Tuesday, June 07, 2022

Grenoble

Although it's not in the southwest, Grenoble is where Ken and I started our southwestern road trip back in 1989. Ken was there for work; I flew to Paris and took a train down to meet him. We walked a little that evening, but I don't remember much about the place. I was quite jet-lagged having just arrived from San Francisco. We took a ride up in the téléphèrique to a view spot at the Fort de la Bastille, high above the Isère River. If I've got photos from up there, they haven't yet been scanned.

Grenoble's famous "bulles" (bubbles), an aerial tram linking the Isère valley with the mountaintop fort. Digitized color slide, 1989.

I remember eating dinner at a pizza place close to the river and that it was good. Pizza is the most important food group, after all. The next morning we got in the rental car and headed south and west toward Nîmes. That's the only time I've been to Grenoble.

8 comments:

  1. I went several times to Grenoble and never saw Les Bulles; I didn’t even know they existed!

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  2. Never been there. Would love to see more photos if you have them. The "bulles" are so interesting. Kiwi

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  3. The bulles are charming. Pizza has been my international jet-lag meal a number of times.

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  4. I've never been, but the mother of my au pair family, was from there.

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  5. (The mother of the father of my au pair family.)

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  6. chm, they're relatively new. The original 1934 télécabine was replaced in 1951, then that one was replaced by the bulles in 1976.

    kiwi, I don't have much...

    mitch, why wait for an occasion! ;)

    judy, I'd like to go back. I understand it's a very nice place.

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  7. Thank you for the information about the Bulles. I was in Grenoble as recently as 2017 and still didn’t know about them!

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  8. There's a very nice restaurant at the top of the Bastille, Chez le Per'Gras. You take the cable cars to the top to get to the restaurant. Beautiful views overlooking the city.

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