Wednesday, April 16, 2014

N is for... Nyon, and Being Nicole's Minion (and finally my ROW80 goals!)

N is for Nyon -- and being Nicole's minion!

I'm really enjoying being part of the A to Z Challenge so far! And it's fun being one of Nicole's Mighty Minions, too!

I guess all of us are feeling the pressure to keep up with visits and comments. There are 2107 participants this year! Some of course, once you visit you realise, aren't actually participating; I saw an apology on one blog that said the blogger just couldn't make it after all. So far the best part for me has been discovering blogs outside of the writing and reading circle -- sometimes I forget that people blog on topics other than books (or food and cats)!

Speaking of books, I hadn't had a chance to post my ROW80 goals. I've got two for this round: write an essay for Bizim Anadolu, and do my own version of the NaNoWriMo Writing Marathon! The official marathon was last Saturday, but I'm hoping to do mine on the final Saturday in April. A full day of writing and nothing else! Who's going to join me?

And now, some shots from our day trip to Nyon:

I like the name of this street: Passage des Pirates

Not sure who this fellow is...

Flags! (Why the fish, I wonder?)

The castle square

Other side of the square

Arched entrance

View from the castle, looking towards France

View from the castle

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

M is for... Magnificent Weather

M is for magnificent weather!

We've been really lucky with the weather since we've arrived - it rained one morning (my first day of work, actually), and even then it was warm.

I've got some gratuitous shots of sunshine and spring blooms!

Sunshine over the lake

The flower clock in the Jardin Anglais (English Garden)

Another sunny day, with the Alps in the background

No idea what these flowers are - they're so jaunty!

Jet d'Eau in sunshine

Spring blooms! Such a contrast after the endless cold and snow in Montreal

Monday, April 14, 2014

L is for... Lac Leman

L is for Lac Leman - and bathing!

The other day the temperature rose to 22 Celsius (so far it's only rained one morning in the two weeks we've been here!) and I was sorely tempted to go swimming - before I thought of how cold the water might be and chickened out.

They've got an area on Lac Leman marked off for bathers, and it's a lovely spot:

Look how clear the water is!

Lighthouse at the end of the bathing pier

 Sunshine on the lake

 A long view

 Wonderful spot to swim... maybe when the water's a bit warmer

 The bathing pool

Rainbow!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

K is for... PanoramiK Photos

K is for PanoramiK Photos! Yes, I'm fudging this letter a bit, too.

View from near the Quai des Paquis, with the Jet d'eau and hotels on the right

View from near the Quai des Paquis, looking across to the Alps (Mont Blanc hidden by clouds)

View from the North Tower of the Saint Pierre Cathedral

View from Nyon Castle, looking across to France!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I is for... "Bird's Eye" Views

I is for "bird's eye" views.

Yes, I'm stretching the letter to cover a homonym!

Guide to birds of the lake

Sparrow collecting nesting material

Young girl with chicks (probably for Easter)

Sparrow in pub!

Swans

Swans

Swans and ducks and lovely clear lake

And then there was the dove on our windowsill...


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

H is for... Helvetica, and Heights

H is for... Helvetica.

Helvetica, which means Swiss in Latin, is a typeface designed in 1957. Then there's the Confoederatio Helvetica, the Latin name for Switzerland. And then there's Helvetia, the female national personification of the country:

Helvetia in the Jardin d'anglais
From Wikipedia: "The allegory is typically pictured in a flowing gown, with a spear and a shield emblazoned with the Swiss flag, and commonly with braided hair, commonly with a wreath as a symbol of confederation.
The name is a derivation of the ethnonym Helvetii, the name of the Gaulish tribe inhabiting the Swiss Plateau prior to the Roman conquest."

His also for heights!


We took a drive up to St Cergue, on the foothills of the Jura mountains. The temperature dropped five degrees Celsius on the way up!


If we'd gone a little higher, we would have seen snow -- but I had enough of that back in Montreal!

From there we drove down toward the village of Gland, which is near Michael Schumacher's estate and ranch, and where apparently Phil Collins has a house. It's also near the UEFA headquarters.

In the afternoon we stopped by a bakery that had some inspirational sweets: