La Grande Chartreuse

The mountain monastery

The Grande Chartreuse France

The Grande Chartreuse France

A glimpse into one of my travels to the beautiful mountains of Chartreuse, not far from the city of Grenoble located in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France. It was in the 11th century when Hugh of Châteauneuf the Bishop of Grenoble offered the castle and the surrounding area to Saint Bruno of Cologne founder of the Carthusian order. Today, even if visitors are not allowed to visit the main monastery still in activity by the nuns and monks of Carthusian order leading their strict monastic life, the surrounding area is haven for some fabulous meditative walks. The museum is definitely a worth stop over. The mountain valley monastery is also where the famous “green liquor” produced according to 17th century secret recipe given by François Annibal d’Estrées, brother of Gabrielle d’Estrées mistress of Henry IV of France. Produced in their own distillery, this remarkable liquor is a blend of 130 herbs, plants and flowers – great for an after dinner drink.

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