Archive for July, 2010

Canoeing up the Cam

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Ellie, Jon and his girlfriend have all come to visit and have spent the entire day kindly stripping the stairwell of wallpaper. I came home to find the job unexpectedly done, the house looking all spick and span and my dinner in the oven. What a nice thing to come home to. After dinner we […]

The Summer 2010 Times

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Had a lovely time in the Castle pub with Nic, Yuko and Ellen last night. Much fun was had by all as we discussed the differences between America and England, the benefits of not owning a TV and a million and one other things. Ellen is travelling all over Europe and you can read her […]

Tea at Pain et Cie and free audio guides at Musée De L’Ancien Eveché

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Last day in Grenoble. We went to buy supplies from the food hall Sainte-Claire Les Halles and the outside market. We decided such exertion deserved cake and some we went to Pain et Cie to share a Tarte Tatin and check out the wifi connection. The internet is quick and free and the cake was […]

Gratin Dauphinois

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

K and I spent a very pleasant day. After shopping for some much needed shorts for K, we went to do some web work in Le 5 and found an excuse to eat Gratin Dauphinois – the famous potato dish that comes from this region. It was delicious – Le 5 make it simply and […]

From the Muséum d’histoire naturelle de Grenoble to Le 5

Friday, July 16th, 2010

I spent a very pleasant afternoon in the Muséum d’histoire naturelle de Grenoble. Situated in the Jardin des Plantes it is a cool, calm, polished wood, C19th kind of place. Entrance costs €2.20 if you have a job, €1.50 if not and young people pay a joyful €1.10. You can get an audio guide for […]

Jardin des Plantes

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Today I went to the Jardin des Plantes and read Felix Holt – not all of it of course. It was so nice that I took a picnic back there in the evening and continued to read. The garden houses the Muséum d’histoire naturelle de Grenoble, some lovely lawns to sit on, beautiful flower beds […]

Fireworks in Parc Paul Mistral

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Last night we went out with K’s work colleagues. We went to eat pizza on Quai de la Perrière which is known locally as Pizza Street due to the proliferation of pizza places there. After consuming a large meal we hurried in a group to Parc Paul Mistral to see the fireworks. The display was […]

A return trip to the Musée Dauphinois

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

I persuaded K to come to the Musée Dauphinois with me and he wasn’t disappointed. We had a great time munching cheese and tomato sandwiches in the courtyard until we spotted some very odd looking birds flying about. It didn’t take long for us to realise they were actually bats and when one landed on […]

Mus̩e Dauphinois Рan oasis of calm

Monday, July 12th, 2010

The Musée Dauphinois was fantastic. The displays were good and some of information in the permanent displays was in English. But what was really unexpected was the building and garden area. There is the most beautiful tranquil courtyard where you can sit on white chairs and look up at the old walls, the grassy centre […]

Sheltered Grenoble baking in the summer sun

Monday, July 12th, 2010

I’m sitting in K’s room by the window and it’s very pleasant. Over the yellow walls and slate roofs I can see tops of mountains peeping over. There is the slightest of breezes but the fan is working overtime to keep me cool. It roars away in the background and covers the noises of the […]