Archive for May, 2010

Emi and Julia in Brighton

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

I headed down to Brighton yesterday to meet Emi and Julia. It was my first time there ever so we walked along the beach, checked out the pier and ate fish and chips on the stony shore. Amid the sea gulls that were intent on attacking us for our fish and chips we breathed in […]

Hire a bike in Grenoble

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Grenoble is incredibly flat despite being surrounded by mountains and the fact there are so many cycle paths makes cycling an excellent way to get around the city. K had hired a Metro Velo which I promptly borrowed off him and so I able to cycle round for free. The bikes are very cheap to […]

Tea at the La Forêt Noire and a hard struggle up to the Bastille

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

On Friday afternoon K and I went into town and had tea and Black Forest gateau at a lovely little cafe La Forêt Noire opposite the tourist information. (Beware of the music on their website). It was a cozy little place and the staff were very friendly. Yesterday we walked up the hill to the […]

Musée de Grenoble

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

On Thursday I cycled into town to the Musee de Grenoble – a large art gallery in the centre of Grenoble. A ticket for a student may be €2 but as I have left those days behind I had to pay €5. It was totally worth it. I loved the place so much. It was […]

Greens get one seat

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Interesting times in England as no one party gets a majority and we now have a hung parliament. It seems it’s up to the Lib Dems to decide which party to team up with. Of course some people didn’t even get their chance to vote and were turned away at the polling station. I was […]

Make the world a better place

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

After an afternoon spent exploring Grenoble I came across the Bibliothèque d’étude et d’information. The sixth floor of the building is a wonderful library complete with solid wooden tables and those tiny library card drawers which makes you feel you’ve stepped back in time 50 years. To bring you back into the present the place […]

Getting to grips with day to day life in Grenoble

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Yesterday we ate at one of the six cafeterias at the Université Pierre Mendès-France Sciences Sociales. If you’re a student you can get a card to eat there and a meal consisting of a main course, a salad, a roll and a yoghurt is only €2.90. It all comes in easy to transport containers and […]

Wild garlic

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

I took the opportunity of cycling around Grenoble on K’s metro bike. I explored along the river into town and eventually found myself at de l’église de Saint-Laurent which is due to reopen in the autumn. Like the church, Rue Saint-Laurent (where the cute looking Bookworm cafe is) is in the process of being renovated […]

Trams, shopping and bakeries in Grenoble

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

I was impressed with the tram network in Grenoble which is fairly new and very efficient. Tram tickets are easy to buy in Grenoble – the machines have about four languages to choose from including English. It’s possible to buy tickets for the week, month or year. I went for a 10 trip card that […]

Rain in Grenoble

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

We cycled through the rain – yes rain (if people tell you not to bring waterproof trousers to Grenoble then ignore them) – to the centre of the city. It’s an odd sort of place. There are lots of old buildings which gives it a certain charm, there are plenty of cafes and bars teaming […]