This morning, we first went to the Halle Sainte Claire ( a food market) for the morning shopping. The vendors are so friendly, and the boucher* left his stall and took us over to the stall that sold relishes and explained to that vendor what we wanted. We found many fruits that I have never seen in America. Believe it or not, the prices were better than we get in America. Je suis très hereuse.*( I learned how to add the accents!) We made our way home and prepared a petit déjeuner of quail eggs and pain.
Then, we made our way up the téléphérique today. (See photo.) The “bubble cars” run to and from the Bastille all day and evening long. We packed a lunch and some water and walked to the entrance about 2 minutes away from our apartment. We watch the cars regularly from our salon*. For about 4 euro 40 you can go up one way by the bubble car and walk down which is what we did. Because we were going up a mountain, I thought it would be a cool temp up there. WRONG! It was hot and very sunny (no rain since we’ve been here). We both burned because we didn’t put sunscreen on. Vivre et apprendre!* We made our way up to the Mémorial des Troupes de montagne de montagne * which was about a 30 min. hike up the mountain. Luckily, I had worn my “not fashionable in Grenoble” hiking shoes. We had a pique-nique* when we reached the memorial. There was a great breeze in the shade of the trees. We found our way down, but with many wrong turns. The idea of signs pointing the way is a novelty here. I’ll attach a link to the brochure(in english) if you’re interested in looking at it. /www.bastille-grenoble.fr/english/index.html
You’ll notice a little guy in one of the photos that I’m posting. We brought him from NC, and he will appear in future posts. His name is Wolfgang, and he’s an NCSU gnome. We have gotten a few odd looks in recent days when he appears, but for the most part he elicits some smiles from the passer-bys when he is being snapped.
Je suis très hereuse: I am very happy.
salon: living room
Vivre et apprendre!: Live and learn
Mémorial des Troupes de montagne de montagne: National Mountain Troops Memorial