Grenoble Draws Seniors from All Over The World

Grenoble, a city in southeastern France, sits at the foot of the French Alps with a population of 160,000+. Elegant Grenoble is the Alps’ modern economic soul. Spectacularly sited in a broad valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains – senior visitors find the city sitting plump in the center of the Dauphiné region.

Shops thrive, boulevards are broad and architecturally fine, and a gregarious student population adds a big-city buzz to the air. With Switzerland to the north, Italy to the east and Provence to the south the city is surrounded by three mountain chains. It is a cosmopolitan city with cafés, museums and restaurants. Senior visiters can see the Alps from almost every street corner.

What Seniors Can See and Do in Grenoble

Senior travelers will be kept busy and Lonely Planet plans out a series of attractions just for you to take in. My old reliable TripAdvisor will fill in the blanks for your itinerary including flight information and hotels. If you are “into history” Grenoble has plenty to provide.  Downtown is always a great means to get to really know any city and in Grenoble you will want to visit the main square. Every once and a while I will find a “do it all” site and this one will fit the bill for Grenoble.

Grenoble, the self-styled “capital of the Alps“, is a lively, modern city, home to four universities, with more than 50,000 students. Grenoble’s prosperity was originally founded on glove-making. Its international profile was boosted in 1968, when it hosted the Winter Olympics. With snowy mountain peaks as its backdrop and a Winter Olympics in its past, Grenoble has earned its title as “the Capital of the Alps.” The town is also the final destination on the Route Napoleon that starts near Cannes.

Cafés, Bars, and Great Coffee Greet Senior Citizens

Grenoble is a dream location if you are a senior food hound and enjoy good food. The region is renowned for using local produce in recipes that have been handed down generation after generation. For a midday coffee, pre-dinner apéro, or evening cocktail, there are cafés, bars and nightlife, and pubs scattered throughout the center of town.

The train station is centrally located and it is possible to walk to most major attractions. As one of the flattest European cities, it is also an option to bicycle. The city is perfect for walking. There are more than 200 skiing resorts in the surrounding area.

Ladies, Grenoble has a good range of shopping. Exclusive shops are intermingled with artists’ studios, alternative clothes designers and sweetshops. So bring some comfortable shoes, just “stroll around” and take in some of these sites. Stroll into the Café de la Table Ronde at 7 Place St. André. It’s the second oldest café in France after Le Procope in Paris.

Bon Voyage et Bon Appétit à Grenoble.  jeb

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