Nyon in a Neon Light and a selection of Upcoming Events

Take a look at these photos of Nyon taken via a cool app called Paper Camera. See Nyon in a neon light! Photo above taken from the window of the Appunto café in Nyon looking across the street. Photos below taken from the same angle using a different format, followed by photos of the inside of the café and of Nyon railway station.


Keeping on the photo theme  it’s the last few weeks of  the Best Press Photographs exhibition in Prangins.
The Château de Prangins is the only venue in French-speaking Switzerland to host Swiss Press Photo 11, featuring the best press photographs from 2010 in the following categories: Current Events, Everyday and Environment, Portrait, Art and Culture, Sport, and Foreign.  Geneva based Christian Lutz won the main prize with his series on the oil business in Nigeria. There is also a special tribute to René Burri, who received the Swiss Press Photo Lifetime Achievement Award marking twenty years of Swiss Press Photo. The exhibition began in December and runs until the 18th March.  Opening hours Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 to 17:00.

Thursday 23rd February Jazz and Wine at the caveau of Nyon in the castle. Doors open at 17:00, concert begins at 18:30  with Bertrand Neyroud and Thomas Winteler.  Further info call Stéphane le Bidre  at the caveau de nyon 022 361 95 25 or 079 639 65 56.

Also on Thursday 23rd February  in Geneva, a BSCC (British Swiss Chamber of Commerce ) event. “Speaker’s Corner at the Crowne Plaza”.  Keynote speaker: David Kirk, Chief Criminal Counsel, Financial Services Authority (FSA), London, “Financial Regulation in Good Times and Bad: the Art of the Possible.”  Plus two BSCC Small and Micro members on the soapbox: Tim Boyse of Fresh Look Consulting and Mathieu Trepanier of Tsquared Consulting Partners SA.  18.30-21.00. Crowne Plaza, 75 ave Louis-Casaï, 1216 Geneva.

Friday 24 February at the Club 1306 (in the old town of Nyon) ” “Sigue Volando” at 20:30  Afro Cuban jazz fireworks, carnival time with 9 musicians.  Free entry hat passed round for musicians at end of evening. See Club 1306 for more info. 

For other events in the region, check out the Nyon Tourism site.





Author of Swiss Watching gives great review of “Living along Lac Léman”/ Results of BSCC awards


Photo above, the  “Rue des Belles Filles”- The Street of Beautiful girls” (who wouldn’t want to live here?) from the article “Being Streetwise in Switzerland” from “Living along Lac Léman”.

Diccon Bewes, the author of “Swiss Watching” ( Best Book of 2010 -Financial Times) and travel writer (Lonely Planet and Holiday Which) has just reviewed “Living along Lac Léman” , the Living in Nyon book.

He says; “The book contains a varied selection of Catherine’s columns from La Côté newspaper over the past three years, so it makes for perfect dip-in-and-out reading. Short pieces about life along the lakeshore, fitting in as an expat, Swiss foibles and learning French. And that’s what I loved most about it. There’s such a mix of subjects, you don’t have to know the area that well to enjoy it. For sure, some of the articles have a distinctly local flavour – not just the Paléo festival in Nyon but street names in Geneva or tourist howlers in Morges – but most are about something anyone in Switzerland can relate to: eating fondue, getting to know your neighbours, talking about the weather and kissing friends hello. All crucial subjects for every expat who has been here more than a few weeks.”

 Photo above from article in book: “Don’t worry be happy” – “Pas de Souci”

He also goes on to say; “Adding more than a touch of depth are Catherine’s photos alongside each text. They cover, of course,  the gorgeous views and festival revellers but also more mundane things like fresh bread, football crowds and spring flowers. Not every book has the luxury of great colour photos, as I know all too well, but this one makes the most of that by using them to add some real local colour to the already engaging text. Of such things, I can but dream”.

You can read the full review here and find out more about Diccon and his book here

If you would like to purchase  a copy of  “Living along Lac Léman”

 just click here to order and to see the list of  local retail outlets.  Here’s another review by Know it all Passport 

 Other news, the BSCC Business Awards ceremony took place last night at the Beau Rivage in Geneva. Living in Nyon was one of the finalists in these awards and although the site didn’t take home the top prize at the end of the evening, the editor was delighted to be nominated in the first place and recognised for “their contributions to business success in Britain and Switzerland”. In the words of Michael Mckay BSCC Chairman-Geneva Chapter, “all the finalists were winners to get to the stage of being selected”. You can see the full list of winners here.

BSCC Business Awards video on Living in Nyon!

The BSCC Business Awards ceremony is due to take place on Wednesday 30th November at the Beau Rivage hotel in Geneva. Living in Nyon is a finalist in the awards. A film crew came to Nyon to film the editor and to find out more about this site and the town itself.  Check out the video below!  

Talk by Commonwealth Secretary General at BSCC and Welcome Day for newcomers to the region

The Commonwealth – Crossing continents and many Countries. (photo of the video screen on an aeroplane seat!) 

Here are a few of the events happening around the area, and in Geneva over the next couple of weeks. The first is another meet up of Male Trailing Spouses at Les Brasseurs pub in Nyon TONIGHT 10th May at 20:00. Just turn up or email cnp at bluewin.ch for more info. See previous post here about these events. 

Don’t forget that “The Producers”, the Mel Brooks Musical, begins its run this week at the Nyon Marens Theatre in Nyon! See previous post for more info.

Talk by Commonwealth Secretary General

On Monday 16th May the guest speaker at the BSCC (British Swiss Chamber of Commerce)will be Kamalesh Sharma the Commonwealth Secretary General – He will address the topic “Future Directions of the Commonwealth”. This will be at Le Richemond  Hotel in Geneva 11:45 Aperitif 12:15 Luncheon.  Registration by Thursday 13th May 2011. For more info see the BSCC website.

Here is some background information on the Commonwealth provided by the BSCC. 

“The world’s largest and smallest, richest and poorest countries make up the Commonwealth and are home to two billion citizens of all faiths and ethnicities. Member countries span six continents and oceans. Its nearly 2 billion citizens account for about 30 per cent of the world’s population and 25 per cent of international trade and investment. It is bound together by a shared history and by the English language, the world’s lingua franca. Here in Geneva, Commonwealth countries account for 40 per cent of WTO membership. Membership continues to grow.  The most recent members are Rwanda, admitted at the 2009 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and Cameroon and Mozambique, the first countries to join with no historical or administrative association with another Commonwealth country. Beyond the ties of history, language and institutions, it is the association’s values which unite its members: democracy, freedom, peace, the rule of law and opportunity for all.

Kamalesh Sharma, an Indian diplomat, became Commonwealth Secretary-General on 1 April 2008. Previously, he served as India’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom”. 

Want to know more ? See a video about the Commonwealth here.

Welcome Day for Newcomers to this region

Another event that may interest readers to be held on May 20th and organised by International Link is a “Welcome Day”.  The goal of the Welcome Day is to familiarise newcomers with this region and give them a first official introduction to their new environment.

Various aspects,  politics, economy, culture and tourism in Vaud and Switzerland will be presented in the hope of helping them answer the question – how to deal with everything here?  It is an informal, friendly event at which people from different companies and cultures can interact and discover the best way to truly feel at home here. They will have the opportunity to ask questions about anything that concerns them and receive useful documentation. We will also present the advantages offered to expats through International Link, such as specific integration and career workshops. We will conclude by enjoying a buffet lunch together to taste Vaud seasonal specialties.

Foreign individuals can attend the Welcome Day. To register, please send an e-mail to internationallink@cvci.ch with your contact details.  The fee for foreign individuals or participants from non-member companies is 200 CHF.


8h30-8h45            Welcoming

8h45-9h05            “Putting Switzerland on the map” presentation by Red Cut

9h05-9h40            Interactive Game

9h40-10h00          Presentation by the Lake Geneva Region Tourism Office

10h00-10h15        How to buy a House in Switzerland? presentation by Credit Suisse

10h15-11h00        Coffee Break and networking game

11h00-11h45        Living in Switzerland: Tips, Politics, Economy

11h45-12h00        International Link: What it is and how to use it

12h00-12h15        Questions & Answers

12h15-13h45        Buffet Lunch

The event is free of charge if the company is a member of International Link or in the process of becoming one. Venue CVCI, Avenue d’Ouchy 47, Lausanne (Metro M2: stop at Jordils)  

Brocante Sale

On the 13th May 09:00 – 21:00 there will be a Brocante sale over in Gex at  L’Ancienne Ferme Brocante and
Saturday 14th May 09:00 to 15:00.   Address  485 rue de l’Etraz, 01170 Gex, France.

Bring a friend or partner to help select from an unusual range of antique and  brocante items; painted furniture from the Paintsmith and Phoenix greetings cards.  Leave the children to play in the garden and make time for coffee and cake. For further information contact Sian Sibley on 00 33 4 50 41 92 30 or email s.sibley@orange.fr  Park on the road and walk up the drive.