Gourmet Tour of Nyon – New Guided Visit organised by Tourist Office

Nyon Tourism has recently added a new tour to its list of guided tours of the town and surrounding area. The “Gourmet Tour” aims to introduce visitors and newly arrived residents to locally produced food. The tour begins with a couple of “taster” stops at local businesses followed by a light meal with wine at a typical Vaudois restaurant.

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The tour begins with an explanation by a tourist guide of the different varieties of fish that can be found in the lake and that can be consumed. This is then followed by a stop in a local butcher for a taste of dried meats and an explanation of the produce on offer, followed by a trip to the local cheesemonger with a tasting of a selection of local cheeses.

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The trip then moves through the town with a short stop by the statue of Julius Caesar where you can hear about the kind of food that was eaten in Nyon during Roman times!

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The end of the tour finishes in a local restaurant for a light meal and wine and a convivial atmosphere!  The tour runs every Thursday at 18:00 during May, June and September, reservations necessary (two days in advance). The tour costs 38 CHF and last approximately two hours and can be conducted in French, English, German, Swiss German, Italian and Spanish.

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This tour is one of many others that Nyon tourism has on its itinerary, others include “Julius Caesar in Nyon”, “In the Traces of Tin Tin” tour, and more.  For more information, contact Heidi Müller at Nyon Tourism via email –   info@nrt.ch. You can contact her in English in your email.

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Open House at the Geneva English School – Saturday 14th March

The Geneva English School, set in lovely grounds in picturesque Genthod with view of the lake and Mont Blanc, is holding an Open Day on Saturday 14th March from 09:30 – 12:00.

The school is a not-for-profit co-educational international school for children aged 3 to 11. The Open Day is is an ideal opportunity to visit the school, see the classrooms, talk to the headmaster and find out about the school’s curriculum which is based on the English National Curriculum and which includes a strong French programme for all groups throughout the week.

It’s also a good opportunity to check out the Library Learning Centre with its cosy new reading room which was opened by children’s author Anne Fine in October last year.  Register here

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Photo above – A room with a view and a choice of children’s books!

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Online reading and a cosy sofa!

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Rubbish/ Trash – What, Where and When to Throw It in the Nyon area

Just in case you missed it (or threw it away by mistake!) did you know there is an official brochure which explains all about what you can throw out in the official rubbish/trash bags?

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Some of the items you can still throw out! (Jan 2015) Milk cartons, plastic vinegar bottles, plastic packaging, cat litter, nappies/diapers, yogurt pots, textiles and clothes that are no longer wearable.

The brochure also lists the dates in 2015 on which some non-standard items will be collected from the kerb by the council and it explains how to recycle anything from Nespresso capsules to oil bottles, batteries and more. Note: batteries must not be thrown away in the trash/rubbish bags as they are highly toxic. They can be taken back either to the point of sale or the official eco-points, which can be found either at the déchèterie (official council rubbish/ trash dump) or at and outside many supermarkets. These eco-points are also listed on the council brochure.

Still not thrown away your Christmas tree?  Wednesday January 14th is the final date this year when natural (and probably very dry and dead!), Christmas trees will collected.

The official brochure that was distributed to all households in the Nyon area looks like this (see photo below) , but do not worry if you cannot find it, it is downloadable from the council’s website here.

Live outside Nyon or in a different town or village in Vaud? Type in “déchet/or déchets” into your local town, region or village’s website and you should be able to upload the official information. Make sure you put the acute accent on the é ! Some websites do not seem to recognise the word déchet without that accent…

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Note: The 2014 Nyon council macaron (sticker/card) which you must display on your dashboard or on your windscreen to enter the Nyon déchèterie, is still valid for 2015 until the completion of the brand new Nyon déchèterie. This new dump will be situated in l’Asse area of the town and it should be ready in summer 2015.

Photos coming up soon of the “Three Kings” night in Nyon.

 

 

 

Seven days of music next year at Paléo!

The latest news from Paléo is that the music festival will run over seven days in 2015 to celebrate 40 years of the festival! To those new to Nyon and who have never heard of Paléo, it’s an annual event for the town and is one of the biggest rock, pop and music festivals in Europe.  Normally, for six days, the Paléo fields (just above Nyon) are rocking to the sound of music. Next year they will rocking for seven!

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There are lots of surprises planned for the celebratory year and they will be revealed at the line up on Tuesday April 14 2015. More details to follow

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Books by local English authors – Christmas present suggestions

If you are still looking for Christmas present ideas, why not give a book  written by an English author that lives locally here in Switzerland?

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We have chosen a selection of eight books covering a variety of genres and to suit all tastes. From a non-fiction book ” The Greatest Photography Tips  in the World” by Alistair Scott (an author who lives in Gland), to a young adult book, “Untethered” by Katie Hayoz.  Katie’s book was a finalist in the Mslexia  2013 novel competition.

Then there is a murder mystery novel “Murder in Paris” written by D-L Nelson who lives in Geneva, to a  fascinating biography , “The Banker’s Daughter” written by Caroline Thonger on Eva Steinthal, born in the last decade of the 19th century, the third of seven children of one of the richest Jewish men in Berlin.

 

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Crossing Qalandiya”  is an extraordinary true story written by Daniela Norris and Shireen Anabtawi about two women who meet at a party in Geneva – both are mothers, both a similar age. But one is Israeli, the other Palestinian. So divided by fear and hatred are their two countries, they realise they will never be able to visit one another at home, despite living less than 100km apart. So, they begin to exchange letters.  See below to find out what happens next and read more about this book.

“Rapeseed” is a multicultural novel about a  synesthetic expatriate called, Carolann Cooper. She sees her letters and numbers and her turbulent memories in colour, accompanied by blended senses of smell, music, and texture.  This book is by American Nancy Freund who lives in Lausanne.

All the above authors are members of the Geneva Writers’ Group.  The group meets monthly, from September to June at the Geneva Press Club, with a programme of writing workshops, critiquing sessions, and master classes. Membership is open to all who wish to develop their creative writing skills. encouragement and support are given to both beginning and published writers.

The founder of the group, Susan Tiberghien has published several books and we have chosen one of these,  the excellent “One year to a Writing Life”  as a suggested Christmas present, an ideal gift if you know of anyone who is interested in writing fiction or non-fiction.

And finally, don’t forget  Living in Nyon’s own book “Living along Lac Léman“. This book is a light hearted look at living along lake Geneva, it’s a selection of columns that have been published in English in La Côte newspaper. From “Fondue Fuddle” to learning French, to observations on  Swiss street names it will help you to get to know a bit more about the customs and culture living in this part of Switzerland.  The book can be ordered online through this site or can be purchased in Payot Nyon, other local retails outlets and new ! it is now available in Munchkins café in Founex.

Book 1 – “Untethered” by Katie Hayoz  -a book for young adults

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“Untethered” by Katie Hayoz –   Katie is American and lives in Geneva. Katie says,  “The age range for this book is 13+ but adults can appreciate it too!”   See more of Katie’s writing on her own website, you can order her book on Amazon here. Here is her author page on Amazon.Finalist in the Mslexia novel competition,  “Untethered”  explores the intoxicating and dangerous world of jealousy and obsession when coupled with paranormal ability. It is a touching, sometimes funny, sometimes heart-breaking novel that speaks to the self-doubt lurking in us all.

Synopsis – Sylvie has been best friends with Cassie forever. But everything is turned around when the boy Sylvie’s loved since fifth grade falls for Cassie. Devastated, Sylvie intends to get Kevin by any means possible, even if it involves treachery, deceit, and the dark side of astral projection. She is positive her plans will give her what she wants, but she doesn’t count on it all spiraling out of control.

Book 2 “Rapeseed” by Nancy Freund

 

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“Rapeseed” by author Nancy Freund  – Nancy is  American and she lives near Lausanne. Read reviews of Rapeseed here on Goodreads.  The book can be ordered through  “Off theShelf English Book Shop” in Geneva and is also available on Amazon.

Synopsis – “Rapeseed” is a many-coloured, multicultural novel about a synesthetic expatriate, Carolann Cooper. She sees her letters and numbers and her turbulent memories in colour, accompanied by blended senses of smell, music, and texture. When her family moves from small town Kansas to London, the upheaval cracks open her colourful history and exposes secrets she has kept with her husband — and from him too. At the same time, her teenage son Chip is tempted by risky new freedoms. Carolann has to urgently find out who she really is, to reconcile her past with her fragile family’s future. “Rapeseed” is a sensitive coming-of-age novel about a teenage boy, a remarkable adult coming-of-age novel about Carolann, and a family’s coming-of-age novel… because families evolve and come of age too.

Book 3  “The Banker’s Daughter” by Caroline Thonger  – Synopsis of the book, see image below. Caroline lives in the pretty village of Grimentz in the Valais.  For a copy of the book  email her at cthonger@gmail.com  –  20  CHF including all postage+packing.

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 Book  4  – “Murder in Paris” by D-L Nelson.   D-L is American and spends her time between Geneva and Argelès sur Mer in the South of France. This book  is part of the “five star” mystery series. You can see more D-L’s writing and other novels on her own website here  Her books are available on Amazon

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Synopsis – Murder in Paris  – Tech writer Annie Young breaks her engagement when her fiancé forbids her to take an assignment documenting a Paris dig at the site of a thirteenth century inn supervised by her old lover archaeologist Luca Martinelli. Amelie, (another dig volunteer) is found shot on the site. Luca, Amelie’s lover is in the process of a divorce and is a prime suspect.

Book 5 “Crossing Qalandiya” by Daniela Norris and Shireen Anabtawi  

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 “Crossing Qalandia” by Daniela Norris and Shireen Anabtawi. 

The co- author of this book Daniela Norris. You can find out more about Daniela, her other work and writing on her own website here 

Synopsis  -Two women meet at a party in Geneva – both mothers, both a similar age. But one is Israeli, the other Palestinian. So divided by fear and hatred are their two countries, they realise they will never be able to visit one another at home, despite living less than 100km apart. So, they begin to exchange letters. As their friendship grows they discuss not only their families, childcare and recipes, but also the wars and ethnic tensions that have shaped their lives. Their exchange is fraught with challenge, but also a sincere desire on each side to understand the thinking and grievances of the other. This is a moving and illuminating exchange of ideas at once accessible and profound, personal and political – and a beacon of hope in the wilderness of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

Book 6  “One year to a Writing  Life” by Susan Tiberghien

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This book is “An innovative portable workshop to give readers a solid foundation for their writing careers and to lead them to a writing life”. See Susan’s website here  The book is available here or via Off theShelf English book shop in Geneva.

 

Book 7 ” The Greatest Photography Tips  in the world” by Alistair Scott 

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Content –  This fully-illustrated, 200-page hardback book is the perfect guide to using your camera more effectively. Though written with a humorous tone, it gives serious guidance on everything from buying your equipment, through using the camera’s exposure controls, to techniques for portrait, landscape and family photography. There is even a chapter on earning cash from your camera. You can buy personalised, signed copies from the author’s website here.

Book 8 Finally, don’t forget the “Living along Lac Léman”  book. Living in Nyon’s own book. Read more about the book and order it here

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Just 29 CHF a copy.  Free delivery within the Nyon, Prangins, Rolle, and Coppet region  For other areas – Postage per book – Courier B CHF – CHF 1.80 Courier A CHF 2.00  or pick up a copy in  local retail outlets more details here