“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.

Diccon with book

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!

Diccon and hall

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

Ice rink Diccon's do 008

 

 

 

Happy Easter To All Living In Nyon Readers! Decorated Fountains, Easter Celebrations And (Hopefully) The First Signs Of Spring…

This rabbit joins us in wishing a “joyeuses Pâques” to all Living In Nyon readers!                                                                               (All photos, except specified, courtesy- Jonas Parson)

 

 

 

 

Decorated Fountains Around Nyon

Walking around Nyon, you might have seen one of the numerous decorated fountains across town. A local tradition, the fountains are decorated each year at Easter by local schools, groups and shops, for the pleasure of all.

A “treasure hunt” is organised around these fountains: each fountain has a sign with part of a word written on it. If you go round town and discover all of the fountains, you will be able to find the mystery sentence, and win one of three prizes given by the local shops!

A fountain decorated by the Graap- Groupe Romand d’Accueil et d’Action Psychiatrique

Decorated with recycled objects, this fountain even has an underwater beetle!

This game is organised by the Nyon tourism office, and is a great way of getting to know the town, and the many beautiful fountains that riddle it, as well as discovering the creative decorations that transform each fountain into a work of art!

Detail from a fountain on the lakeside

Is Spring Here At Last?

After Thursday’s terrible weather, we might doubt such a thing, but walking around town on Wednesday, appreciating the sun shining, it seemed like Spring is just around the corner- after what is apparently the coldest month of March in 26 years! The temperature hasn’t risen over 19° this month- with a maximum of minus 4° measured in St-Gallen this Tuesday! Something that hasn’t been seen since 1987.

But the flowers that are blooming all over town and the budding trees look like messengers of an approaching Spring- let’s hope so anyway! (Even though according to the weather reports, it doesn’t look like the temperatures are going to rise…)

Even wild primulas are blooming, here under the castle

Budding trees for the coming Spring?

A lost buttercup on the lakeside

 

 

Looking For an Easter Celebration in the Nyon Area?

You can find two English-speaking churches in the Nyon area, one in Nyon and one in Gingins where you will be able to celebrate Easter with other English speakers. Different activities are organised by both churches around Easter for all ages. Check out their websites for more information! Here for Westlake Church in Nyon, and here for the Anglican Church in Gingins.

 

 

Tulip Festival in Morges Starts This Friday

Every year the Tulip festival takes place in Morges. Over 120’00 tulips of 300 different varieties are brought together in the Parc de l’Independance in Morges for 6 weeks. A series of events are organised around this festival, including a brunch on Monday the 1st of April. This festival is one of the first open-air events of the year, and animations take place during the weekends in the park. Note that the first tulips will bloom mid April. For the whole program, look here.

 

 

 

Looking For a New Game to Discover?

Have you heard of the Ludothèque in Nyon? This is a toy library based in the corner of the Place Perdtemps in Nyon. With a huge collection of toys and games for all age groups, this is the perfect place to go to discover a new game. Special workshops and events are also organised for kids and for adults (including a adult-only games night on the 19th of April). You need to be a member to borrow games. All the information regarding opening hours, events and membership can be found here.

La Venezia Open For the Season

Last but not least, La Venezia, Nyon’s Italian style gelateria situated on the lakeside (near the Quai 23) will be opening this weekend for the season. They have opened on the last two weekends, and will be open regularly from this weekend onwards. Treat yourself to delicious home-made ice cream, with loads of interesting flavours (for the adventurous, try the amazing chocolat delire (ie chocolate madness), dark chocolate with chilli).

La Venezia- Ice cream shop on the lakeside

 

Go On A Cruise On Lake Leman For Easter, Circus Workshop And Shows

 

Courtesy- cgn.ch

Easter Cruise On Lake Leman

Why not enjoy Easter Sunday on a cruise around Lake Leman, with a delicious meal prepared specially for the occasion! The menu costs 55.- per adult and 27.50 per child (6-12 year old).

Phone +41 (0)848 811 848 to book.

For the complete menu, see here

 

 

Circus Workshop During Easter Holidays

Looking for something to do for your kids this Easter? L’Elastique Citrique, Nyon’s own circus school proposes week-long workshops during the Easter holidays. Come and learn how to juggle, ride a unicycle, walk on a tightrope or climb on a trapeze throughout a week of fun and discovery. There is room left for the afternoon (1 to 5 p.m.) workshop for 8 to 13 year olds on both weeks. You can find more information and book here.

 

 

Circus Starlight In Geneva With “Entresort”

Circus Starlight presents their new show, “Entresort” in Geneva, until the 7th of April. An “entresort” is a sideshow in old funfairs, where the public would continuously enter the attraction at one end and leave at the other, discovering some strange and mysterious act inside- hence the name, entre-sort (enter-exit). This show is a modern retelling of this attraction. On stage, numerous doors lead to as many different memories and moments from the past, full of nostalgic acrobats, clowns and entertainers. More information here

 

 

Circus Helvetia- Shows In Perroy And Mies

Take your kids to a circus show by one of the best Swiss Circuses, Circus Helvetia, for a moment of magic and amazement full of acrobatics, unicycling, juggling and aerial acts.

Circus Helvetia will be stopping in Perroy(near Morges) on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th, and in Mies(near Coppet) on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th. More information and more tour dates here.

 

Jazz Concert And Local Wine

Go and enjoy a nice glass of local wine under the Chateau de Nyon whilst listening to a piano, saxophone and clarinet trio on Thursday 28th March. The concert starts at 6.30 p.m., booking required. More info here.

 

 

Weekly Night Market In Coppet

Every Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m., local market in the port.

 

Music At The Church

Instrumental Ensemble “Le Choeur Brisé” (a pun on the broken choir/the broken heart) will be playing music by G.B. Fontana (1571-1630), with readings of sacred texts from different religious traditions on Friday 29th March at the Protestant Church in Nyon.(Rue du Temple, in the centre of Nyon). The concert is free and starts at 5 p.m.

 

Flea Market In Rolle

On Saturday 30th March, “A Coffre Ouvert”, the monthly flea market will take place around the Castle in Rolle. It’s the perfect occasion if the weather is good for a nice stroll along the lakeside in Rolle.

 

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.  

Dinner in France, digestif in Switzerland

Did you know that in the summer months it is possible to have dinner in Yvoire in France and you can still return to Nyon in Switzerland for a “digestif?”

If you take the 19:20 ferry from Nyon you can arrive in Yvoire just 20 minutes later in time for dinner, have a quick wander round the pretty medieval village and return to Nyon on the 22:00 boat (the last one of the evening) to round off the evening with a digestif in Switzerland.

Check out the Living in Nyon video below (just 41 seconds long)  of the wonderful Nyon skyline that greets you as the boat makes its return journey.  Listen to the captain announce  “Ladies and Gentlemen, we are arriving in Nyon, this is the last stop, we wish you a pleasant evening and most of all – sweet dreams”!

This video was taken on a warm summer’s evening although the sound of the flag blowing in the breeze makes it appear windier that it actually was! Note: it is best to make reservations for dinner in Yvoire, restaurants here can often be very busy. One of Living in Nyon’s favourites is the Hotel/Restaurant du Port in Yvoire at the waters edge and right next to the embarkation point. For CGN boat website and time table – click here.