“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

Football’s coming home and Nyon can be proud

This is the way football should be. A true celebration of the beautiful game. During the three weeks of Euro 2008, Swiss,Turkish, Spanish, Portugese, German, French, Russian, Dutch and other nationalities all congegrated in the UBS Arena in Nyon. Not once did I see any violence, any problems, or confrontations. All I saw was a healthy respect for each other’s country.

The arena was not just a place for fans, it was also a place where parents could feel comfortable about bringing their children too.

There were days when the downpours made the atmosphere more subdued, on others the fans cheered on in baking heat. The moon appeared over the stadium one night and the people on the ferry which was sailing along the lakeside at the same time must have had a magnificent view of all the happy fans.

Its worth noting that although beer was on sale each night there never seemed to be any over drunkenness.


Some evenings saw the arena packed, at other times there were not many folk, but throughout it all there was a spirit of bonhomie. There was collective sighing and booing at the referees, frustration at missed shots and sheer joy when goals were scored.


After matches the crowd often congregated around the railway station and it became a noisy, but fun place to be. The police were there but kept a healthy distance, with an eye on it all whilst smiling at the fun. The law about the tooting of car horns was completely ignored, they just let the fans celebrate. If there were any problems, I didn’t see any any. What I did see impressed me enormously.


The Spanish fans were in joyous mood last night around Nyon but those whose team didn’t make it still got in their cars to wave flags and be part of the celebrations. A fitting way for a town that has the headquarters of UEFA along its lakeside. This is how football should be. The football fans of Nyon should be proud of themselves.
Take a look at the photos below to see what I mean.









I heard that there was a similar atmosphere over in Plainpalais in Geneva with the Germans and the Spanish hugging each other at the end of the match last night. Positively heartwarming.
This post was also published on Genevalunch

Euro 2008 in Nyon – Painting the town red

The centre of Nyon was a fun place to be last night whether you were routing for Portugal, Turkey, or Switzerland. Red was the predominant colour on T-shirts, flags and hats.

The area around the railway station is full of fans, and there’s a great atmosphere. No sooner had the final whistle blew after the Portugese game finished, the crowds came out to celebrate.

Meanwhile the Swiss fans walked down to the UBS arena in party mood and full of hope. It was looking so good for the first hour and the fun atmosphere continued down athe UBS arena. What a shame about the result.


The walk back up the hill from the stadium to the car park was a sad one indeed.

Still Nyon is such a cosmopolitan town there were bound to be some Turkish fans around and they were there in the rain celebrating.

Things are hotting up for the football..even if the weather isn’t

There was a brief respite from the downpours yesterday. Enough to get a glimpse of the UBS arena being built down on the lake side. There will be 1,900 places (non seated) free of charge and 1,200 paid seats to enable fans to watch the matches. The arena will open two hours before the first match and one hour after the last match, there will be more than one match played on the same night in the two host countries. There is a special website for more info on Euro 2008 events in Vaud. The lake road will be closed at certain times during the three weeks so allow extra time (if you’ll excuse the pun) to arrive at your destination

Meanwhile normal Nyon life went ahead with the Tuesday weekly sailing regatta.

And of course, neither rain or football stops when there’s a garden to be tended. A break in the rain meant that the vegetables could be dug up in this Nyon garden.

Footy Fever

The signs are going up around the town and the pace for Euro2008 is hotting up.

Shame the weather isn’t doing the same.