Please Note: The previously announced tour to Chamonix and Mont-Blanc has been cancelled due to lack of advanced registration. If you already paid for this tour, you should have been contacted to arrange for either a full refund or a partial refund and a reassignment to the tour described below. If you paid for the Chamonix and Mont Blanc tour and have NOT been contacted, please erik.secula [at] nist.gov (contact us)!
The conference organizers have arranged a full-day tour scheduled for Friday, May 27th. The fee for the tour is 59 €, and it is all inclusive. You may register for this event on the conference registration page.
The day will begin with a guided two-hour tour of Grenoble, France's flattest city, followed by lunch. After lunch, a comfortable coach will transport you to visit two of the most famous places in vercors.
The Choranche Cave
Let yourself drift... The waters of the underground lakes and rivers flood the crystal whiteness of the rock formations with emerald green reflections. Nature at its purest... The stalactites, called soda straws are the great sights of this cave: they are very thin, very fragile. There are thousands of them in Choranche which is a unique scene in Europe.
Classified as historical monuments in 1946, the sight of the houses suspended over the Bourne river had already impressed Stendhal. They should be admired from the left bank of the Bourne river.
Since 1809, Meunier distillery is specialized in the distillation of plants, especially Génépi. You will discover typical copper stills, still in use in the distillery and the visit ends with a tasting of liquors produced locally.
You may register for this event on the conference registration page.