On our way to Switzerland from Paris by train , Alfred and I made a pit-stop in Grenoble, France. We had business to conduct there so it was not a random occurrence but it was a pretty fantastic city. Located in the French Alps, there is a view of mountains at the end of every road in this city which adds to its charm and other-wordiness. It’s also a fairly cold city so prepare to dress warmly and look out for the hordes of stray dogs everywhere.
The city is rich in history as it goes back many hundreds of years and the region has been home to many people since Medieval Times. It’s a highly walkable city with many green spaces and parks as well. Two of my favorite facts about the city are:
1) It was home to the larges resistance movements against the Nazis during World War II. We found plaques, statues, and monuments dedicated to the resistance or memorializing those lost to Nazi forces. At one point, we walked past a home which had been the sight of massacre conducted by the Nazis. It’s incredibly powerful and humbling to think about people resisting such a mighty force.
2) It was also the host of the 1968 Winter Olympics. You can still find remnants of those games in the city…specifically in its parks.
While in Grenoble, I did have one bad experience. It was raining and I needed to duck in and take cover. So I went into a bakery. I attempted to purchase a baked good and the baker treated me very disrespectfully. She told me that she despised Americans and would not sell me anything. So I left. It was a pretty terrible experience.
In any case, there is lots to do and see. The city has some pretty fantastic French restaurants and plenty of history and museums to explore. If you enjoy outdoor activities then there is plenty of that to be experienced as well.
Here is my Quick Guide to Grenoble. If you ever find yourself in the French Alps, take the time to visit this incredible French city.
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