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Re: Plans to move in Neuchatel

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It's certainly true that you will get the tobacco smell from the factory intermittently in that area of Neuchatel. It is often more noteable higher up than down below and is really rather dependant on the weather conditions.

It is possible to get a list of all the schools in Neuchatel but there is no information about each individual school. I suppose if you have the name of the school you could see if the school has a website which could give you a bit more info.

Good luck with your continuing search. Do you not get any help from your husband's company with regard to flat hunting?
Yes we get a lot of help from people from the HR and others. We are still back home at the moment and my husband is arriving in N. at the end of June to look in person. Still, it is always a matter of availability.
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Yes we get a lot of help from people from the HR and others. We are still back home at the moment and my husband is arriving in N. at the end of June to look in person. Still, it is always a matter of availability.
1st July is one of the official moving in dates for Switzerland so there should be a fair bit of availability around that time as it's quite common for people to move over the summer.
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Another welcome from us! We, too, are moving to Neuchâtel this summer and are trying to figure things out. Wish you good luck!

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Hi christabelle,
Since I am about to relocate myself in Neuchatel this summer I can not be much of a help to you but I can welcome you and wich you all the best.
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1st July is one of the official moving in dates for Switzerland so there should be a fair bit of availability around that time as it's quite common for people to move over the summer.
I am sure you are right about that. But the announcements for the houses shouldn’t be posted already??
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I am sure you are right about that. But the announcements for the houses shouldn’t be posted already??
Yes they should and most of the available places for 1st July should already be taken by the end of June. (unless they have problems.

Having said that there are people moving throughout the summer who need to find suitable tenants to take over their leases so I'm sure ther'll still be stuff available.
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Hi,
After more search we are seriously thinking of rending an apartment in the area of St-Blaise. I would like to hear comments about the area, the local school … any kind of comment. Thanks a lot.
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After more search we are seriously thinking of rending an apartment in the area of St-Blaise. I would like to hear comments about the area, the local school … any kind of comment. Thanks a lot.
St Blaise is a nice little suburb of Neuchâtel. There are good public transport links into town (although the buses stop at around midnight so no good if you want a serious night out in town)

My son goes to the school in St Blaise but he is in secondary already and I have no direct experience of the enfantine and primary levels although I have heard good things about it.

It is also very near to the big Marin shopping centre where most of the big shops are located. I've heard a rumour that they are going to build both IKEA and Conforama there in the next couple of years too.
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Re: Plans to move in Neuchatel

IKEA?!!

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Old 20.06.2012, 21:26
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Re: Plans to move in Neuchatel

St Blaise is lovely, with a very nice medieval kernel, vineyards and a beach with sailing club. My friend and ex Au-Pair in our family in UK, who was born and bred there says the primary school is very good. Excellent location as BM says.
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Old 20.06.2012, 21:28
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....both IKEA and Conforama there in the next couple of years too.
A good reason to stick around in Neuchatel lol

A friend of mine grew up in St Blaise, he loves how open (with the lake there) it feels, and how rural it is in the forests nearby. Perfect place for a kid I'd say.
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Re: Plans to move in Neuchatel

So....I will feel very sorry if we don't get this house after all . For once more thanks everybody for the help.
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So....I will feel very sorry if we don't get this house after all . For once more thanks everybody for the help.
I hope you get it too. It should be really easy for the kids to make friends locally in St Blaise and there are loads of things going on for kids there.

And you'd be pretty close to us.
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And you'd be pretty close to us.
...and I was wondering about that!! It would be great to be neighbors. I will let you know as soon as it becomes definite.
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Re: Plans to move in Neuchatel

Hello again everybody!!! I’ve been completely silent for a while because of the relocation. So we are now officially members of the Saint-Blaise community. The apartment is almost completely operational, the kids are here and we can’t wait until tomorrow for the schools to start. The area is really-really beautiful, just five minutes from the lake with lots of things going on there. As for the weather, it feels like home…
I noticed there is a swimming date at Auvernier this Friday I would love to come along with the kids but it is the same day that my husbands company is planning also an event and the kids will have school obligations until noon, won’t they?
I also have a demanding question to pose. Our apartment is full of cartons which I tried to get ride at the benne at the Chemin de la Plage but it was full. So I don’t know what other options I have except from driving to the déchèterie de l’Entre-deux-Lacs or IKEA. On the recycling instructions provided to me by the municipality office certain dates are given for the collection of paper. Can someone please explain to me how the system works and if this applies to cartons as well?
I wish you a pleasant and relaxing Sunday!!!
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Re: Plans to move in Neuchatel

In the 50s and 60s, living in Serrières was a smell in hell- although some enjoyed it. The Suchard chocolate factory was just above 'La Brunette' cigarette factory (now of course PM) - and people there lived sandwiched between chocolate and tobacco smells. Must say though, that the tobacco smell is very pleasant, not at all like cigarette smoke. Nowadays extraction systems etc, have been much improved for PM, and Suchard has (sadly) gone- so no problem.
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Hi Ursula - hope you can make it on friday, even if it's only for an hour or two - it would be a good chance to meet some lovely ladies. Wish you well as you settle in.
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In the 50s and 60s, living in Serrières was a smell in hell- although some enjoyed it. The Suchard chocolate factory was just above 'La Brunette' cigarette factory (now of course PM) - and people there lived sandwiched between chocolate and tobacco smells. Must say though, that the tobacco smell is very pleasant, not at all like cigarette smoke. Nowadays extraction systems etc, have been much improved for PM, and Suchard has (sadly) gone- so no problem.
Salut Odile.

Ursula says they live in St Blaise.
The other side of the town, there they have the fine smell from the Migros bakery.

Salut Zämma
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Re: Plans to move in Neuchatel

Welcome Ursula. I was only thinking of you the other day and wondering if you'd moved yet.

You'll get the school timetable tomorrow when they start for their first day. It will really depend what class they are in as to how many full and half days they have but normally they will finish for lunch at 11.50 and go back at 13.45 if they have afternoon school.

As far as the paper collection is concerned they will come one Friday per month but it is only for paper and is organised by the schools. For carton the easiest thing to do is put it in the carton containers provided or take it to the dechetterie (which is closed on Monday mornings btw). I think carton is also collected with the normal rubbish collections on thursdays (not the Monday collection) but you will need to check in your booklet as St Blaise may be different from La Tene where we are.

I'll be dropping and picking up my son at St Blaise tomorrow as the school hours don't correspond to the bus times on the first day so maybe I'll see you around otherwise we'll have to get together for a coffee sometime soon.
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Welcome Ursula. I was only thinking of you the other day and wondering if you'd moved yet.

You'll get the school timetable tomorrow when they start for their first day. It will really depend what class they are in as to how many full and half days they have but normally they will finish for lunch at 11.50 and go back at 13.45 if they have afternoon school.

As far as the paper collection is concerned they will come one Friday per month but it is only for paper and is organised by the schools. For carton the easiest thing to do is put it in the carton containers provided or take it to the dechetterie (which is closed on Monday mornings btw). I think carton is also collected with the normal rubbish collections on thursdays (not the Monday collection) but you will need to check in your booklet as St Blaise may be different from La Tene where we are.

I'll be dropping and picking up my son at St Blaise tomorrow as the school hours don't correspond to the bus times on the first day so maybe I'll see you around otherwise we'll have to get together for a coffee sometime soon.
Tomorrow I'll be wandering outside the primary school from 9:00am until the girls finish lesson. I'll look completely lost and wear brown cloths. I'll even hold a red rose !!!! Hope to meet.
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In the 50s and 60s, living in Serrières was a smell in hell- although some enjoyed it. The Suchard chocolate factory was just above 'La Brunette' cigarette factory (now of course PM) - and people there lived sandwiched between chocolate and tobacco smells. Must say though, that the tobacco smell is very pleasant, not at all like cigarette smoke. Nowadays extraction systems etc, have been much improved for PM, and Suchard has (sadly) gone- so no problem.
I believe Odil is referring to a previous message when we were considering an apartment in Serrieres. In any case, I like this kind of flashbacks because they give you a sense of familiarity to the place.
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