The Sunken Mysteries of Osiris

A group of us met in the shady gardens of the Rietberg Museum on 15 June for an informal lunch before our guided tour of the Osiris exhibition, the story of Osiris, the Egyptian god of rebirth. Our guide was excellent – engaged, informed and fluent – we could not have done better. This spectacular […]

Visit to the Parco Botanico di Gambarogno

This visit had been postponed since for lack of inscriptions but took place instead on 12 June with the 3 members who had made contact and who had never visited this botanic treasure before. We had with us a very knowledgeable guest from the Mallet Court Nurseries in Somerset. Thus we had a most instructive […]

Shakespeare at Château de Chillon

In the perfect theatrical setting of the Château de Chillon, by the shores of Lake Léman, BRA members enjoyed an open-air theatre performance on 8 June of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. It took place in one of the château’s courtyards with stage props at a minimum as the surrounding walls, doors and staircases provided all […]

Lunch and Visit of Sion

It was very pleasant to sit outside on 30 May under La Pinte Contheysanne’s restaurant awnings in Sion Old Town, in perfect spring weather, and enjoy lunch with 21 other BRA members. Some of us might have been disappointed to see Madame Fumeaux, our indomitable guide, appear on the dot at 14:00 to take us […]

AGM & Spring Luncheon

The 70th Annual General Meeting and Spring Luncheon of the British Residents’ Association of Switzerland was held on 13 May at the Hotel Le Warwick in Geneva. The AGM achieved exactly what it is all about, bringing people together, enjoying the moment, renewing friendships and discussing the past and future of our Association. It is […]

Château de Vullierens Visit

The Château de Vullierens stands above Morges amongst the most beautiful countryside imaginable. The first building was erected in the 14thcentury but the present château was constructed between 1712 and 1715 and is now classed as an historical monument of national interest. The views from the house over the surrounding countryside are spectacular. The present […]

Claude Monet Exhibition

Those who did not come with us to the Claude Monet Exhibition at the Beyeler Museum in Riehen on 26 April really missed a treat. Monet was masterful as a colourist and as a painter of light and atmosphere. His observations of the same subject, viewed at various times of the day, were captured in […]

La Maison De La Cloche Visit

At the village of Juriens, in the Pied du Jura, is a magnificent private collection of Swiss cow bells, some dating back to the 1500s. On 26 April a small group of us discovered this treasure hidden behind barn doors. They are the property of Olivier Grandjean who greeted us warmly and led us to […]

Golf Day Chermignon

A great day out was had by the BRA group of Romandie East on Thursday 6th April. The group visited the public golf course at Chermignon d’en Bas (no handicap required), near Crans Montana. The sun was shining, the fairway trees were in full bloom, the greens were lush and the view was spectacular across […]