Weather and forecast
Favorite thing: Grenoble "benefits" from an atypical climate, with an amplitude and variations of the highest in France. While in winter, the temperature can fall very low, in summer the city undergoes one of the strongest hot season of the country. The surrounding mountains form a huge washbasin, in which the heat becomes sometimes heavy, because of the lack of air.
We can have long periods of sunshine ... compensated with strong precipitation which have difficulty in moving.
Weather Grenoble : Free website for Grenoble and its area:
This site (the best in my view) gives reliable weather forecast for Grenoble and the Dauphiné region (ski resorts, ...)
A link to the Paris website allows you free access to a complete set of weather information for the whole country.
Fondest memory: Now, you can understand why the city is empty during the hot sundays: the residents of the city (called Grenoblois) are looking for fresh air around (in the mountains, lakes...).
A 20°C temperature variation (+ or -) in 1 or 2 days is not exceptional... Adapt your packing list according to that !! (see pic1, pic2 from www.meteo-grenoble.com)
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Favorite thing: 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.
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Musée de Grenoble : Monsieur Loyal
Favorite thing: This 8 meters high stabile was created in 1967 for the Olympic games by Calder and was installed in a college, Lycée Argouges where it was soon coveed with graffitis and forgotten among weeds. It was later transferred to the esplanade of the museum. Monsieur Loyal is a main figure in a circus, acting as a clown and this stabile reminds the famous Calder circus that he presented in the world for 40 years.
Alexander Calder (Pennsylvania, 1898-New-York, 1976), whose illustrious career spanned much of the 20th century, is the most acclaimed and influential sculptor of our time. Born in a family of celebrated, though more classically trained artists, Calder utilized his innovative genius to profoundly change the course of modern art. He began by developing a new method of sculpting: by bending and twisting wire, he essentially "drew" three-dimensional figures in space. He is renowned for the invention of the mobile, whose suspended, abstract elements move and balance in changing harmony. Calder also devoted himself to making outdoor sculpture on a grand scale from bolted sheet steel, called stabiles. Today, these stately titans grace public plazas in cities throughout the world.
More on Calder on the website dedicated to his achievments from which I borrowed some of the informations presented here.
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"The twin city of Innsbruck" --- but french :)
Favorite thing: 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)
Fondest memory: YUMMI
Boulangerie & Patisserie C&P Gaudillot >>>> heaven for sweet tooths !!!
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The city of Grenoble
Favorite thing: Grenoble is a major scientific center, especially in the fields of physics, computer science and applied mathematics. The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) and several laboratories of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG), the Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA) and the Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique are located in Grenoble. An IEP is located here, the Institut d'études politiques de Grenoble, as well as an increasingly reputated business school, the École de Commerce de Grenoble (ESCG)
Favorite thing: Since 1934, the Bastille site has been linked to the city by what at the time was Europe's first cable-car in a town centre. The short breathtaking ride in the "Eggs" sweeps visitors up to the viewing platforms, discovery trails around the fortifications, recreation areas, café, restaurant, footpaths and fitness circuits.
Quai Stéphane Jay - 38 000 Grenoble
Tel : 04.76.44.33.65. - Fax : 04.76.51.61.49.
Internet : http://www.bastille-grenoble.com
e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Favorite thing: The ancient fortifications of the Bastille, at the foot of the Chartreuse massif, tower over the Grenoble area. This is now one of Grenoble's top tourist attractions, offering breathtaking all-round views of the city and the surrounding mountains.
First fortified in the Middle Ages, the Bastille hill is covered with the most extensive 19th century military fortifications in France. The semi-underground bastion defence system, designed by Haxo and built between 1823 and 1845, provided all-round protection for Grenoble, lying at a strategic position on the Alpine frontier.
Parc Paul Mistral, sculpture by Apostu
Favorite thing: In 1925, Paul Mistral, mayor of Grenoble organized the "Exposition internationale de la houille blanche et du tourisme" (International fair on white coal [hydroelectric power] and tourism) outside the city walls. The Tour Perret is the only building that has been kept. In 1932, the Park took the name of Paul Mistral and was organized as a landscape with small hills, a river, lanes, trees and flowers. Sculptures by Romanian Gregor Apostu, Italian Gigi Guadagnucci, Swiss Joseph Wyss, French Maxime Descombin and Canadian Robert Roussil have been put in the park after the 1967 sculpture symposium.
On this photo, the "dialogue père et fils" by Gregor Apostu (father and son's talk)
Église Saint Jean
Favorite thing: The "Église Saint-Jean" was built in 1963-65. The architect was Maurice Blanc with René Sarget, ingenier. The Haxo city wall, built in 1832-1840 was destroyed after 1945 and left room for the "Grand boulevards" (Boulevards Joseph Vallier, Foch and Joffre) which soon were lined with buildings of apartments. The bishop felt that this population (8-10,000 inhabitants) needed a church
The church is built on a circular plan. Eighteen pillars stand around a circular nave made of reinforced concrete, with a diameter of 37m, a surface of 1,000 m2 and that can contain 1,300 people.
Eighteen 17m high fir wood triangles connect the nave to a foot gang at 13 m of elevation. The awl that hold the skeleton is a piece of woo 60 cm diameter that act as a keystone. The first cover was made of copper tiles but they corroded fast, due to pollution and had to be replaced by asphalt shingle.
Adress : Boulevard Joseph-Vallier
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Palais de justice
Favorite thing: The "Palais de Justice" has internal gardens. On Avenue Pierre Sémard, it has a double glass front. It stands on a socle of grey-blue granite. The superstructures are made of a metal frame. Since the 1st of October 2002, all Grenoble courtsof justice are wotking in this building.
The architect is Claude Vasconi, who conceive also the Corum of Montpellier.
* built surface : 24 000 m2
* surface of the plot : 7 000m2
* cost : 50 millions euros
* number of levels : 2 underground, 8 off ground.
Favorite thing: In 1988, three Grenoble architects, G. Genève, A. Zanassi and M. Ludmer propose a human level architecture for the firsts offices buildings.
In 1995 architect Claude Vasconi won the competition for building the Palais de Justice which would, by 2000-2001, on 21,000 m2, gather all the courts of law that were spread in old historic buildings all over the city.
Les Trois Pics, stabile by Calder
Favorite thing: 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.
Palais des sports
Favorite thing: In 1967, for the Winter Olympics, Grenoble needed a "Stade de Glace". P. Junillon and R. Demarini were the architects, helped by N Esquillan, a concrete architect. The cover structure is made of four segments of shells, themselves made of two 7 cm thick concrete veils separated by a technical void of 1 meter. The structure covers 12,000 square meters.
The four segments meet at right angle and built on four "culées" made of a tripod of reinforced concrete held by 24 meters deep piles. The largest span is 95m and the smallest 65 m. The cover structure is independent of the fronts that hold the steps and there is no link between both.
It is now a "Palais des sports", used for various sport events such as the cycling "Les Six jours de Grenoble" ans art shows.
Adresse : parc Paul Mistral.
Les trois tours de l'Île Verte
Favorite thing: L'Île Verte is not an island but a residential part of Grenoble that was outside the city walls. On the grounds left by the fortifications, between l'Île Verte and the old city, three towers were built in the late 60s at the same time as the "Immeuble en S" (S shaped building). There was much opposition to this architecture but it is now often represented as the figure of Grenoble !
Crossing Maréchal Lyautey- Jean Pain-Bistesi
Favorite thing: From right to left
A building with apartments and offices built in the 70s in a style often found in Grenoble.
The "Bibliothèque Municipale", Avenue Maréchal Lyautey was built as the University library and became city library when the former moved to the campus in the middle of the 60s. I had to make extensive research to learn when I was built but finally got it. The architect was Jean Benoit and it was built in 1950.
The Telephone building built in the early 50s with the last level added in the 70s in a different style.
The Place Paul Mistral apartment buildings, built in the late 50s-early 60s
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