Until now, Breeze has concentrated its relocation business to Grenoble and its surrounding areas exclusively. But today, thanks to our growing network we have been able to expand our services to the neighbouring cities of Lyon and Chambéry. We are so excited about these new opportunities, that we decided to dedicate our next blog on these 3 cities we are so proud to live and work in.
Grenoble is nestled at the foot of the French Alps, and is known today as the Capital of the Alps. It is a thriving city with 4 universities that welcomes over 50,000 students each year. It is a world leader in scientific research in nanotechnologies, computer science and physics, with over 20,000 people related to its research activities. It also produces over 450 patents per year. The ESRF, the European Synchrotron, is an international research facility supported by 22 countries, based in Grenoble. Thanks to high-level, innovative engineering and cutting-edge vision, the ESRF is recognized as a global leader in its field, welcoming more than 7.000 scientists every year, from all over the world
It is nestled between 2 rivers, the Isère to the north, and the Drac to the west and is very flat which is why so many locals choose to get around on their bikes. Grenoble also has a very convenient public transportation system which is mainly the tram or the bus.
It hosted the winter Olympics in 1968. Today it is still known as a sporty city as most residents enjoy the hikes that are available all around us in the mountains, and also the skiing throughout the winter. It can be less than an hour drive to the ski resorts where you can even ski in the summer on the glaciers in certain places.
It has many tourist attractions the most popular being the Bastille fort, for which you can use the famous 'eggs' or téléphérique to transport you to the top. Many people like to walk up to the Bastille which has an elevation of 300 m and then enjoy the amazing views that this place offers. Grenoble also has the 'Musée de Grenoble' which houses some of the greatest artist's work such as Andy Warhol, Kandinsky, Matisse, Picasso, and Joan Miro.
Lyon is the 2nd largest city in France with a population of over 500,000. It's history spans over 2000 years and was once the capital of Gaul, and one of the most important cities in the Roman Empire. It's historic centre - Le Vieux Lyon, which dates from the Medieval and Renaissance eras, is now a Unesco World Heritage site.
It is situated between the rivers Rhône and Saône and in-between the wine countries of Burgundy and the Beaujolais to the North, and the Côtes de Rhône to the south. Because of this it offers many excellent local wines that are world famous.
It is also renowned for its culinary excellence and is hailed as the the Gourmet Capital and boasts several world class Michelin starred chefs and restaurants. Typical Lyonnais restaurants are known as Bouchon Lyonnais. They serve the traditional Lyonnais food, that is centered around meats and although very tasty, can also be quite fatty. Mind those calories!
It has always been a very prosperous and wealthy city, and one of its main industries in the past was silk weaving. Many of its silks were used in the court of Versailles before the French Revolution in 1789.
It has excellent transports links such as the High Speed Train - Le TGV which gets you to Paris in 2 hours. It also has a big international airport with flights to over 100 cities.
Chambéry is situated in the East of France and is 60 kms north of Grenoble and 100 kms East of Lyon. It is in a large flat valley, surrounded by the Massif des Bauges and next to the Lac du Bourget which is the largest natural lake in France.
It is also at the entrance of the French Alps and is in easy reach of some of the best ski resorts in the Alps - Val Thorens, Courchevel, and Chamrousse. It is the capital of the Savoie Department, and gets its name from the Count of Savoy who used Chambéry as his seat of power.
It's population stands at around 60,000 including 11,000 students, which keeps the city young and vibrant. It has great train connections with a direct service from Chambéry to Paris. It also has a small airport which is open during the winter months to accommodate tourists arriving for skiing and other winter sports.
One of Chambéry's most popular tourist attractions is the Fountain of the Elephants. It was erected in 1838 in tribute to General Comte de Boigne (1751-1830) and his military campaigns, including one to India from which he returned immensely rich.
Are you relocating to Grenoble, Lyon or Chambéry? At Breeze Relocation our core business is to offer relocation services to anyone moving to the heart of the French Alps. We offer personable bespoke services that include :