“Oklahoma!” in Nyon this week, Discover local produce on “Proxité” Day and try out a Velopass bike!


Musical in English this weekend to end the summer season.

For the past few years at at the end of August, young actors in the Really Youthful Group (this group is part of GAOS – Geneva Amateur Opera Society), have performed a musical in English in Nyon for the general public.  This show has now become a firm favourite on the local calendar as expats and Swiss alike, gather to watch and enjoy the production, meet each other in the bar at the interval and catch up on summer news.

This year the auditorium of the Théâtre de Marens will ring out to the music of  “Oklahoma!” by Rogers and Hammerstein  on Friday 31st August at 20:00, Saturday 1st September at 14:00 and 18:00 and on Sunday at 14:00. It’s a fun way to end the summer, full booking details here.

 Local food to discover on Saturday 1st September in Nyon

Also coming up this weekend, on Saturday 1st September, it’s “Proxité Day”. This day was launched last year in Nyon and supported by the council to encourage consumers to discover more about local food production in the area. Farmers, cheese producers, winemakers and fruit growers in the region will all be taking part. There is a full day of events planned, beginning at 09:00 at “La Roulotte” (the temporary café in the old train carriage behind the railway station). Breakfast will be served using local products:

Milk from the Domaine du Bois Bougy,


Apple juice from the “Cidrerie artisanale Pradervand” ,



Sweet bread (tresse) from the Panier Gourmand

served with butter from the l’Alpage de la Baronne


and jams from “Les confitures des Pralies”,  all served on the terrace of the café.

At  10:00 you will then have the opportunity to visit these local producers on one of the Velobikes which are parked nearby. Note, you can also try out a bike for free in the Velopass scheme on Saturday too. Reserve here in advance, or on the day on site.

Over in La place du Château, other events are also planned from 0900 – 17:00,  food tasting stands, pony rides, there’s even a cooking competition!  For full details see site here.

“Tower Heist” Film tonight, “New moon” fondue evening by lake, Clothing needed for asylum seekers and more


 Cinema tonight The film “Tower Heist” will be showing tonight (in English) Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd at 18:45 at Nyon cinema  starring Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller and Casey Affleck. See trailer here on U Tube

Quick synopsis: When a group of hard working guys find out they’ve fallen victim to a wealthy business man’s Ponzi scheme, they conspire to rob his high-rise residence.

Also at the same cinema tonight as a complete contrast, the documentary “Mediums – from one world to another” will be shown at 20:30. The documentary asks the question “Is there life after death?” To prove it, a spiritual healer takes up the challenge of medium ship sessions in front of the camera to clients and scientists who don’t believe in it. Documentary in French.

“New Moon” Fondue Evening”

This Friday the 25th November there will be a “New Moon” fondue evening by the lake from 19:00 onwards organised by the “Bains de 3 Jetees”. Reservation required see site

This voluntary association organises many events throughout the year down by the lake (see previous post here) and it also runs the lovely weekend café and sauna.

If you have never been here , why not give it a try? there are deckchairs to sit out on the top terrace (with warm woollen blankets provided). If the weather is really inclement, there is a small indoor café with a woodburning stove to warm up in- Hot drinks and cake on the menu. 

 Clothing needed for asylum seekers

A reader has sent in the following request: ” I am helping to collect winter clothing and other supplies for the asylum seekers in Nyon and Gland. We are looking for clothing in good condition: jeans, trousers, shirts, pullovers, warm jackets, shoes, socks, belts, hats, gloves underclothes (undershirts could be used but underpants should be new), backpacks, book-packs, brief-cases, wallets will all be gratefully received. There are about 130 young men right now (most aged between 18 and 30), with more continually arriving, there’s a real and growing need for warm, winter clothes – especially as the Gland group has to be away from their centre during the day.  Thank you so much for your support!   Please email christine.carey at iprolink.ch

 More jazz in Nyon this Friday at the 1306 club. Details on flyer below

A View from the Bridge – Play in English in Coppet plus other events coming up

 There are lots of events happening in the first weeks of November in the Nyon region, here are a few listed below.  Plus, the Living in Nyon November newsletter is due to be sent out in the next couple of days, if you would like to receive it, just sign up in the subscription box in the box to the right of this post. 

English play in Coppet – November 8 -13th.

Friday 4th – “Living along Lac Léman”- book signing at Nyon Tourist Office, 

Saturday 5th – Troc in Crans, plus Table Top sale in Dully.  

Sunday 6th – Léman Events Expat Fair in Lausanne,

Also on the 6th -Classical Music at the Conservatoire in Nyon. 

Mountain First Aid Courses – 10th and 15th November

Friday 11th November –  “A Flavour of India” evening in Nyon. 

Saturday 12th – “Souper de Soutien” Fund raising event for the Maisons des Enfants in Nyon

From the 8th to the 12th November GEDS (Geneva English Drama Society) will present “A View from the Bridge” by Arthur Miller.

A little bit about GEDS – The Geneva English Drama Society provides a diverse theatre programme with a wide variety of styles and periods. A typical season includes 3-4 full stage productions and 20 fortnightly staged playreadings, plus workshops and social events. The play readings normally attract 50-100 people, and provide onstage roles for both experienced and aspiring actors. Once a year they produce and perform a play in Coppet, just a few miles from Nyon at the Théâtre de Terre Sainte. This is a lovely theatre with lots of parking , it is also not too far from Coppet railway station. The theatre has a bar for a pre theatre drink . Note – if you book first night tickets you can enjoy a glass of bubbly and meet the cast ! 

The play – About “A View from the Bridge”  – This American classic is very well known and a standard text for schools and scholars: probably one of the four most frequently seen by one of the three or four leading American playwrights. Longshoreman Eddie Carbone lives in Brooklyn with his wife Beatrice and orphaned niece Catherine. Two Sicilian cousins arrive in the country illegally seeking work and are sheltered by Eddie. Catherine and Rodopho fall in love. Eddie is violently opposed without realizing his own motives. 

Tragedy ensues, with an almost Greek-Chorus figure helping recount and comment on events in an imaginative script and production. It is an enthralling evening, funny by turns and always involving, as it moves to an inevitable end.
The cast includes: Pilar Diaz Quesada, Fabrice Drouin, Bernard Giovannini, Undine Groeger, Howard Hornfeld, Neil-Jon Morphy, Cristen Schroer, Chuck Slovenski, David Stieber, Herman Westebeeke, and Jona Zeschke.

First-night patrons are invited to join the cast for a glass of bubbly after the show. Tickets:  CHF 30 (seats numbered)  Students  CHF 19 on presentation of student  card  at the box office on the evening of performance, subject to availability of seats.                               

Book at Theatre in English on  choose your own seats, pay by credit card or bulletin de versement / e-banking and print your own tickets.


 If you missed the launch of the book “Living along Lac Léman” in October there will be another opportunity to purchase a copy and have it signed by the author on Friday 4th November between 16:00 and 18:00. Come along and say “hello”, you can also pick up a copy of the new (free) winter tourist brochure  to find out what  activities are going on in the Nyon and St Cergue region this winter.

Saturday 5th November Troc de Crans  11:00 -15:00. There will be troc (second hand sale of goods) in Crans at the Salle Communale de Crans ( Rue Antoine-Saladin).

 Sunday 6th November  The International Women’s Club of Nyon will be holding  a Vide Grenier (Table-top Sale) at the Salle Communale in Dully from  10:00 – 15:00.  Info: Anne-Marie Ramu  Tél. 021 824 13 03. Bénéfices pour la Fondation Vaudoise “Le Cube de Verre”

Sunday 6th November  17:00 Classical music concert in the lovely lake side setting at the Conservatoire de L’Ouest Vaudois – Barocco Guitar duet – Michel Borne and Claudia Gave  See COV

Also on Sunday 6th November, it’s the big Léman Expat Fair in Lausanne, plus this year a recruitment/career fair will be held in the same building  on the same day. Check here for more details – more about this fair coming soon on this site.

Mountain First Aid Courses in November – Learn how to deal with injuries whilst skiing or hiking in the mountains.

  • Get advice about when and how to call mountain rescue
  • Understand the principles of adult Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and practice delivering this on manikins
  • Practice the safe positioning of an unconscious adult
  • Understand the importance of head, neck and spinal injuries and what to do
  • Practice how to deal with broken bones and sprains
  •  Learn how to recognise and manage hypothermia, frostbite, altitude illness and much more

Next dates:
Module 1 – 10th November 2011, 18:00 – 21:30
Module 2 – 15th November 2011, 18:00 – 21:30
Both modules must be attended

Cost: 180 CHF per person in total

Registration: via Health First (please register for both modules)

Venue for both seminars and Mountain First Aid course:
Rue des Racettes 2, 1213 Onex. This is the Paroisse Saint-Marc building.

11th November A Flavour of India” – Evening in Nyon – A celebration of Indian culture, welcome drink, Indian feast, traditional Indian dance and fashion tips. Full details in poster below. See Friends of India 

Saturday 12th November -There will be a fund raising supper at the Salle Communale for the Maison des Enfants in Nyon from 18:00 – 24:00. Apero followed by hot and cold buffet, musicians and dancers, tombola. See site for more details  and registration.

“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.