Chambery Chamberyse gaseste intr-o vale larga ce separa Chartreuse Massif de Muntii Bauges, la 44 kilometri sud de Annecy. O importanta pozitie strategica din punct de vedere istoric, se gaseste in calea intrarii spre vaile alpine ce conduc spre punctele de traversare spre Italia. La aproape 13 kilometri nord se afla statiunea balneo Aix les Baines, cu faimoasele sale bai termale si dupa inca alti cativa kilometri Lac du Bourget, cel mai mare lac natural al Frantei.
Orasul s-a dezvoltat in jurul castelului construit de contele Thomas de Savoia in 1232 si a devenit capitala provinciei Savoia, bucurandu-se de o epoca de aur in secolele XIV si XV. Chiar daca titulatura de capitala a revenit ulterior orasului italian Torino, in 1562, a ramas un important centru comercial si cultural. Filozoful Jean Jacques Rousseau a petrecut aici o perioada a vietii sale in timpul anilor 1730. Anexat Frantei doar in 1860, Chambery este o localitate de provincie aglomerata, cu o bogata zestre culturala, arhitectura italiana si un simt bogat al propriei identitati regionale - evident in nenumaratele etichete "Savoie Libre" ce se gasesc pe toata suprafata orasului si in departamentele Savoie sau Haute Savoie.
La jumatatea bulevardului larg si frunzos Colonne se gaseste cel mai faimos monument din Chambery, splendida Fontaine ds Elephants, ridicata in cinstea contelui de Boigne, un fiu al orasului ce a strans o avere impresionanta lucrand ca mercenar in India in secolul al XVIII-lea. Averea sa a fost folosita pentru a fonda majoritatea dezvoltarilor urbane. Musee Savoisien din imediata piata Lannoy de Bissy, povesteste despre istoria Savoiei incepand cu Epoca de Bronz. Primul etaj gazduieste picturi, incluzand o lucrare din secolul al XV-lea ce infatiseaza Bunavestire si statui pictate de lemn adunate din bisericile regiunii. Pe al doilea etaj se afla o colectie de carti, carute de lemn si mobila rafinata provenita dintr-o casa din Bessans.
Langa muzeu, in place Metropole, se afla catedrala din Chambery. Interiorul sau este picat in stil "trompe d'oil", caracteristic secolului al XIX-lea, imitand formele rasucite si spiralele stilului gotic tarziu. De aici, un pasaj face trecerea spre rue de la Croix d'Or si numeroasele sale restaurante, de unde, dupa aproximativ 100 de metri, daca cotiti la dreapta ajungeti in incinta rectangulara a place St Leger, gazda din 1735 a lui Rousseau si a doamnei de Waren. Piata are o fantana si mai multe cafenele, unde muzicienii performeaza live in serile de vara. In coltul de nord-est al pietei, rue de Boigne conduce inapoi spre Fontaine des Elephants, insa daca o luati spre stanga, va indreptati spre Chateau des Ducs de Savoie.
O structura impozanta si masiva, a fost odinioara gazda ducilor de Savoia si joaca acum rolul de prefectura. Interiorul se poate vedea doar in excursii insotite de un ghid turistic, ce se pot contracta din oficiul turistic Chambery de vizavi. De la poarta de nord a castelului, o scurta plimbare va scoate pe promenade Veyrat, unde veti descoperi colectiile Musee des Beaux Arts, dedicat in mare masura lucrarilor unor artisti italieni mai putin cunoscuti, dintre secolele XVI si XVIII, insa cuprinde si un tablou de-al lui Uccello si cateva desene semnate de Titian.
La doi kilometri sud de oras, pe chemin des Charmettes, se afla cealalta resedinta din Chambery a lui Rousseau, cabana rurala Les Charmettes, acum gazda Musee Jean Jacques Rousseau. Mobilata in stilul epocii marelui filozof, include biroul de lucru si sezlongul, iar in exterior puteti vedea gradina si livada.
Chamberyis a beautiful town in theFrance. Chambry is the birthplace and historic capital of Savoie. Throughout history, it has been both Italian and French. It lies in a valley in the Alps surrounded by the Bauges and Chartreuse mountain ranges and provides almost 360-degree views of the French Alps. To the north, it is bordered by Lac du Bourget, the largest natural lake in France. Chambery has long been a "crossroads to the Alps" dating all the way back to the 11th century. For many years, it was ruled by the Duchy of Savoie before being annexed to the King of France. Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote the Declaration of the Rights of Man (the French version of the Bill of Rights) while living in Chambery.
Chambery is a charming, peaceful place to visit with beautiful architecture, good food and wine, and friendly people. There are many vineyards in the area that visitors can enjoy, and on Saturdays, the city public market is abuzz with the freshest cheeses, meats, and local produce from the Alps. The area offers many recreational activities to choose from in all seasons, from skiing and snowshoeing, to sailing and rock climbing. The famous Tour de France bicycle race comes through the area in the summer. Chambery also boasts the Savoie Technolac research park and the Universite de Savoie, and a mountain research center.
Chambry has direct TGV from Paris and other trains (TER, Train Express Regional) to all major destinations of the region. It takes 3.5 hours to get to Chambery on the direct TGV. Chambery is easily accessible to Lyon, Grenoble, Chamonix, Geneva (Switzerland), and Turin (Italy.)
It is linked by motorways to
Lyonvia A43 in the west
Grenoblevia A41 in the south
Aix-les-Bains,AnnecyandGenevavia A41 in the north
Torino,Italyvia ... and the tunnel of Frjus in the east
There is also a small airport, Aroport de Chambry-Savoie (IATA: CMF, ICAO: LFLB), 10km north of the city, next to Lac du Bourget, that is served by a number of cheap airlines, especially during the winter months.
Chambery is compact in size and is easily explored on foot in a short amount of time. The medieval section of the town is quite well preserved. There are also local and regional buses. If you wish to explore the mountains or go on a wine tour, car rentals are available in town.
If you want a bit of exercise, you can also rent a bicycle and explore a bit further. Bicycles can be rented from the Vlostation in front of the train station: Agence Ecomobilithttp://agence.ecomobilite.free.fr/Only 3 euros for a half day and 5 euros for a full day. Open Monday-Friday 6:30 am to 7 pm and from 9 am to 7 pm on weekends and holidays.
Cycle paths: a cycle route goes from the centre of town north to the Lac du Bourget (mostly a cycle lane which is separate from the road) and another goes south into the vineyards (mixture of separate cycle lane and quiet country roads).
The medieval quarter of Chambery holds many well-preserved streets and alleys. The most famous is the XIII-centuryRue Basse du Chteau, which was tragically destroyed by a fire on January 1, 2001.
TheChateau de Chambery, once the residence of the Ducs de Savoie and whose chapel once housed the Shroud of Turin, is now the department of Savoie government offices.
Place du Palais de Justice Hotel de Ville Place St-Leger Cathedral de Chambery The Elephants Fountain(on lots of postcards, the fountain with these four elephant "busts" is affectionately called the "four buttless" by locals)
Croix du Nivolet Mont Granier Lac du Bourget- Renting a paddle-boat for an hour or two is a cheap way to spend a sunny afternoon.
Shopping, eating, drinking, visiting vineyards, hiking, boating, skiing, snowshoeing, rock climbing, horseback riding
A light, yet sturdy knife from local company "Opinel"
Cheap shoes and clothing from the store Axo. Hard to find (ask the locals for directions) and terribly disorganized, but the prices are very good. A pair of ballerina flats usually goes for around 8 euros.
Fondue savoyarde, tartiflette, crpes, goats cheese
Vins de Savoie, Chartreuse, O'Cardinal's Pub
BEST HOTEL CHAMBERYLocated: 9, rue Denfert Rochereau, 73000 Chambery
It is situated in the centre of Chambery near the Savoy University. It includes 40 soundproof bedrooms on three floors, which all include bathroom, telephone, satellite TV and car space in front of the hotel to deposit luggage. English, Spanish, French and Italian is spoken. The hotel also includes an indoor swimming pool, tennis, skating rink and an equestrian centre.
Hotel Facilities: Internet - wireless internet is available in all rooms and is free of charge, Guest Parking - Private parking is possible at a location nearby and cost roughly EUR 6.00 ($9.60) per day.
Children and extra beds: Maximum capacity of extra beds in a room is 1
Price: EUR 90 ($144) per day
Check-In: 12.00 hours
Check-Out: 11.00 hours
ALL ROOMS ARE NON-SMOKING!!
CHTEAU DE CANDIE(90~160 Euros + Restaurant, 23~55 Euros) Address: 38, rue Bobby Sands, 73000, Chambry-le-Vieux (5 km from Chambry) Tel.: (33)(4)79966300 Fax: (33)(4)79966310 Five minutes from the centre of Chambry, this massive XIVth Century Chteau had its beautiful rooms elegantly renovated. The cuisine is inspired by its Savoy roots: sauted mushrooms and crawfish, omble chevalier meunire, beef fillet seasoned with Szechuan pepper. Great cheeses and wines. All food served in the "Orangerie".
L'ESSENTIEL(27~53 Euros) Address: 183, place de la Gare, 73000, Chambry. Tel.: (33)(4)79969727 Fax: (33)(4)79961778 Closed on Saturday Lunches & all Sundays. A contemparary decor and inventive regional cuisine, served with local Savoy wines.
L'HYPOTNUSE(14~35 Euros) Address: Carr Curial, 73000, Chambry. Tel.: (33)(4)79858015 Fax: (33)(4)79858018 Closed on Saturday lunches & all Sundays as well as July 15th~August 15th. In a space full of silence and fresh air, this restaurant offers a seasomal cuisine created with locally grown products at a reasonable price.
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