Mother’s Day on Sunday – Present Idea – Gardens Show in Coppet

On Sunday 11th May it is “Mother’s Day” in Switzerland. If you are looking for  present ideas, it’s worth visiting the small but interesting shop down at the Rive in Nyon called “Continents Apart”. This shops sells handmade jewellery, much of it made by Deborah Willis, the owner of the shop. Deborah travels to Asia to source original stones and jewellery items, and returns to Switzerland and reworks it to create one-off pieces, necklaces, bracelets etc. She also imports beautiful, brightly coloured necklaces made out of  vegetable ivory. These are created by two families living in Ecuador, the sale of these necklaces helps to fund the education of their children. Prices for the necklaces and other goods in the shop are very reasonable and the shop is open at the weekend including Sunday!

Continents Apart is at Rue de Rive  48  in Nyon. Tel 022 361 -6700

Photos below – gift ideas

Earrings and rings

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Necklaces made out of vegetable ivory

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Vegetable ivory in its original form (husk in photo below)

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More jewellry

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 The shop down at the Rive in Nyon (just around the corner from the very popular Italian ice cream shop)

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 Jardins en Fête

On Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May, the Jardins en Fête gardening and flower show will be held in the grounds of at the Château de Coppet.  There are lots of lovely gardens on show, and in competition. The event is also host to garden designers, garden retailers and lots more, see website here. There will be food and refreshments served at the fête.  Opening times Friday 10:00 to 19:00, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 to 18:00.   See articles and photos here from a previous year on Living in Nyon.


Clothes shopping on a Sunday, English speaking sales staff and a 10% discount for Living in Nyon readers!


Did you know that you can now shop for clothes on a Sunday at the Karen Millen store in Geneva?  Not only is the store open on a Sunday for personal shopping (by previous appointment ), but Sarah Groves, the franchise partner of Karen Millen in Switzerland, will guide you towards the perfect outfit including shoes and accessories, whether you are looking for a whole new summer wardrobe, or just a couple of items. In addition she is offering a 10% discount on purchases to Living in Nyon readers.

Photo above: Sarah Groves, happy to help her customers shop to find the perfect outfit and on a Sunday too!
This Sunday private shopping concept is a great opportunity to shop in peace (and for busy mums to leave the children with partners for a few hours!) and to try on outfits to their  heart’s content. The Rive car park is located near to the store and the store is easily accessed via public transport. From Cornavin train station take tram lines 12 and 14 to Rive, or buses 5 and 8  which also stop at Rive, directly next to the Karen Millen store. 

 The Karen Millen store has been established in Geneva since 2002 and Sarah has been supplying stylish clothes to both the Swiss and expat community since it first opened its doors and is now one of Europe’s top stores.
Sarah explained to living in Nyon, “Karen Millen is a designer name but our prices are not stratospheric, they are very competitive, for example, you can pick up a pretty summer dress at  280 CHF  or 175 CHF for a skirt and readers will also be happy to hear we also stock clothes in a wide size range, from size 6 to 16. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service in the shop, it’s our mantra and the fact that we all speak fluent English is very important to  many of our customers”.   

If you would like to book a personal shopping session on a Sunday and take advantage of the 10% discount to Living in Nyon readers (discount valid for any day, not just Sunday) then email, mention Living in Nyon, and happy shopping!

Address of the Geneva store: – 7 Cours de Rive, 1204 Geneva, Switzerland.

Opening Hours  Monday:10.00-19.00 Friday:10.00-19.00,  Tuesday:10.00- 19.00, Wednesday:10.00- 19.00, Thursday:10.00-21.0, Saturday:10.00- 18.00 Sunday by personal appointment. Tel: 022-3104201