A rainy day in Grenoble: a week in Grenoble part two

The Museum of Grenoble, a decent crepe and an awesome Syrian feast for dinner

Me in Grenoble

Me in Grenoble

Our second day in Grenoble began a lot like our first, with a gorgeous view of the Alps. If there’s one thing I’ll always remember from this trip it’s walking out onto a balcony every morning and seeing snow capped mountains. Simple gorgeous and how could you not be excited seeing a view like this in the morning.

Grenoble's morning mountain view

Grenoble’s morning mountain view

Surrounded by views like this, I’m surprised they get much done in Grenoble other than taking lovely walks in the mountains or the old town and eating wonderful mountain cuisine.

Today Hana’s cousin had to go to work, We’d arrived on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday had been a bank-holiday kinda thing in France but Friday was a normal work day, so we were going to be left to our own devices for the day.

We had seen a few things we’d like to see but settled on visiting the Museum of Grenoble and then taking a wander around the town itself to get a bit more acquainted with this little lovely mountain city.

Grenoble Tram

The Grenoble Tram

Photo: Alain Gavillet

After a lazy start to the day we made our way into town and the museum via the tram network. I love a city with trams. There is such a continental feel to them, they just add something extra to a place.

Grenoble Museum

Grenoble Museum

Photo: Guillhem Vellut

The Museum of Grenoble (Musée de Grenoble) has a collection of fine art from various periods and from around the world. The museum blends ancient world art from Egypt, Greece and Rome with modern and contemporary art by Picasso and Warhol.

The present museum opened in the mid-90’s and, architecturally it is an interesting building and I really like the look of it. From inside and out the museum still looks as crisp and modern twenty years later as it would have done on its opening day.

We saw both the current exhibition based around Picasso and Warhol (May 7th – August 31st 2015) and part of the permanent collection.  The museum opened way back in 1800 and was one of the first provincial art museums.

Personally, we both preferred the permanent collection to the current exhibition. You’ll see some works by the French masters hiding around a corner or two which was a nice find.

Crepe Steak Hache

Crepe Steak Hache

After exploring the museum it was time to refill and I decided I needed to get some more French food into me! Just down the street from the museum, on Rue Frédéric Taulier is So Krep which is a lovely little creperie. I had to choose something which felt very ‘French’, which would be filling and elegant.

Hana's Crepe

Hana’s Crepe

So I went for crepe steak hache avec oeuf. Or a crepe with a fried egg, two steak burgers cooked beautifully rare and a little salad. This might not sound a classic or classy dish if you’re used to burgers elsewhere but in France they do it just a little differently. It is made of ground steak and treated like a steak, served at your choice of rare, medium or well done.

Maqluba, our Syrian Feast

On our way back to the flat for a super feast of a dish cooked by Hana’s cousin we stopped off and picked up a frozen icecream cake.

French Ice Cream Cake

French Ice Cream Cake

This (below) was what we had for dinner, and yes it is very huge and very tasty! The dish is called Maqluba. It is a traditional Arabic dish which is served and made in different ways across the Middle-East.

Syrian feast, Maqluba

Our Syrian feast, Maqluba

The version we had was the traditional Syrian recipe which Hana’s cousin had grown up eating and which Hana has had a few times to, prepared by her mum.

I really loved the combination of tender and gently spiced meats mixed with soft, fluffy rice encased in aubergine and tomatoes.

What you need to know about Grenoble,

Grenoble Museum
Opening hours Every day except Tuesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Full price €8, over 65/ students €5, under 18’s go free
5 Place Lavalette , 38000 Grenoble
Tel: 04 76 63 44 44 Email: musee-de-grenoble@grenoble.fr

So Krep
3 Rue Frédéric Taulier

Russell BowesReview text and photos By Russell Bowes Find me on Google Plus, catch up and message me on Twitter and see more great pictures on Flickr and Instagram. Pin with me on Pintrest.


One response to “A rainy day in Grenoble: a week in Grenoble part two

  1. Pingback: A week in Grenoble: Maqlooba, an Arabic feast | russellskitchen·

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