Saturday, July 28, 2018

Grenoble, Annecy

Today I'm travelling from the region of Provence to Rhône-Alpes.
Gare d'Aix-en-Provence
Station is located at the Marseille-Grenoble-Lyon railway. Between Marseille and Grenoble the line is single tracked and non-electrified.

SNCF X 72500 DMU is used on the line
This train type was manufactured by Alstom between 1997-2002
The line between Marseille and Aix-en-Provence was closed during the summer due to maintance

Durance river

Château-Arnoux-St. Auban


At Veynes-Dévoluy there is a change of trains
The station is connecting Marseille-Lyon line with Veynes-Briançon line

From Veynes, there is a smaller SNCF Class X 73500 train. Unfortunately it was packed full of people, and this part of the line was the most scenic.

Final stop for this train - Grenoble

Grenoble tramway opened in 1987
Inside Alstom Citadis tram
From Wikipedia: "Grenoble is a city in southeastern France, at the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère. Located in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, Grenoble is the capital of the department of Isère and is an important European scientific centre. The city advertises itself as the "Capital of the Alps", due to its size and its proximity to the mountains."

Palais du Parlement du Dauphiné
Place Saint-André

River Isère

Route Napoleon is passing through Grenoble, the route was taken by Napoléon in 1815 on his return from Elba.

Eglise Saint Louis

TGV Sud-Est
My next train is this Z24500 to Annecy
I'm now taking the Grenoble–Montmélian railway

River Isère
Railway junction near Montmélian station
Our train is connecting on the railway Culoz–Modane




Le Thiou river

Annecy is called "Pearl of French Alps" or "Venice of the Alps", it is located just 22km from Geneva

The town is popular tourist place

Château d'Annecy
Palace I'lle
Lake Annecy is the third largest lake in France
From Wikipedia: "It is known as "Europe's cleanest lake" because of strict environmental regulations introduced in the 1960s. It is a popular tourist destination known for its swimming and water sports."

Park Jardins de l'Europe

Food Non-Stop
Speaking of food, I tried something called Raclette cheese. I got this cheese melting machine which was a bit scary to use due to the heat, but the taste was good.
Only "1984" books

Home for many birds

Eglise Notre Dame de Liesse

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