“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

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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   info@livinginnyon.com to reserve  

or via  OffTheShelf English Bookshop 

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Fun Fondue for Expatriates in Nyon on February 26th – Register now!


Last year the “Fun Fondue for Newly Arrived Expatriates” event was a great success, so much so, we are repeating it again! This event which is a joint collaboration between Nyon Region  Tourism, Living in Nyon and subsidised by Ecole-Club Migros, will take place in the wine cellar of Nyon’s Château on Tuesday 26th February at 19:30.

So come along to a wine tasting and fondue evening. For just 20 CHF you can learn how to make your own fondue, discover more the Nyon region, ask questions about living here and meet new people at the same time!  Places are limited, so please reserve by emailing   michael.moret@nrt.ch by February 15th.  

Understanding the Swiss School System – talk in Nyon on Monday October 1st

How exactly does the Swiss state school system work? Is the local public school right for my child? There are many families in the Nyon and surrounding area who would like to send their children to a Swiss state school, however they often have questions about the local education system.

On Monday October 1st at 19:30, parents will get the chance to have their questions answered by educational expert Margaret Oertig,  author of  the newly released book “Going Local – your guide to Swiss Schooling” . She will be the keynote speaker at this Lloyds TSB Private Banking, Living in Nyon, International Link organised event which will take place at the Uni Global Headquarters in Nyon.  Reservations required –  details below.

“Going Local”  unravels every aspect of Swiss schooling from kindergarten all the way to apprenticeships and university.  Margaret Oertig explains the various educational paths available in all 26 cantons (she will focus on the canton of Vaud for this particular talk). Margaret draws on a wealth of personal experience in-depth research and interviews with parents and children alike.

The book provides valuable information on cultural differences, language learning, how to develop relationships with schools and integrate your family into the Swiss way of schooling. The book also outlines what schools expect of parents, key facts, figures and essential terminology so that you can make informed, confident choices from the range of options to find the right path for your children in Switzerland. Margaret is also the author of “Beyond Chocolate – understanding Swiss culture”.

At the event on October 1st there will also be the opportunity to chat (over an apéro) to other parents who already have their children in the local school system.

Reservations required. Please email the event co-ordinator –  flurina.knapp@lloydsbank.ch or call 022 307 36 73.

The Uni Global Headquarters in Nyon are situated at Avenue Reverdil 8 in Nyon. See map here