After a few days in Geneva (read about it here!), the next stop on our European travel itinerary was Grenoble, France. Located at the foot of the French alps in southeastern France, Grenoble is a beautiful industrial city surrounded by mountains. It is also smaller than most of the other cities on our trip, so it was a nice change of pace.
During our stay, my dad and I hopped on a cable car and took a ride up the mountainside to the Bastille. The fortress began construction in the Middle Ages, and is the site of the first urban cable car to ever be built.
On a clear day the mountainside is an amazing vantage point for overlooking the city. The views were absolutely breathtaking.
It was definitely cold up on the mountain, so I made sure to bundle up. I had picked up the wool scarf from a little street stand back in Venice and it did a great job of keeping me warm!
If you walk back into the mountainside, you will find caves and tunnels carved through the rock. Inside we found staircases that appeared to lead down through the mountain… very cool!
I especially liked Grenoble because it felt a lot like my home state of Washington, with the mountains, rivers, and similar climate. The people were friendly and it was fun to see a foreign city that was less touristy. Oh, and it had the cutest little baby carousel ever!
Only about 2 hours by train from Geneva, Grenoble was a perfect connection on the way to our next destination… Paris! Stay tuned to hear all about it!
Have you read my other Eurotrip posts?
- Traveling Europe: Rome, Italy
- Traveling Europe: Venice, Italy
- Traveling Europe: Geneva, Switzerland
- Traveling Europe: Paris, France
- Traveling Europe: London, England