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Charmant Som: Cow Paradise!

October 28, 2011

There’s a lot of beauty to appreciate in the Chartreuse mountain range. There’s watching the paragliders take off over Crolles and visiting the old Fort du Saint-Eynard (which also has an adorable restaurant). There’s a lot to see. Recently, I visited a place that may beat everything I’ve seen so far: Charmant Som. Why? Possibly due to my love for farm animals. All I know is, when I think about Charmant Som, I feel like my heart flutters. Photos:


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16 Comments

  • Reply gojulesgo October 29, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Oh my gosh, these pictures are breathtaking!

  • Reply PigletinFrance November 2, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Beautiful pics & I love fondue a la tomme! I’ve never been for a hike here yet so have added to my list! I love the mountains and am often surprised at seeing random farm animals (I once came across a pig whilst skiing in Les Gets).

    Did you get to see the Coupe Icare paragliding contest?

    • Reply grenobloise November 2, 2011 at 10:37 am

      Thank-you! I’ve had the ‘fondue savoyarde’ but not a la Tomme. Will try it at some point hopefully. Yes I want to hike here as well- looks lovely! I haven’t hiked much since I’ve gotten here but hopefully will get to it; once I do I will blog about different hiking trails, etc (but may not be for a while!). Ha – that’s cute that you saw a pig! I’m hoping to see some mountains goats and chamois..

      I see that you lived in Lyon and are now in rural France; are you near Grenoble? I will check out your blog asap!

      Nope, didn’t see a paragliding contest. Sounds cool. Tant pis. Did you?

      • Reply PigletinFrance November 2, 2011 at 11:24 am

        Mountain goats are cute, at least I think so!
        I thought maybe you saw the Coupe Icare as it was near Froges in September, I saw some pictures you took and it looked like where it was.
        Yes, I lived in Lyon but we moved to the Nord-Isere in June of this year. We’re 45 mins from Grenoble, 45 mins from Lyon and 25 mins from Chambery.

  • Reply Ella Coquine November 2, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Dana! I’m waiting for your Paris posts!! How’d your weekend go?!

    It’s like we traded places this weekend, you were in the city and I was in the country!

    • Reply grenobloise November 2, 2011 at 2:01 pm

      Hi Ella! Oh my.. didn’t even get to upload the photos to my computer (got back around midnight last night)! I was in your neighborhood quite a bit.. went to Panfoulia (LOVED the burger!) and had a mojito at Les Etages (chill place; felt like I was transported Brooklyn for a minute! Didn’t like the mojito though- too much shaved ice, and for 11 euros! Took 5 sips and it was done.). I walked everywhere in all of the main neighborhoods of Paris. Now next time I come in I’ll know where to go!

      It is like we traded places! How was it in the country?

      • Reply Ella Coquine November 4, 2011 at 7:43 am

        I’m glad you liked La Panfoulia! We were there last night for some beef! Boeuf!

        I hope the next time that you are in ‘P-town’, I’m here so we could do it up NY style!

        And yes, Les Etages is pricey….that’s my once in a while place. Sorry they made your drink so icey! Salauds!

    • Reply grenobloise November 2, 2011 at 2:11 pm

      Didn’t get to read your blog yet; came home to so many emails! Getting to it now. Damn you’re quick!

  • Reply Emmanuel February 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Thanks for the pictures of the Charmant som where I stupidly broke my leg last summer !

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  • Reply Kirsten February 20, 2014 at 3:16 am

    Please tell refer me to a website than can provide information on how to travel from Paris to Charmant Som, about a hiking tour and visiting the Chartruese factory. Merci! Your pictures inspire!

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