Grenoble: Frog Legs and a Fortress

Welcome to Grenoble, the home of Café de la Table Ronde-the second oldest café in France. In case you were wondering, Procope Café in Paris is the oldest.

Frog Legs at Café de la Table Ronde

Frog Legs at Café de la Table Ronde

Given the choice, I would pick frog legs over chicken wings any day. Battered with a spritz of lemon sauce, they taste similar to chicken but with less gristle and cartilage to contend with.

Now frog legs are not the only thing on the menu. Grenoble is located in the department of Savoie, and the café also serves traditional Savoyard cuisine. So don’t miss out on trying traditionally cooked local sausage, potatos, cheese, and crozet (local square pasta). And if weather permits, sit out on the terrace and eat with a view of Place Saint André.

Frog legs and cafés are not the only thing of interest. Grenoble is viewed by the locals in the Rhône-Alpes region as the hip college town. It brings in fresh markets, exhibitions, and festivals often. The most fascination festival is the Coupe Icare where hang gliders and paragliders in elaborate costumes fly off the mountains that surround Grenoble. This festival commences in September, you can find more information here.

Coup Icare Festival, September 2013

Coup Icare Festival, September 2013

Paraglider at Coup Icare Fesitival 2013

Paraglider at Coup Icare Fesitival 2013

Also while you’re in Grenoble, don’t forget to take the Bastille. The first urban-cable car in the world. It will take you from the town center to the 2,000 year old fortress on the mountain that overlooks Grenoble.

Have fun exploring the tunnels and ramparts of Grenoble’s fortified mountain!

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