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    Place St. Andre

    by EasyMalc Updated Apr 18, 2013

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    If you’re looking for a quaint area of Grenoble then Place St. André is as near as it gets.
    In the Middle Ages Grenoble was a divided city split by bitter rivalry between the Bishops and Counts (nicknamed the Dauphins).
    The area around the church of St. André was under the jurisdiction of the Dauphin and it became the collegiate church, private place of worship and final resting place of the family.
    As churches go it’s nothing exceptional but it’s worth a visit if only to see where the Seigneur de Bayard is laid to rest. Pierre de Terrail, Seigneur de Bayard, to give him his proper title was a French soldier more commonly known as the Chevalier de Bayard. He sounds like a dashing cavalier soldier of the late 15th/early 16th cent and if you were wondering who the monument represented in the middle of the square then now you know.
    You may also be wondering what the building with the renaissance and gothic exterior is opposite the church in the square. In fact this used to be the parliament building of the Dauphins. It’s a lovely building and although up until recent times it’s been used as Grenoble’s Law Courts, I don’t think it’s normally open to the public these days. I could be wrong because when I was here it was the week after Christmas and nothing much was open anyway.
    Fortunately some of the cafés surrounding the square were open including the Café de la Table Ronde which pertains to be the second oldest café in France (If you’re going to push me the oldest could be the Café Procope in Paris).
    Of course wintertime isn’t the best time to come but I would imagine this square would be a hive of activity in the summer and definitely one of the most pleasant parts of Grenoble for a visitor.

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    Resistance and Deportation Museum

    by EasyMalc Written Mar 27, 2013

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    Although it’s not unique to Grenoble a museum like this isn’t found everywhere.
    It not only follows the role of the resistance movement in the Grenoble and Isere department but also the plight of the local Jewish population.
    Over 5,000 objects and documents have been collected to show the sequence of events in a chronological order.
    It covers a part of French history that not every French person is particularly proud of. Marshall Petain was the man responsible for agreeing to Hitler’s demands of forming the Vichy government, but whatever the rights and wrongs of that are, the French people can certainly be proud of these brave resistance fighters who showed immense courage - and as I’ve found out in recent years, some of the bravest were women such as Marie Reynoard, whose dining room is portrayed here where she met other members of her local ‘Combat’ team. Other exhibits include an archive film and a large ‘hands on’ relief map of the area of local resistance.
    There’s also a temporary exhibition area, which when I was here showed a montage of faces of people that were deported to the concentration camps.
    This museum warrants any visitor’s precious time and I highly recommend it. They don’t even charge you for the privilege and you’ll feel all the more rewarded for doing so. There are plenty of English translations to help you but not too many English language books in the shop. Mores the pity because when you leave this museum you’ll probably feel like I did and want to find out more.

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    Relax time: Champs-Elysées park

    by vinc_bilb Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Strolling in the Champs-Elysées park is a good way to relax. Park is great, well located, an it is a good break for families and why not for tourists. The view on Mountains is fine, and, during the hottest months, you could enjoy this moment by puting your foots and legs in the water.

    (Even if no more official, the alternative and more well-known name for this park is Bachelard)

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    Vercors regional natural park: the natural citadel

    by vinc_bilb Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Vercors is wonderful.

    Over the centuries water has cut through its cliffs forming deep gorges, superb natural amphitheatres, caves and abysses that are famous all over Europe.
    You can explore Vercors on foot, on skis, on a bike, and admire the beauty of the countryside or you can plunge into its hidden depths. Innumerable surprises await you with the changing seasons, along the tracks or down the mountain streams, across a cliff face or at the top of a rocky outcrop.

    Few words about the natural citadel: It was used by the rural Free French Resistance ("maquis") group, known as the Maquis du Vercors, as a refuge and a sanctuary for the French Resistance against the 1940-1944 German occupation of France in World War II. Many members of the maquis, called "maquisards" died fighting in 1944 in the Vercors Plateau.
    (Extract and adaptation from wikipedia)
    Photo 4: The chapel at Valchevrière, the only building in the hamlet that was not razed by the nazis

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    Grenoble city: center and old town

    by vinc_bilb Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I recommend :
    1- 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.
    2- The historical town
    3- No too much known : The sundial (Stendhal school), built in 1673, with a fresco covering 100 m2 of walls and ceiling in the main stairwell. There is no other sundial of this size and astronomical interest anywhere in the world.

    WARNING: food could expensive in Grenoble restaurants (i.e Paris like)

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    Stendhal house, the entrance

    by JLBG Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Stendhal house is actually an unfurnished part of the XVIIIth century apartments of Gagnon, the grandfather of Stendhal which can be visited. Temporary shows (painting, literature, etc...) are held in the apartments. One room is dedicated to the memory of Stendhal. Access to the treillised vineyard of Gagnon, on top of the Roman city wall is possible.
    More on Stendhal on this web site.
    Open : 10h to 12h (9h to 12h from July 15th to September 15th) and 14h to 18h, except Sundays, Mondays and bank holidays.
    Closed from september 1st to 20th.

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  • Flea markets in Grenoble

    by joachimgrenoble Written May 8, 2010

    Every sunday morning you will find a lively flea market just behind the Porte de Lyon, at the entrance of Grenoble, on the Intermarché parking lot.

    Also every sunday morning, a lively flea market and second hand car market near the Leclerc shopping center.

    Four times a year (xmas, spring, summer and autumn), a much larger flea market and antiques market Rue St Laurent, the other side of the river Isere which flows through Grenoble.

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  • cafe

    by dilldog Written Oct 17, 2009

    My British wife and I recently spent a few days in Grenoble. We found it to be a very nice City in a spectacular setting. The highlight for us was, however, an afternoon in the Bookworm Cafe. Great English tea and excellent coffee in a very pleasant and friendly atmosphere. The owners Dawn and Denis certainly know how to make their customers feel at home. If you are after second hand English books, great home made cakes and a cuppa, or just a chat in English - this is the place to go.

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    Catching the wild Dahu

    by vinc_bilb Updated Jul 23, 2009

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    Someone could suggest you to participate in a (night-) capture of the enigmatic dahu in mountains areas. Be aware that:
    - The Dahu is very very rare (Alps: France, Italy, Switzerland)
    - It's similar to a mountain goat animal or to a deer
    - its legs on one side of its body are shorter than on the other side (This enables it to walk upright on the steep slopes of its mountain environment).
    - So It can only walk around the mountain in one direction.
    - The dahu is generally a night-animal (so, no photo)

    The are mainly two ways for catching a dahu during the night:
    /1/ The most used involves having one person at the bottom of the mountain slope and one person who is good at making dahu sounds so as to gain the attention of the dahu so that it will turn around. When it does so, it loses its balance and rolls down the hill to the person with the bag at the bottom of the hill.

    /2/ The other method is to have pepper ground onto a large stone; when the dahu, while grazing, comes and sniffs the pepper, it would sneeze and knock itself out against the stone.

    Warnings:
    - the Prefect of Haute-Savoie officially made the mountainous suburbs of the small town of Reigner a "Dahu Sanctuary" where hunting and photography are forbidden
    - The Dahu is rare and precious bounty, the capture requires in general waiting alone all night on a chilly slope, crouched in an uncomfortable position.

    What do you think about that? More details in an other tip:
    Local custom (Dahu)

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    Monteynard lake: amazing footbridges

    by vinc_bilb Updated Jul 8, 2009

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    A spectacular and contrasted route, marked out by magnificent points of view on the lake and the summits.

    Curl (or almost) the tour of Monteynard lake is henceforth possible thanks to 2 Himalayan footbridges. So vertiginous as discreet in their wooded and mineral case, tightened over Drac and over Ébron rivers, they open magnificent perspectives on the lake and its neighborhoods. Walkers or hihers can connect Matheysine with Trièves - or the opposite, according to their point of departure (Mayres-Savel or Treffort).

    Physical requirements: only to be in a "reasonnable" condition,
    Warnings:
    - avoid if you potentially have vertigo.
    - The footbridges are oscillating slightly, so, you are aware
    - kinders less than 12y are not authorized to cross the footbridges alone
    - paths are shared between pedestriaan and montainbikes

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    Chartreuse nature park: High quality natural and c

    by vinc_bilb Updated Feb 22, 2008

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    A mosaic of landscapes , alternating open alpine pastures, high-altitude forests and long cliffs.
    Local history is strongly influenced by the presence of the Carthusian Order, and the long historical dispute.
    In the Chartreuse, hiking is the main activity. The park has marked a number of circuits dotted with the orientation maps and information :
    climb to Chamechaude and the Charmant Som, hike between villages, explore hamlets and superb panoramic vews and follow routes throw Savoie's vineyards. In the winter, you can find snow-shoe and cross-country ski routes and downhill ski slopes at 7 resorts in the Chartreuse range.

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    The Chartreuse Cellars: religion and ...liqueur

    by vinc_bilb Updated Feb 22, 2008

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    One of the largest liqueur cellar in the world ! Interesting and original visit that I recommend, covering the Chartreuse Order, the distilleries and economic activities. The distillerie is located in Voiron since 1935.

    - Liquors : Description of the many Chartreuse liqueurs made by the Carthusian Monks
    - History : A chronicle of the 900-years of the Carthusian Monks and the secret manuscript that became Chartreuse Liqueur.
    - Tourist Information : tour and 3D MOVIE
    - Museum of La Grande Chartreuse (not at the same place): Information about the Monastery, the daily life of the monks and the nine hundred year history of the Carthusians.

    Guided tours of the cellars are free and include a complimentary liqueur tasting.

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    La Place Saint-Andre and the old Parliamentary.

    by Caniko Written Sep 17, 2007

    A very historical square with Saint-Andre Church and the Parliamentary Building, Gothic and Renaissance style. When I was visiting there, it was Saturday and a suny day. There was a big street bazar and they were selling mainly fruits and vagetables. It is fun to sit one of the cafes there and have something to drink.

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    Sightseing & saroundings

    by penelopeC Written May 14, 2007

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    .....the old city is a vital part of the city, it worths all tha walking you can endure.
    In every sibgle corner there is a building worth admiring!
    open spaces and the olympic flame park ,are so tidy and .....Green!
    Its also recently expanded towars the river bank, and at its ending ther is an open theater , for all of you romandics of the word gazing the tranquil waters of a timmid yet rich river!
    Its a bicicle city yet it has an excelent transportation system, with trams and busses.
    and very economic choises!-----all you party animals out there beware of Grenoble!most bars are locked up after 12! its a city highly recomended to anyone who enjoys bruweries and caffes , multynationas cuisines and a calm scenery under the spectation off the city fortress wich one can easylly attend by a teleferique or on foot !The italian part of the city is fool off pizzarias in a scenic enviroment overlooking the city by the north side of the river bank(please do pick carrefully wich one will have the plessure to have you as a customer!!!!!)
    BASIC INFO 1 aquire what you need by a supermarket! !!!50% off to everything you need.....

    BASIC INFO 2 please do pick carrefully wich one of the pizzerias on the river bank, will have the plessure to have you as a customer!!!!!....the could be cleaner...

    BASIC INFO 3 it could be one of the most safe cities of france!yet some preccution towards arabian geto territories and a hint of pick pocketing ,is advised!

    BASIC INFO 4 Ôramways can take you everywhere you like! all their stops have an information borf as for where you are and what route to follow to your desiered destination.try issuing a magnetic ticket =free rides to everywhere for an hour!

    BASIC INFO 5. its full of museums and exhibitions .Go to the (sittuated at the senter of the old city MAISON DU TURISM and get for free, information leaflets and a map of the citty((((the clerks there, speak english , italian and german and they are very kind!!!)

    have fun!

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    Go for a walk

    by Beausoleil Written Jan 14, 2007

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    Place Notre Dame and Place St. Andre are two very picturesque squares. Grenoble is a university town so it is lively both day and night. There are outdoor restaurants to enjoy food, views and people-watching.

    You can take the Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car up to the Citadelle (Bastille) for fabulous views. There is a Grenoble Pass for 12 euros that includes a cable car ride as well as several museum entrances and discounts for other attractions.

    There are several photos here of various places in town. Click on the main photo and the others will appear.

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