Dauphine Journals

A thriving capital ensnared amidst Alpine parklands

A June 2013 trip to Dauphine by marif

Pont St-Laurent, Grenoble Photo, Dauphine, France More Photos
Quote: South of Annecy, the Dauphine region extends eastwards from the River Rhone to the French-Italian border. The capital is Grenoble, a thriving city that affords easy access to the Alpine parklands of the region. Snow-capped mountains and deep gorges beckon hikers and cross-country skiers seeking a fix of mountain action.

My first full day in Grenoble

Best Of IgoUgo

Story/Tip

Pont St-Laurent, Grenoble Photo, Grenoble, France
Quote:
My first full day in Grenoble was crammed with activities: strenuous physical exercise in the morning, cultural sightseeing later and to wind up… an indulgence in local fare and wine from a cosy rustic hide-out on Rue Brocherie.My day started early with a twenty-minute walk from the hotel to the Jardin de Ville on the western edge of the historic centre. Having been aware of the popularity this garden enjoyed among school children, I made sure I would be here ahead of school time so as to have at least an hour to follow my botanic interests undisturbed. Out of the garden, I took Rue de Belgrade in the direction of the river with the intention of taking the ‘telepherique’ to the top of Bast...Read More

An overview of Grenoble on arrival

Best Of IgoUgo

Story/Tip

Pont St-Laurent, Grenoble Photo, Dauphine, France
Quote:
On workdays, daily train trips between Annecy and Grenoble run every hour. Some of these require a change of train at Chambery approximately halfway along the route; others require two train changes, one at Aix-les-Bains, thirty minutes after leaving Annecy and the other at Chambery. Only one train daily is direct, leaving Annecy at 10:37 am and reaching Grenoble almost two hours later. To avoid the hassle of changing trains, it is advisable to take the direct train unless you envisage stopping for an hour of sightseeing (a really worthwhile option) in Aix-les-Bains, Chambery or both. In this case, one can still resume the Grenoble-bound trip on a subsequent train using the same Annecy-Grenoble ticket...Read More