Grenoble is a little hub of street artists and local artisans, which took me far too long to figure out. The Championnet quartier's street art - from massive, intricate designs to small, Banksy-style statement pieces - is around every corner, you just have to know where to look. But it is not limited to the city's walls.
The Bastille, reigning over the town of Grenoble, the north star to some, is not the only destination on that side of the river. Halfway up, and also visible to those in the city center, are two abandoned school buildings - a bit ominous-looking as they peer out, windowless and dark, from the trees that cover the paths up the mountain. But sneak through the hole in the back and you will enter a completely different world... one that isn't usually thought of when people think of the word "France." For an abandoned building, it's incredibly bright and eccentric, bursts of color around every turn, leading up to the rooftop with a breathtaking view of Vercors and Belledonne and the little bustling city of Grenoble itself. A nice quiet perch.
Photos of me taken by @wanderwithkate