Wine and Welsh cakes event postponed until early 2015

Apologies to those who registered for the next Living in Nyon event on the 1st December. Unfortunately the event has had to be postponed until early 2015. We apologise for any inconvenience. Keep watching this space for the date of the next event!

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Wine and Welsh Cakes Evening! – Event to meet other Anglophones

Wine and Welsh Cakes Evening!

The next Living in Nyon Event will be a “Wine and Welsh Cakes” evening on Monday 1st December in Nyon from 19:00 – 21:30

The event will be held in the atmospheric caveau (cellar) of Nyon’s lovely old chateau.

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All nationalities welcome, and whether you have lived here for years, or are new to the area, this event is an ideal opportunity to mingle and meet other Anglophones. Taste some savoury Welsh cakes cooked on the spot by local Welsh resident Sian Dureau.  More details of this event to follow, mark the date down in your diaries. Reservations required please by emailing Sian

Entrance fee – CHF 15 per person or 25 CHF per couple includes 2 Welsh cakes and a glass of wine. More wine (and cakes!) will be available to purchase on the night

Parking in Place Perdtemps car park nearby, Nyon railway station just a short walk away.



“Slow Train” a run away success!

Thanks to all of you who came along to the launch of the book “Slow Train to Switzerland” by Diccon Bewes at the Ferme du Manoir last night. Over 80 people listened to Diccon (author, travel writer and great raconteur!) tell the story of the first Thomas Cook escorted tour to Switzerland over 150 years ago, through the journals of  Miss Jemima Morell  from Selby in Yorkshire – one of  the passengers on this first tour.

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We heard how Jemima and the other ladies on the tour clambered over glaciers in their crinoline dresses, endured difficult travelling conditions, ate copious courses in some of the hotels and we learned about the hotel industry in Switzerland at that time.  Diccon also told us how Switzerland quickly realised its tourist potential with the arrival of  British tourists and how the country began to build many train lines to accommodate them all and take them up its mountains. We also heard about the contrast between Switzerland and Britain, then and now.

We heard about Thomas Cook himself –  how he negotiated discounted rates with the hotels and how he came up with the idea of a  “traveller’s cheque”.    Diccon recounted how he followed in the footsteps  of Jemima Morell by recreating her journey and the interesting coincidence he discovered about the author after he had finished the tour and began writing the book. The evening was a run away success!

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For those of you that enquired about the Yorkshire cheese served that night, (to link the Yorkshire theme!)  this was Wensleydale Cheese served both plain, and with cranberries.

The white wine was from a local farm and vineyard in Signy near Nyon called Le Panier Gourmand.  This is a lovely farm shop that has lots of local sourced produce and wine for sale.

The red wine was a Pinot Noir rom the Valais called  Hurlevent

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Gala Concert for Indian Charity, Reminder – Book launch in English in Nyon on Monday, a few spaces left.

Friends of India, the Nyon based charity are holding a Gala concert on Saturday 23rd November in Geneva. See Flyer below.

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Also, a reminder of the book launch (a Living in Nyon event) in English of “Slow Train to Switzerland” on November 25th in Nyon. There are a few places left for this event reservations necessary – full details here

Not the Last Night of the Proms

Book Launch and Reading in Nyon – “Slow Train to Switzerland” – November 25 – Reserve now!

Living in Nyon and OffThe Shelf English Book Shop  

are delighted to announce the book launch (the first in Switzerland!) and reading of 

Slow Train to Switzerland    – One Tour, Two Trips, 150 Years and a World of Change Apart

by Travel Writer Diccon Bewes  (Author of Swiss Watching/ Le Suissologue)

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On the occasion of the 150th anniversary Thomas Cook’s pioneering trip to Switzerland, Diccon will talk about how he embarked on a historical train ride following the first ever conducted tour taken by Thomas Cook in 1863, a three week trip from London to Lucerne. It’s a tale of trains and tourists, of the British and the Swiss, of a Victorian traveller and a modern-day Englishman abroad. It’s the story of a tour that changed both Switzerland and the world of travel forever.

 Come join us for an apéro, to hear stories and anecdotes about the book on 

Monday  November 25th   at 19:30  at the Ferme du Manoir,  Rue Maupertuis 1, 1260 Nyon (Off Place du Château) Nyon 

Reservations  Required  –   CHF 10 including apéro     

Email to reserve  

or via  OffTheShelf English Bookshop 

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