I love slowly inching up on Paris by starting my trip in a town far away from the center of action. Grenoble is a wonderful town – essentially, the Silicon Valley of France, although it makes me think of Brad Feld and Boulder, CO more than anything in California. It’s situated at the foothills of the Alps with breathtaking views of the mountains all around it. It’s a great town to visit, especially if you like to ski or mountain climb. Also it’s very near Italy and of course, being in the Alps, near Switzerland. If you are staying on after the LeWeb Conference, take the TGV from Gare de Lyon to Grenoble (directly or via Lyon) which is only about 2 ½ hours. You might want to rent a car and drive into the Alps, although this is not for the faint of heart as the roads are … how shall I put it … very exciting!
This morning I’m excited to visit Petzl (www.petzl.com), the leaders in mountain and rescue equipment to learn more about their R&D lab, in a suburb of Grenoble called Crolles. If you think VC’s have a stomach for risk – wait til you see what the folks at Petzl consider risk. I hope you don’t have a fear of heights!