst also stimulating their creativity!

Special offer for Living in Nyon readers.

Stephanie is offering  a CHF 50 summer reduction for creative painting workshops for children this August.

Children aged from 5 to 6 and 7 to 11 can participate in the weekly workshops from the 2nd to the 19th of August from 10:00 to 12:00 or from 15:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday.

The workshops will be held at La Combe shopping Centre  in the centre of Nyon, on the first floor. This is an artistic initiative organised by YUMY to introduce local artists to the public as part of the 30 years of La Combe celebrations. Workshop bookings can be made by directly by email. Please reference Living in Nyon to receive your discount:

To find out more about Stephanie’s work see her own website  here. Read an interview here in “Voyou” magazine.

More of Stephanie’s work below.