The Albanais is the region of Haute-Savoie between Lac d’Annecy and Lac du Bourget. Among the interesting things to do in the area are visiting the Jardins Secrets in Vaulx or the gorges of the Fier river and the nearby castle of Montrottier.

Above, Fier river.

Above, Parmelan in the background.

Above, Semnoz in the background.

Above, Tournette in the background.

Above, Fier river.

The Taillefer (in the foreground on the photo above, taken from the Ermitage de Saint-Germain) and the Montagne d’Entrevernes (background) are mountains in the Bauges Massif, on the western shore of Lac d’Annecy. This page details an itinerary similar to the one that I followed (except that, at Col de la Cochette, I stayed on the ridge instead of going down on the other side).

The trail starts in Duingt, near the church and the entrance of the tunnel on the Voie Verte (if coming by bike from Annecy). The first few minutes follow stations of the cross to the grotto of Notre Dame du Lac. Just before the grotto, there is a forest trail to reach the ridge of the Taillefer. From there, it is a gradual incline with a great view on Lake Annecy. Some time before reaching the viewpoint of L’Oratoire, I turned right to go down to the village of Entrevernes, in the valley below. The mountain on the other side is the Montagne d’Entrevernes, which is reached by first going up to Col de la Cochette. Then, there is a bit of climbing to reach the summit cross. The view is worth the effort. Then, I kept to the ridge until I turned in the direction of “Les Maisons” in the valley. Finally, I followed the road in the fields, which soon became paved, to get back to the starting point and complete the loop.

Above, climbing rock in Duingt.

Above, tunnel of the voie verte.

Above, first station of the cross.

Above, Notre Dame du Lac.

Above, Château de Châteauvieux, in Duingt.

Above, Dents de Lanfon.

Above, Montagne d’Entrevernes.

Above, Château de Dhéré, in Duingt.

Above, snake.

Above, Petit Lac d’Annecy (litterally Small Lake), the part of the lake south of Duingt.

Above, lilium martagon.

Above, valley of Entrevernes.

Above, former stone quarry.

Above, Col de la Forclaz and Tournette.

Above, Col de la Cochette.

Above, goats in Entrevernes.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, cross at the summit of Montagne d’Entrevernes.

Above, Roc des Boeufs.

Above, Semnoz.

Above, towards Faverges.

Above, at Les Maisons.

Above, Château de Dhéré.

Above, Château de Châteauneuf in Duingt.

Above, church of Duingt.

Mont Veyrier @ Lake Annecy @ On the way back @ Hike to Semnoz

Mont Veyrier dominates the north-east side of Lake Annecy. This article describes the itinerary that I followed.

The trail starts across the street from the lake, near the Petit Port in Annecy-le-Vieux. It goes up in the forest, with the occasional view on the lake and Annecy. At a crossing, I followed the trail towards Col des Sauts. Starting from there, the trail goes along the ridge, with a near continuous view of Lake Annecy and the surrounding mountains, passing through the summits of Mont Veyrier and Mont Baron, until the place where the hotel and ropeway station used to be. Then leaving Mont Baret on my left, I went down the mountain through the forest, until I reached Veyrier-du-Lac. I was at the lake soon after. I then had to walk next to the paved road to go back to the start of the trail and complete the loop. An alternative path for this part is to follow the Talabar trail before getting out of the forest, as detailed here. It is a bit longer though.

Above, at the Petit Port in Annecy-le-Vieux.

Above, trail marker.

Above, the north shore of the lake.

Above, view from Col des Sauts.

Above, Semnoz.

Above, there is no view at the summit.

Above, Mont Blanc.

Above, former site of the Hotel du Mont Baron.

Above, lizard.

Above, Mont Baret.

Above, looking back at Mont Baron and Mont Veyrier.

Above, Parmelan.

Above, at Veyrier-du-Lac. There is a series of small paths to take in order to reach the lake.

Above, at the lake. Unfortunately, most of the shore until Annecy-le-Vieux is blocked by private properties.

Above, former restaurant of chef Marc Veyrat (now held by his apprentice Yoann Conte).

Above, the Impérial Palace hotel.

After returning from Japan, I spent the summer in Annecy, in the mountainous Haute-Savoie area of France. For my first hike, I went to Pointe de la Rochette and Rocher du Roux, near La Tournette (the highest mountain bordering Lake Annecy) in the Bornes Massif.

I started in Annecy, then followed the Voie Verte (Green Road) on my bike until the southern end of the lake, where I turned east to reach Verthier and parked my bike there. I then followed this itinerary to Col de la Forclaz and then on to Pointe de la Rochette. Instead of returning directly, I continued on the path towards La Tournette for a bit: First, I stopped at the viewpoint of Rocher du Roux, then walked to the Chalet de l’Aulp, which is the usual starting point for the climb to La Tournette. I started on that trail to have a look at the cows and the surrounding views but I did not go very high. Finally, I went down the mountain using the same path as I used for coming up.

Above, canal seen from the Pont des Amours.

Above, swans on Lake Annecy.

Above, Montagne du Charbon.

Above, the bike path.

Above, Chapelle Notre Dame de la Nativité, in Verthier. The walking path starts there (trail common to GR96 and GRP Lac d’Annecy)

Above, there is a section on a paved road before reaching the forest trail.

Above, Lake Annecy and Taillefer mountain behind it.

Above, at Col de la Forclaz (Forclaz Pass).

Above, Lake Annecy, looking towards Annecy, on the northern end.

Above, Col de la Forclaz is one of the most popular starting points in the area for paragliders and hang gliders.

Above, Pointe de la Rochette.

Above, Montagne d’Entrevernes.

Above, Mont Veyrier.

Above, runway for paragliders. It was still early in the touristic season so there was not that many people.

Above, Lake Annecy, with the Castle of Châteauvieux in Duingt protruding in the foreground.

Above, Taillefer, Montagne d’Entrevernes and Roc des Boeufs (Bauges).

Above, Roc des Boeufs.

Above, the path continues in the forest above the runway.

Above, Dents de Lanfon on the right.

Above, summit of Pointe de la Rochette.

Above, the village of Montmin.

Above, La Tournette (2351m)

Above, looking south.

Above, Lake Annecy seen from the viewpoint (panorama) of Rocher du Roux. It is just a short detour from the trail to Chalet de l’Aulp.

Above, Dents de Lanfon (Teeth of Lanfon).

Above, Rocher du Roux.

Above, Lanfonnet.

Above, Chalet de l’Aulp. It is a farm that produces cheese and also serves as a restaurant during summer.

Above, on the trail to La Tournette.

Above, the most popular type of cows in Haute-Savoie: the Abondance.

Above, Rocher du Roux.

Above, on the way back.

Above, looking towards the Bauges Mountains: Pointe de la Sambuy in the center and Pointe d’Arcalod on the right.

Above, Pointe de la Sambuy.

Above, refuge (emergency hut) of La Tournette.

Above, back at the runway of Col de la Forclaz.

Above, hang glider.

Above, looking back at Pointe de la Rochette.

Above, on the way down to Verthier.

Above, looking at Col de la Forclaz, Pointe de la Rochette, Rocher du Roux and La Tournette from the other shore of Lake Annecy.

Above, near Duingt, on the voie verte to Annecy.

I had to leave Japan at the end of my 1 year Working Holiday Visa, which made me sad… Anyway, I mostly posted pictures of buildings or landscapes until now, so for my last post about Japan, here are a few pictures of the people of Tokyo.

Above, salaryman sleeping on the train.

Above, near Kabukicho.

Above, Yurito (2020 Tokyo Olympics mascot) in Odaiba.

Above, Sonic in Ikebukuro.

Above, at the opening of the Uniqlo store in Okachimachi.

Above, Mikyan (mascot of Enohime prefecture).

Above, inside the Panasonic showroom in Ariake.

Above, mascot of the Porta shopping mall in Kyoto.

Above, Po, the pig mascot of the Manpaku food festivals.

Above, Mahaechan (mascot of Okinawa).

Above, Kenketsu-chan, the blood donation mascot.

Above, Gunma-kun mascot.

Above, Seijin-no-Hi at Meiji Shrine.

Above, owl in Yoyogi Park.

Above, flea market in Yoyogi Park.

Above, rock dancers near Yoyogi Park.

Above, dancers in Yoyogi Park.

Above, lonely cosplayer on the Harajuku bridge. It used to be a big cosplay spot but nowadays it is rare to see anyone posing there.

Above, Hare Krishna in Harajuku.

Above, art project in Takeshita Dori. I got to hold the frame too!

Above, protest against furs.

Above, protest against prime minister Abe.

Above, beach in Kamakura.

Above, traditional Japanese wedding at Meiji Shrine.

Above, traditional wedding at Togo Shrine.

Above, shrine maiden (miko) at Togo Shrine.

Above, waiting in line  for taiyaki in Kichijoji.

Above, waiting in line for pancakes in Harajuku.

Above, pancakes are really popular…

Above, Bon Odori dance festival at Hibiya Park.

Above, Shibuya scramble.

Above, beggar monk in Shibuya.

Above, beggar monk in Ueno.

Above, beggar monk in Sugamo.

Above, at Jalala Cat Café in Akihabara.

Above, Akihabara.

Above, maid in Akihabara.

Above, gaijin interview.

Above, Nintendo DS players in Akihabara.

Above, hanami near Sophia University.

Above, cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

Above, in Sagamihara.

Above, cosplayers at the summer Comiket.

Above, polishing Buddha’s head at Senso-ji in Asakusa.

Above, nationalists in Ikebukuro.

Above, hanami in Ueno Park.

Above, paddling at Shinobazu pond in Ueno Park.

Above, posing with the mushrooms character of the Kineko Saibai Kit video game.

Above, mascot of Aomori prefecture inside Ueno station.

Above, my last picture of Tokyo: Tokyo Skytree seen from my apartment in Komagome.


Donkey in trafic @ Outside the Shalimar Gardens @ Lahore

Outside the Shalimar Gardens @ Lahore

Outside the Shalimar Gardens @ Lahore

Outside the Shalimar Gardens @ Lahore

Shalimar Gardens @ Lahore

Shalimar Gardens @ Lahore

Shalimar Gardens @ Lahore

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Name: Guilhem Vellut Location: Annecy, France



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