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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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    Excellent Art Museum

    by Beausoleil Written Jan 14, 2007

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    We were very impressed with the Musee de Grenoble, the beaux arts. They have an outstanding collection in an excellent setting. The lighting was particularly notable. It is so frustrating to be in a museum of superb paintings that are poorly lit and this is not a problem in Grenoble. Their modern collection is particularly outstanding.

    Outside the museum, you can stand and look on the mountain above at the Citadelle. Don't miss this either as the view from the top is spectacular.

    The Art Museum below the Citadelle in Grenoble Rembrandt in the Grenoble Museum Picasso in the Grenoble Museum
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    Try for the Stendahl Museum

    by Beausoleil Written Jan 14, 2007

    This is a small but charming museum dedicated to the writer Henri Beyle, known to the world as Stendahl. Stendahl was born in Grenoble but was rather negative about the city. He moved to Italy and then returned to live in Paris. The Grenoble city fathers seem to have forgiven him this attitude and opened a small museum.

    The last time I checked, the museum was listed as closed. I don't know if this is permanent or for renovations. Check the local tourist office or telephone to see if it is open or closed.

    It is free entry and is always closed from September 1 to September 20.

    Stendahl Museum in Grenoble Stendahl Museum in Grenoble
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    Look Up

    by Beausoleil Written Jan 14, 2007

    From virtually anyplace in Grenoble you can look up and see the magnificent Alps. There is a lot to do because Grenoble is a university town, but take time to just walk through the city looking at the architecture, all the trees and up at the mountains. Walk across the Isere to enjoy the riverside cafes on the other side and watch the tram going up to the citidelle.

    Bridge over the river Isere in Grenoble
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    GRENOBLE GOES HOLLYWOOD

    by iris2002 Written Apr 18, 2006

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    The best short-film festival in Europe - so if you are an independent movie buff - check it out!

    Grenoble Open Air Festival of Short Films
    Dates:July 4-6
    Location:Grenoble, France
    Address:4 rue Hector Berlioz Grenoble, France 38000 France
    Phone:+33 (4) 7654 4351
    Mail:contactfestivalgnb@yahoo.fr

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    2006 Annual Jazz Festival Grenoble

    by iris2002 Written Apr 16, 2006

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    Grenoble's annual jazz festival attracts top flight international performers. Over 20 venues, including theatres, museums and schools, host a huge range of concerts over the festival period. Highlights of the 2006 line-up include the Juhani Aaltonen Trio, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, the McCoy Tyner Trio and David Murray.

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    Grenoble Jazz Festival en Is?re
    6, rue Hector Berlioz - BP 135
    38002 Grenoble Cedex 1
    FRANCE

    E-mail contact@jazzgrenoble.com

    (Bureau du festival)
    T?l?phone +33 (0)4 76 51 00 04
    (Informations programmation festival)
    +33 (0)4 76 51 65 32

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    An oasis in the city

    by nomadig Written Oct 13, 2005

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    Place Victor Hugo is a real oasis in the middle of the buildings and narrow streets in the very center of Grenoble. The big fountain in the middle of the square is a refreshing sight during hot days. As there is always somebody on the square, it's a pleasant spot to sit down on a bench and just watch other people hurrying around you.

    The square is surrounded with nice small boutiques selling fashion, accessories and children clothes, to pick a few. There are also a couple bars on the square and other stalls to buy snacks, drinks and ice cream.

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    Explore the Bastille

    by troodee Written Jul 4, 2005

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    The base from which the revolution was organised and mounted. Explore the small nooks and hidden bunkers which echoes with history. One of the most under-developed tourist sites I have seen yet, there ar e no tacky tourist shops nor peddlars hawking cheap plaster casts of the Bastille.... Ah.... Peace and quiet... Take the cablecars up to the top of the hill and a breathtaking view of the city awaits you. As you leave, take a slow walk down the gentle wooded path and let yourself enjoy the nonchalant charms of the French Countryside.

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    Fountain on the "place de la Gare"

    by JLBG Updated Apr 26, 2005

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    The fountain at the western end of the Avenue d'Alsace-Lorraine was built in 1987, together with the tram route. The tram runs around the fountain that has 6 pumps. They can flow water from 12 cm to 4 m following weather conditions.

    When I came to take this photo, the water was lowing at full height but the light was not good and I had to go to the other side of the fountain. While I walked around, the flow was reduced to mid height. I felt that it would come back and looked for the best place to take the photo. Once I found it, I waited. And the fountain stopped to flow. I waited it came back. 5 minutes. 10 minutes. Nothing! I decided to leave and come back another day. When I was already at a good distance, I saw it was flowing again. I hurried and took this picture. It is no from the best place and it is not full height but it IS !

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    Fountain on Place Victor Hugo

    by JLBG Updated Apr 26, 2005

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    In the second half of the XIXth century, the growth of the city lead to build new districts outside the city walls which were dismantled. Place Victor Hugo was built as a new center of the city, following the principles of Baron Haussmann in Paris : wide and straight avenues lined with trees, building of the same size but with very distinctive details. Grenoble grey gold (visit my Saint-Martin-le-Vinoux page) was extensively used for the decoration of the fronts. As all buildings were built at the same time, Place Victor Hugo is a fine example of Haussmanian architecture, almost unchanged
    The fountain on Place Victor Hugo has been built in 1961. With is great basin and its powerful streams, it seems to mimic Versailles, at a much lesser scale ! Moreover, it reminds that in the Alps water flows everywhere and that fountain are a tradition.

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    Château d'eau Lavalette (place Grenette)

    by JLBG Updated Apr 26, 2005

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    Place Grenette is mostly pedestrians precinct and weather permitting the terraces of the cafés fill the whole space. It is the most animated spot of the city, day and night. In the Middle-Ages, it was an esplanade for cattle fairs and market, right outside the Roman city walls. At the end of the XVIth the Duke of Lesdiguières included it in the new fortifications. It became the main square of the city, where capital executions (hanging) took place. It hosted every week a main grains market, hence its name (grains -> Grenette). During the Revolution, it became for a while "Place de la Liberté" (Liberty square). Though called "Place de la Liberté", it remained the place for capital executions but with the guillotine, which made it very different. I mean different for spectators, of course. For the actor, I am not sure it made such a difference [BTW changing a name to "Liberty something" was already practiced two centuries ago !].
    At one end of the "Place Grenette", stands since 1823 the "Château d'eau La Valette" or "Fontaine des Dauphins", the plans were drawn by architect Gueymard, the sculptors Sappey and Madona drown the pictures of the statues and Crozatier molded it in bronze. Water is gushing 22m high and flows from one basin to another. It flows permanently except in Winter.

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    Musée des automates de Grenoble

    by JLBG Updated Apr 22, 2005

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    Musée des automates de Grenoble, "Rêves mécaniques"

    The " Musée des automates de Grenoble " is a tribute to Jacques de Vaucanson and his automats. It shows automats, mechanical music boxes, hurdy-gurdies, mechanical pianos, mechanical whistling birds, puppets, etc...

    The animated visit lasts one hour. It is open every day from 14h to 18h30.
    Visit the web site of the Musée des Automates

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    Hôtel Rabot, the staircase

    by JLBG Updated Apr 22, 2005

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    If you go into the bookshop "Librairie Arthaud" (now Librairie Privat-Arthaud), you will discover the superb stone staircase of the hôtel Rabot, that opens on a small inside square yard, now covered. The bookshop has two entrances, a side entrance on rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the main entrance on "Grand Rue" (Main Street)

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    Passage du jardin de ville

    by JLBG Updated Apr 22, 2005

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    The "Passage du Jardin de ville" is a covered passage that leads from the Place Grenette fountain, at the end of Rue Montorge (another reference to grains as Montorge means "climb barley" [to the attic]) into the Jardin de ville (see other tip), the Lesdigui?res mansion, the ancient Palais de Justice and the "téléferique".

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    Haussmanian building Place Notre-Dame

    by JLBG Updated Apr 22, 2005

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    At one end of Place Notre Dame, stands an extraordinary Hausmanian style building. It might seem that it is all build in stone and decorated with stone carvings. Actually, they are all made in mold concrete. This technique has been used in Grenoble very early, following the discoveries of Vicat on hydraulic concrete (see may "Vallée de l'Or gris" page) in 1817 and the opening of the first concrete mill in France in 1842.

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