Favorite thing: From Grenoble, the Col de Porte allows driving inside the Chartreuse massif. Twenty kilometers of a good road lead to the pass. This photo shows a typical Chartreuse landscape: forest up to about 1000 m, depending of the orientation, meadows between 1000-1500 meters and eventually rocky scree covered slopes.
Favorite thing: The Chartreuse forests are mainly fir trees with occasional deciduous trees. In autumn, you can find many sorts of wild mushrooms (see my Alps mushroom travelogue on my home page) : boletus, chanterelles, etc.
The Chartreuse mountains, forest slopes
This photo shows some of the Chartreuse summits from "behind". This is the side with slopes covered with forests. If you enlarge the photo, you will guess that the top of each mountain is a rim with a cliff.
Favorite thing: On this photo, the Oisans massif, part of the "Grandes Alpes", a crystalline massif made of granite, schist and gneiss appears in the background. The part of the Oisans that shows here is Belledone. The hills on the foreground are "le Balcon de Belledone" (Belledone's balcony). A narrow road follows the Balcon de Belledone and gives superb landscapes on the valley.
Favorite thing: The Saint Eynard is a long cliff that is parallel to the valley. On the valley side, it is a cliff while on the other side, it is a slope covered with forests. On one point, a road gives an easy access to the top where is a fort (see off the beaten path tips).
Favorite thing: This close up shows the "Dent de Crolles" from mid height. The slopes are deeply carved with gullies and ravines. The access to the "Dent de Crolles" is not on this side. A paved road passes at the bottom of the "Dent de Crolles" cliff. From there, it is possible either to climb (ropes needed) to the top or hike on one of the trails that follow the base of the "Dent de Crolles".
This photo shows the Chartreuse massif from the valley (in Meylan). The Chartreuse massif is part of the "pré-Alpes", a calcareous massif.
On the left, the cliff of the Mont Saint Eynard. On the right, in the background, the "Dent de Crolles", a popular destination for hiking and/or climbing. At some periods, it can be crowdy !
Favorite thing: This engraving explains how to use this sundial works, how to correct from the local sun time given by the sundial to the official time in Grenoble. The difference is one hour in Winter and two in Summer..
Favorite thing: Along the LGM Lycée du Grésivaudan à Meylan) a large strip of land is called "le cœur vert" (the Green hart) and is a favorite for many of the citizens for a quiet little walk. In the middle a very large sundial has been built. The center of the star perched on a pole is what gives the hour and the date.