October 15, 2016

2040, 2041, 2084, 2214, 2664, 2742, 2826 FRANCE (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) - Grenoble

2040 The map of Isère department and The Bastille in Grenoble

Posted on 16.11.2015, 29.11.2015, 14.01.2016, 23.07.2016, 06.09.2016, 15.10.2016
Located at the foot of the French Alps, where the river Drac joins the Isère, Grenoble is the capital city of the Isère department. The proximity of the mountains, as well as its size, has led to the city being known as the "Capital of the Alps". Its history goes back more than 2,000 years, at a time when it was a small Gallic village. While it gained in stature by becoming the capital of the Dauphiné in the 11th century, it remained for most of its history a modest parliamentary and garrison city on the borders of the Kingdom of France.

2742 Aerial view of Grenoble

The Bastille, an ancient series of fortifications at the south end of the Chartreuse mountain range, overlooking the city of Grenoble, was begun in the Middle Ages, but later years saw extensive additions, including a semi-underground defense network, credited as the most extensive example of early 18th-century fortifications in France, and then held an important strategic point on the Alpine frontier with the Kingdom of Savoy. A small garrison was maintained in the fort until 1940.

2826 The Palace of the Parliament of Dauphiné

The Palace of the Parliament of Dauphiné was constructed in Place Saint André around 1500 and extended in 1539. It was the location of the Parlement of Dauphiné until the French Revolution. It then became a courthouse until 2002. The left wing of the palace was extended in 1897. The front of the former seat of the nearby Dauphiné Parlement combines elements from a gothic chapel and a Renaissance façade. The building now belongs to the Isère Council (Conseil Général de l'Isère).

2041 Grenoble - The Isère's quai, the Bubbles,
the Marius Gontard Bridge, and Vercors Massif.

The Marius Gontard Bridge is historically the second Isère crossing site in Grenoble. The first stone bridge was built between 1621 and 1671. After much destruction and reconstruction, it was rebuilt in stone in 1839 and called the bridge of the Hospital. It carries since 1924 the same name as the street that continues, that of a General Counsel of Grenoble (1856-1923). With a total length of 73m, it has three spans, the central span, the longest, with a range of 27m.

2084 Grenoble - The Isère's quai on wintertime, and the Bubbles.

.The first cable transport system was installed on the Bastille in 1875. Since 1934, the Bastille has been the destination of the Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car, known to locals as Les Bulles (the bubbles). It is one of the oldest urban cable cars in the world and runs all year round. The route takes the cars across the Isère and over the roofs of the old Saint Laurent quarter before passing over a bastion of the curtain wall of the fort and then over the Rabot and various successive fortifications before arriving at the upper station.

2214 Grésivaudan Valley - Funiculaire de Saint-Hilaire du Touvet,
villages with Belledone in background, Dent de Crolles, and the Bubbles.

Except for a few dozen houses on the slopes of the Bastille hill, Grenoble is exclusively built on the alluvial plain of the Isère and Drac rivers at an altitude of 214 metres. As a result, the city itself is extremely flat. Mountain sports are an important tourist attraction in summer and winter. Twenty large and small ski resorts surround the city, the nearest being Le Sappey-en-Chartreuse, which is about 15 minutes' drive away. Historically, both Grenoble and the surrounding areas were sites of heavy industry and mining.

2664 Grenoble

About the stamps
On the postcard 2040

The first stamp, designed by Ernest Pignon-Ernest, was issued on May 20, 2002 to mark the Bicentenary of the Legion of Honour.

The second stamp, It's a boy, designed by Bruno Ghiringhelli, was issued on February 25, 2002.

On the postcard 2041
The first stamp was one of the two issued on March 17, 2003 under the name Lucky Luke - Feast of the stamp 2003.
• Lucky Luke (0,46 EUR)
• Lucky Luke and Rantanplan (0,46 + 0,09 EUR) - It's on the postcard 2041

The second stamp, depicting Michel Petrucciani (1962-1999), is part of the series Stars of Jazz, designed by Raymond Moretti and issued on July 15, 2002. The series has 6 stamps, all with the same face values (0,46 EUR).
Louis Armstrong (1901-1971)
Ella Fitzgerald (1918-1996)
Duke Ellington (1899-1974)
Stéphane Grappelli (1908-1997)
Michel Petrucciani (1962-1999) - It's on the postcard 2041
Sidney Bechet (1897-1959)

On the postcard 2084
The first stamp is part of the series Sauter du coq à l'âne, about which I wrote here. The second stamp is part of the series The senses - The sight, about which I wrote here.

On the postcard 2214

The first stamp was issued on April, 15, 2002, to mark the 100th edition of the bicycle road race Paris-Roubaix.

The second stamp, depicting Georges Perec (1936-1982), was designed by Marc Taraskoff and issued on September 23, 2002. Georges Perec was a French novelist, filmmaker, documentalist, and essayist. His father died as a soldier early in the Second World War and his mother was killed in the Holocaust, and many of his works deal with absence, loss, and identity, often through word play.

On the postcard 2664
The stamps are part of the series Lighthouses, designed by Claude Jumelet, and issued on November 12, 2007.

On the postcard 2742

The first stamp, Dijon - Côte d'Or, designed by Claude Andreotto, was issued on April 10, 2006.

The second stamp is part of the series FIFA World Cup - Germany 2006, issued on May 29. 2006.

On the postcard 2826
The stamp is part of the series Jules Verne - The extraordinary journeys, issued by the French Red on May 30, 2005. All the six stamps have the same face value (0.53 EUR).
• Five Weeks in a Balloon - 1862 - It's on the postcard 2826
• Journey to the Center of the Earth - 1864
• From the Earth to the Moon - 1865
• 20000 Leagues Under the Sea - 1870
• Around the World in 80 Days - 1873
• Michel Strogoff - 1876

Grenoble - Wikipedia

Sender 2040: Zephyrin
Sent from Grenoble (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes / France), on 13.10.2015 
Sender 2041: Jean-Jean
Sent from Grenoble (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes / France), on 21.10.2015
Sender 2084: Jean-Yves Gerlat
Sent from La Tronche (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes / France), on 23.11.2015
Photo: P. Blanc
Sender 2214: Mickey
Sent from Saint-Hilaire du Touvet (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes / France), on 10.11.2015
Photo: P. Blanc, D. Baciocchi
Sender 2664: Papa Diop
Sent from Grenoble (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes / France), on ??.06.2016 
Photo: P. Blanc
Sender 2742: Jean-Yves Gerlat
Sent from Grenoble (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes / France), on 29.08.2016
Photo: F. and L. Dardelet
Sender 2826: Jean-Yves Gerlat
Sent from Murianette (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes / France), on 08.09.2016Photo: P. Blanc

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