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LisadeliveringbooksLisa heading out to make the first deliveries of the new book.

The 10th edition of the popular Know-it-all passport® guidebook is now hot off the press and being delivered to local shops near you!

Look out for the new shiny, hardback cover on the book shelves and see for yourself the wealth of new information that has been packed into this special anniversary edition of the book, targeting the English-speaking community of Geneva, Vaud and neighboring France.

With 780 pages and more than 50 chapters, the 10th edition includes 2 new chapters devoted to helping English-speaking residents integrate into this region.  COOK LIKE A LOCAL includes lots of interesting facts about local dishes and useful food-related expressions, whereas SPEAK LIKE A LOCAL clears up some of the confusion that can often occur over similar sounding words, and provides a number of handy phrases to help you appear more confident when talking to locals.  Not only will newcomers benefit from these new chapters, but those living in the area for years will certainly learn something new!

Asked why she decided to launch the new book in a shiny hardback cover, editor Lisa Cirieco-Ohlman told us, “The success of Know-it-all passport is due largely to the thousands of recommendations that I have received about local business and services over the past 17 years.  I wanted people to hold the book and see themselves in the solid mirror-like cover, and understand that it is their contributions that have inspired me to make Know-it-all passport® what it is today!”

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Enter our competition and win a 2-night break for 2 people in a Base Suite (see conditions below)!

A new concept in apartment hotels has just arrived in Nyon. Located just 50 meters from Nyon station, Base Nyon opened its doors to the public on 1 October 2015, and features a modern, contemporary design with 52 top-quality suites, which can be booked for any length of stay ranging from one night to several months.

The suites are targeted at business people, who expect the high standards of a premium hotel when visiting local companies, as well as new employees looking for the flexibility of temporary accommodation, and tourists looking for a convenient short stay in a buzzing holiday town like Nyon.

With many large multinational companies now setting up in this region, Nyon is currently experiencing an economic boom, which is expected to place considerable pressure on the local market for accommodation over the next five years, including both long-term rental apartments and short-stay hotel rooms.  So the arrival of a prestigious apartment hotel, which meets the demands of many different visitors to the region, has come at the perfect time.

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Enter our competition to win an invitation for two at their special birthday celebrations on Thursday, 13 November!

It is now 10 years since removal specialists, Harsch, The Art of Moving, set up their invaluable relocation service, Harsch Relocation, in Geneva and Lausanne. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the company will host a special event for clients and partners at the MAMCO museum of modern and contemporary art in Geneva, on Thursday, 13 November, 2014.

As a long-standing partner of Harsch, Know-it-all passport has been fortunate to receive 2 additional invitations for its readers to attend this event, which will include a guided tour of MAMCO, as well as a welcome drink and post-tour dining cocktail which, judging by previous Harsch events, is guaranteed to impress!


How many times have you heard people talking about how wonderful it is that we live in such an international area as the Lake Geneva region?  People are coming and going all the time  - many plan to stay for just a few months, others inevitably stay longer, as they fall in love with a region that has so much to offer – not just to tourists, but visiting business professionals, and expats who have decided to make Switzerland their home.

Once the decision has been made to stay, be it for one week,  several months, or even years, then it’s time to start looking for accommodation.  A quick browse on the internet or through the local papers can be extremely helpful in identifying property to rent – however most of the properties advertised usually require long-term rental contracts or are not furnished. Even if you have decided to stay for a few years, many families, in particular, prefer to test the water first, by staying in a hotel until they have got the feel of the area. As time passes and suitable properties fail to materialize, costs can soon mount up.

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A new community art project has just been set up in Geneva, designed to brighten up our streets and help Geneva residents get to their neighbors better.

Created by the Tako organization, the new project, called “Boîtes d’Echange Entre Voisins”, encourages residents to leave items that they no longer require in their local box, in exchange for other items already left by their neighbors in the same box.

By swapping personal belongings such as books, CDs, DVDs, and games, it is hoped that residents will not only enjoy the element of surprise and anticipation surrounding the discovery of a box and its contents, but they will also come away with a better understanding of their neighbors, and what interests them.