"The twin city of Innsbruck" --- but french :)
bit of history on the go ...
The city has been known under different names through time:
Cularo when the Allobroges built strong walls around the small town in the 3rd Century.
Gratianopolis after 380 when the Emperor Gratian visited the city and had the walls improved.
After the collapse of the Roman Empire the city was part of the first Burgundian kingdom, until it was taken by Clotaire I, king of the Franks and a son of Clovis.
Later on, it progressively passed into the possession of the Carolingian kings, then the second Burgundian kingdom of Arles and finally became a possession of the counts of Vienne, whose title, "Dauphin", gave the region its traditional name: Dauphin?.
Grenoble was the capital of the Dauphin?, a province of France since 1349, when the last Dauphin of Vienne sold the region to France, on condition that the heir to the French crown use the title of Dauphin. (thanks wikipedia) YUMMI
Boulangerie & Patisserie C&P Gaudillot >>>> heaven for sweet tooths !!!
Grenoble était ville olympique en 1968 pour les jeux d'hivers.
En 2006, un hommage appuyé lui a été rendu à l'occasion des jeux de Turins, la métropole italienne voisine. A cette occasion, la vasque le la flamme de 1968 à été rallumée par Marielle Goitchel, championne olympique française de cette époque.
Grenoble was Olympic city in 1968 for the games of winters.
In 2006, a supported homage returned him on the occasion of the games of Turin, the neighboring Italian metropolis. To this opportunity, the basin the the flame of 1968 to been relighted by Marielle Goitchel, champion Olympic French of this time.
Les Trois Pics, stabile by Calder
Out of the railway station, on theright, you will see the impressive Calder's steel stabile, built for the 1968 Olympic Games. It was called "les trois pics" and evokes the three massifs that surrounds Grenoble, Chartreuse, Vercors and Belledone.
Another Calder stabile is in front of the Musée de Grenoble (see my tip).
For more on Calder visit the website dedicated to his achievments.
Free entries to the museum
ENTER TO THE MUSEUM, IT IS FREE!
Since January 1st, 2004, the departmental museums being a matter for the General Council of the Isere are free for all (Iserois and foreigners).
Are concerned by this measure the 9 following establishments :
- the museum of the Revolution française, Vizille
- the departmental museum of Saint - Antoine the Abbey
- the Hebert museum, La Tronche,
- the museum Hector Berlioz, La Cote Saint-André,
- the museum dauphinois, Grenoble,
- the museum of the Resistance and the Deportation of the Isere, Grenoble,
- the museum of the former Bishopric, Grenoble,
- the museum of the white Coal, Lancey *
- the archaeological museum / Church saint-Laurent (Grenoble) *,
*ces last two museums being closed currently to the public for works.
The free entry for all iserois in all departmental museums becomes a reality from January 2, 2004, after have been introduced previously since June 2001 for the claimants of employment, the young of less than 25 years and the first Sunday of every month for the set of the public, then spread January first, 2003 to every Wednesday.
Here are eight departmental museums that will welcome you free therefore (the ninth, the archaeological museum of the church Saint-Laurent, being in works for two years).
Of the black hours of the occupation at the life of Berlioz, nothing will be able to make obstacle more to your thirst of knowledge, of culture, of discovery.
There are cheap buses that leave from the Grenoble bus terminal (next to the train station) everyday during winter taking you to the many close ski resorts around grenoble e.g Les 2 Aples, Alpes d'Huez, Chamrousse, Les 7 laux.