“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

On the road to rock

The rain held off last night for the first few hours of Longirock when the fans began to arrive for a second night of rocking. If you want to go up to this three day festival, free buses will leave from Gland and Bassins to take you to the venue. Dress warmly, wear your boots, be prepared to get muddy and have fun as these fans did in the photos below. On the programme for Saturday is the band the Scorpions (their only date in Switzerland) Juliette Lewis and more. Check out the other bands playing on the programme.

Below: Images of the festival from last night

Below: Salome Faure and Vincent Borgeaud from the Valleé de Joux. They are camping at the festival for the whole three days to see all the bands but are big fans of the Scorpions playing tonight Saturday

Longirod – Ready for Rocking from today

The tents are in place, the bands are beginning to arrive and everything is set for three days of rocking as Longirock begins today. This one off rock festival is taking place up in the beautiful area of  Longirod and has attracted some big names of rock from The Scorpions to the Young Gods, Skunk Anansie to Juliette Lewis. There are Swiss bands playing too, so if you want to hear Swiss rock, Longirock is also the place to be.

On Saturday, Gogol Bordello are due to play (this band proved extremely popular when they played at previous rock festivals in the area). See this U tube video of them here.

Some nights are for fans of heavy rock, punk and heavy metal, some nights for a slightly “softer” sound, but rock is the focus of all three nights. There are covered tents for the bands and audience so the weather shouldn’t stop the music, but it is obviously advisable to dress warmly and wear sensible shoes. Along with the music there will be stands for food, bars, merchandising etc. There has also been an art contest for this festival with big prize money for the winners. Their work will be shown in an open air exhibition on site.

The Longirock website is in English to find out more about the festival. Tickets are still  available online or at the festival site. This is a one off festival when for three days, the village of Longirod and area  of just 400 people will host up to 40,000 so don’t miss out!

How to get up to Longirod. Free transport has been arranged from Gland and Bassins (see below)

By car:
From Lausanne: Take the A1 motorway direction Geneva. Take exit Aubonne, direction Aubonne and Gimel. From Gimel follow signs to festival.

From Geneva: Take the A1 motorway direction Lausanne. Take exit Gland, direction Begnins / Marchairruz. Pass through Vich, Begnins, Burtigny and Marchissy. From Marchissy follow signs to festival.

Car sharing: you can organise car sharing on e-covoiturage.ch. More information in “Car sharing” section.

Public transport : A free transfer system will be put in place between the train station of Gland and the festival. The same service will be available from the train station of Bassins along the Nyon St-Cergue train line. More details and the time table can be downloaded as a PDF file from the Longirock site.