So Swiss: Nice Nyon

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Nyon is another one lucky town situated on Lake Geneva. It is between Geneva and Lausanne, amid the vineyards of La Côte. Nyon derived its name from one of the Roman towns, Noviodunum or Noiodunum. In the 13th Century the Counts of Savoy built a castle and nowadays this castle, towering over the old town, houses the Museum of History and Porcelain, containing valuable items from the former porcelain manufacturing industry in the town.

I was able to see beautiful arcades dating from the 13th century.

We frequently visit Nyon for the flea market that happens every last Sunday of the month. Here you’ll find interesting artifacts and secondhand items for sale, as well as open shops and restaurants (on a Sunday, because most stores in Switzerland are closed).

Quai 23 and Le Grand Cafe at Hotel Real are my favorite spots in Nyon, so far.

I enjoy eating my favorite Tricolore pizza in a young-and-old ambiance of this restaurant. Quai 23 does not run out of clients because food is not only of good quality, it is also reasonably priced. Their spicy pizza, Diavolo, which I recently ordered, however, wasn’t hot enough.
Le Grand Cafe is one modern fascade that is strategically located along the quayside at the old town proper. Especially at summertime, lots of people stay here to have some cold drinks, watch others pass by (hot cars and bikes to boot), and definitely enjoy the sun and get a tan.
Last Easter Sunday, I was able to explore Nyon much more, further away from the old town, and was able to discover more stores and restaurants along the way. Nyon could be a bit vibrant and prettier on weekends.

Nyon is more likely a popular place for youngsters because of the Paléo Festival, which occurs in summer every year. I had my chance to get the Paléo festival experience last year (read my chronicle here).

To know more about this pretty town, check out the following sites:

nyon.ch

myswitzerland.com

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