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Compiled by Catherine Nelson-Pollard

Brief News from Romandie There’s an App for that! The association of wine makers from the canton of Vaud and Valais have their own Apps. Both of them enable the viewer to source information about wines and grape varieties in each canton. The “Les Vins du Valais” App lets

for Swiss National Day. Check out the CGN website for full info.

Audrey remembered “A tribute to Audrey Hepburn” is the name given to two exhibitions paying homage to the actress, who lived in the village of Tolochenaz near Morges for thirty years. The first exhibition is at the Musée Forel in Morges and runs from 17 March to 25 November, focusing on her cinematographic career.


was named as the “Book village of Switzerland” due to a high concentration of small printers, papermakers, second hand and antiquarian book dealers in the village and area. St Pierre de Clages is part of the International Organisation of Book Towns. The Book Town concept was initiated by Richard Booth in Hay-on-Wye on the border between England and Wales. There are now approximately 14 book towns across the world. The fair takes place this year 24-26 August.

The second exhibition, running 17 March to 26 August, is at the Expo Fondation Bolle in Morges, and focuses on her house and her involvement with her work on humanitarian aid with Unicef.

Summer Cruises on Lake Geneva The summer timetable for the CGN ferries that cruise back and forth on Lake Geneva begins on 24 June and continues through until 9 September. Each year there are a variety of cruises on offer from “Gourmet on the Lake” cruises to “Belle Epoque” and “Panoramic” cruises. Traditionally on the first day of August, a special cruise is organised

If you love Reggae, Calypso music and Caribbean food then there’s a party for you on 2 June in Eysins. The Jamaican Association of Switzerland will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence at the Salle Polyvante in Eysins (near Nyon) from 20:00 onwards with music, dancing, a big party atmosphere and guest star “Wyclef Refugee All Stars”. For more info and tickets, telephone 078601 3950 or 079 308 9342

Annual second hand book fair at the “Book village of Switzerland” Every year on the final weekend of August, the village of St Pierre de Clages near Chamoson in the Valais hosts a big second hand book fair with over 100 stands of books on offer. The event attracts almost 20,000 visitors over the three days. The village itself

The book village of Switzerland


you explore nearly 300 wineries, wine bars and events by locality, name and category. It even suggests wine routes to follow including a visit to the highest vineyard in Europe at Visperteminen situated at 1150m. The App for “Les Vins Vaudois” lists similar information, and it also gives a list of wine related events and award winning wines from the canton, such as the winners of the Coupe Internationale du Chasselas and of the Concours International de Gamay in 2011.

Jamaican Association of Switzerland Party on 2nd June

Hello Switzerland for Expatriates, Summer Edition 2012  

Hello Switzerland is written by expats for expats living in Switzerland. Designed mainly for English speakers, the magazine contains feature...