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A totally biased selection of fun French music

A totally biased selection of fun French music October 12, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Zazie at the Musilac Festival in nearby Aix les Bains When I was learning French, it was hard to enjoy the language outside the classroom (I know, I’m a total nerd). You can’t really go around talking to yourself, but you can sing to yourself—in the car, in the shower, when it’s just you and...

Surviving le déjeuner: How to eat like a local

Surviving le déjeuner: How to eat like a local October 5, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
The daily specials Authors, bloggers (yours truly included), and journalists have spilled a lot of ink over the ordeal of eating in France. Some can’t fill their stories with enough gushy superlatives while others lament that eating in France just ain’t what it used to be. Gastronomic...

Put your bike in a big wooden crate with MétroVélo boxes

Put your bike in a big wooden crate with MétroVélo boxes August 31, 2010 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Hoisting a bike into a MétroVélo box In the past few days, I have noticed strange wooden boxes popping up around the city. A temporary housing solution to the massive influx of students? An eco-friendly holding station for tram frauders? These boxes boggled my mind until one day… As I waited...

Photo Friday: The Grenoble tram parades by city hall

Photo Friday: The Grenoble tram parades by city hall August 27, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Photo by Christina Rebuffet-Broadus The C line of the Grenoble tram network pulls past the Hôtel de Ville on a summer evening. Outside city hall, the flags of Europe wave in the wind. The pink C above the conductor plus the destination tells passengers that this tram is going to the university campus. Since...

Getting around Grenoble with the tramway

Getting around Grenoble with the tramway August 24, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
The tram and bus lines that run through the city center While Grenoble is a pretty compact city (blame it on the mountains), sometimes it just makes sense to take the tram or the bus instead of wearing out shoe leather. The tentacled map of Grenoble’s public transportation system can look pretty...

Beyond espresso: A few French drinks to try at the café

Beyond espresso: A few French drinks to try at the café August 17, 2010 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
A little Perrier mixed with lime syrup People watching from a café terrace is one of France’s great national pastimes, especially when the weather heats up. Since Grenoble’s squares and streets runneth over with such monuments to the art of lazing, take a break from all the sightseeing to do some...

A Grenoblois’ Grenoble: Five hidden gems in the capital of the Alps

A Grenoblois’ Grenoble: Five hidden gems in the capital of the Alps August 5, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
You’ve taken the Bubbles up to the Bastille. You’ve marveled at the Matisses of the Musée de Grenoble and gone gaga over the gratin dauphinois of La Table Ronde. Now it’s time to scratch the surface and discover parts of Grenoble that some locals don’t even know about (but that...

Packing for Grenoble: Take this, leave that

Packing for Grenoble: Take this, leave that July 20, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
A sample of things to throw in your Grenoble-bound suitcase Getting ready to take a gander at Grenoble? You’ve bought your tickets, read all about the city’s history and attractions, and even crafted your itinerary on NileGuide. Sounds like you are ready, Freddy. But wait. What should you...