Pont-en-Royans, Vercors

12 Aug

Grenoble est située entre les massifs du Vercors au Sud-Ouest, de la Chartreuse au Nord et la chaîne de Belledonne à l’Est (Grenoble est le capitale des Alpes). J’ai un amour en particulier pour le mystère et la beauté de la Chartreuse, et je trouve la chaîne de Belledonne la plus spectaculaire et avec les plus belles stations de ski. Le Vercors, c’est un endroit que je n’avais pas visité jusqu’à présent.

Grenoble is surrounded by mountains. To the north lies the Chartreuse, to the south and west the Vercors, and to the east the Belledonne range (Grenoble is known as The Capital of the Alps). I have a special love for the mystery and beauty of the Charteuse, and I think of the Belledonne as the big fabulous one where you’d go to ski in the nicest resorts. The Vercors, on the other hand, is a place I haven’t visited until now.

Les vaches du Vercors sont mignonnes, comme les vaches de la Chartreuse.
The cows of the Vercors are cute, just like the ones of the Chartreuse.

Je ne savais pas où nous allions. La surprise était la ville médiévale du XVIe siècle Pont-en-Royans; une ville riche en histoire célèbre pour ses maisons colorées et suspendues à flanc de vallée.

I had no idea where we were going. My surprise was a medieval town from the 16th century called Pont-en-Royans; a town rich in history celebrated for its colorful houses suspended on the side of a valley.

Je vous recommande de visiter pour faire une pique-nique. S’il fait chaud apportez votre maillot de bain.
I recommend going here on a picnic on a nice day! If it’s warm bring your bathing suit.

 

Lieux et monuments - Places and monuments

- Le musée de l’eau propose d’explorer l’eau dans tous ses états. Un bar à eau permet de goûter à plus de 900 eaux du monde en bouteilles. The museum of water explores water in all of it’s states. A water bar lets you taste more than 900 bottles of water from around the world.

- Les grottes de Choranche permettent de découvrir une rivière souterraine, des stalactites uniques, et des batraciens (des protées) rescapés de l’époque des dinosaures. The Chorranche caves let you discover an underground river, unique stalactites, and batrachians surviving the time of the dinosaurs.

- Le cirque de Choranche et la cascade du Gournier. The Choranche circus and the Gournier waterfall.

- Route des gorges de la Bourne entre Pont-en-Royans et Villard-de-Lans, route à encorbellement taillée dans la roche et classée 3 étoiles dans le guide Michelin. The gorges route of Bourne between Pont-en-Royans et Villard-de-Lans; a cool drive through the river valley and underneath natural mountain arches. It has 3 stars in the Michelin guide.


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4 Responses to “Pont-en-Royans, Vercors”

  1. laura September 13, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    Wow that is so cool! I definitely have added Pont-en-Royans to my travel list :)

  2. grenobloise September 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    Yes definitely Laura, if you come to Grenoble check it out in the Vercors mountains.. also drive up in the Chartreuse mountains nearby where there are really cute, charming towns as well as the magnificent Fort du St. Eynard (http://grenobloise.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/le-fort-du-saint-eynard/) and experience feeling like your living life in a story book at Crolles paragliding take-off (http://grenobloise.wordpress.com/2011/07/18/take-off-crollesparapente-a-crolles/). There is so much to discover. I’ve been lagging on my updates, but subscribe at least to stay in touch!

  3. k_sam October 25, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    Whoa crazy – I stayed in Pont-en-Royans this past week for work and I was googling it to get more info and I came across this post….and then I realized you were the same Grenobloise on Keith’s blog. Small world!!

    • grenobloise October 26, 2011 at 10:04 am #

      Hey that’s really cool! Ha ha, small world indeed. How did you like it there? I heard it was quite windy in the Vercors this past week!

      P.S. GORGEOUS wedding photos!!! And Congrats!

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