Monday, April 20, 2009

Grenoble: Saturday 18th April 2009

After checking out the market (really good fresh meat and produce) we headed off on the self-guided walking tour provided by the tourist office.

After seeing interesting streets, parks and churches we headed up to the Bastille. The Bastille is a fortress overlooking the town that is accessed via a gondola. Four pods go up every six minutes and each pod holds six people.

From here we could see the size of the city – which was far larger than we had anticipated. Grenoble is on the valley floor and is surrounded by mountains of a variety of different geological compositions.

We visited the Musee de Grenoble. This is a new purpose built art gallery that is a great asset to the city. They had an excellent collection of Italian, Dutch and French paintings. They also had a large collection of modern art, but we speed-viewed through this selection

Grenoble is a nice city that has a relaxed atmosphere.

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