Trelex is located on the edge of Jura Mountain Park, between St Cergue and Nyon. I spent about 15 minutes to tour Trelex on foot, and I saw it all!

I spent much of my first Switzerland residency day getting acquainted. With my accommodations. With the other residents. With the village of Trelex. Trelex is located on the edge of Jura Mountain Park, between St Cergue and Nyon. I spent about 15 minutes to tour Trelex on foot, and I saw it all!

hay field Trelex Switzerland

Turns out, I’ve been pronouncing Trelex wrong. It’s Tre-lay. The x is silent. So I’ve been telling everyone the wrong place!

Church in Trelex Switzerland

A small church commands a view of Lake Geneva. A school borders the roadway up the mountain to St Cergue. The train station has no building, only a sidewalk to hop on and off.

Tour Trelex Switzerland

The town has a boulangerie (Lord help me), a tiny market with eclectic opening hours, and one shop, ironically called Decoration Florence. Appropriate, yes? Since I grew up in a town called Florence.

boulangerie Decoration Florence in Trelex Switzerland

Trelex, Switzerland is part of Jura Vaudois Nature Park, a mountainous area north of Lake Geneva. Over 523km of hiking trails thread through the park. On some, one can find Alpine Gruyere cheese produced in tiny huts. Wednesday morning, I walked toward the neighboring village and found this field. Vistas like this one abound in the area.

landscape around trelex switzerland

To get to the supermarket, I can take the train into Nyon a fast four stops away. I can practice yoga in the village on Monday evenings and Thursday mornings. And of course, I can hike.

Thanks for taking the time to tour Trelex with me. Connect with me on social media through the icons at the top right of my website to see even more pictures from Trelex!

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To learn more about the Trelex Residency visit their website.

The book I’m working on now is a sequel to the others in the Nowhere Series so if you haven’t read the first two – go get them now!

Welcome to my Trelex Residency! I'm staying in the guest room at Maison Binet, an eighty-year-old home in Trelex, Switzerland.

Welcome to my Trelex Writing Desk Residency! I’m staying in the guest room at Maison Binet, an eighty-year-old home in Trelex, Switzerland. I share kitchen and bath space with two other artists: Matthew, a painter from the U.K.; and James, a painter from Chicago.

Welcome to my Trelex Residency! I'm staying in the guest room at Maison Binet, an eighty-year-old home in Trelex, Switzerland.

Sunroom Writing Area At Trelex Residency in Switzerland

Residencies are communal experiences. Little privacy beyond my room. Sharing a small fridge with two other people. Scheduling time for laundry with consideration for the other residents and a busy family.

I’m staying in a private residence.

Oh, I didn’t mention the family, did I? Nina and David have three children and a very inquisitive Jack Russell terrier named Talisker.

residency dog | Welcome to my Trelex Residency! I'm staying in the guest room at Maison Binet, an eighty-year-old home in Trelex, Switzerland.

What residency would be complete without a resident dog? He’s already tried to run into the street when I left and invaded my room, where he made himself at home on the bed.

I’m writing on a Monday, my day to get settled. I trained from Lausanne with a change in Nyon and walked from the train station with three bags AND groceries. If I don’t lose a few pounds, I’ll be disappointed. I have a bicycle at my disposal, and I can use a family car if one is available, though I’m always fearful of driving abroad.

Welcome to my Trelex Residency! I'm staying in the guest room at Maison Binet, an eighty-year-old home in Trelex, Switzerland.

View from my studio room

Jura Mountains make for an inspiring view to write. Here’s to the voices who speak!

Jura Mountains | Welcome to my Trelex Residency! I'm staying in the guest room at Maison Binet, an eighty-year-old home in Trelex, Switzerland.

View from the sunroom

This is a residency – a lot of staring at screens and wrangling words in hot rooms with no air conditioning! Three chapters of I Am Number 13 revised/rewritten at the end of the first residency day. The voices already gobsmacked me once. We’ll see what tomorrow holds.

Welcome to my Trelex Residency! I'm staying in the guest room at Maison Binet, an eighty-year-old home in Trelex, Switzerland.

If the view of the Jura Mountains doesn’t inspire me, I’m doomed as a writer!!

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To learn more about the Trelex Residency visit their website.

The book I’m working on now is a sequel to the others in the Nowhere Series so if you haven’t read the first two – go get them now!

Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva

My life is a series of wrong turns.

Wrong degree. Wrong first marriage. A series of wrong men. Wrong career three times. And wrong instincts in cities. I swear, I can stare at the map, trace the outline of my path with one finger, and STILL go the wrong way. I finally found my hotel in Lausanne after my time in Milan. I walked a straight line to Lake and Geneva. I gazed at the skyline and ate gruyere. I have one night here before training to my residency on Monday. If gawping at the landscape inspires, I should vomit gorgeous words.

Artists and writers apply for residencies to get chunks of uninterrupted time to create. But on residency, we’re seldom alone. We share kitchen and bath facilities with strangers who (hopefully) become friends. We find places to hang out. We compare our creative processes and learn new tricks.

Lausanne view

The view of Lake Geneva from breakfast on Monday.

Here’s to feeding addictions (and my skin.)

While trying to find my Lausanne hotel, I wandered past a pharmacy. Nice Huile Prodigieuse beckoned me from the window, teasing a new formula. I don’t know how many I’ll buy, but I started with this lovely bottle. 

Previously I found Nuxe Dry Oil in Montreal and bought it on a whim. Constant heating dried out my skin, and I thought a heavier product worth a try. Of course, I became a Dry Oil addict. I squirted it all over myself with abandon and ran through my meager supply. When I tried to get more, it was sold out in the US. (Apparently, I’m not the only Dry Oil Crack Slave.)  NOTE: Nuxe didn’t pay me for this product endorsement. I mentioned it online because I love it.

Nuxe Dry Oil

I struggle with travel when I’m alone.

Exploring isn’t fun without MTM, but I try. I spent one night in Lausanne on my way from Milan to Trelex. I wandered the shores of Lake Geneva, found gruyere crepes, and used a cash machine to dispense my first Swiss francs. On my only night alone, I returned to my hotel at 6pm and fell asleep. I woke up to shower and went back to sleep at 9:00. I got up this morning at 9am and expect to fully be over lingering jet lag. I will take the train to Trelex to begin my stint as Writers Desk Resident this afternoon.

Here’s to a loud brain and nimble fingers.