Pont de la Caille

The Pont de la Caille (aka Pont Charles-Albert) is a suspension bridge linking the villages of Allonzier-la-Caille and Cruseilles in Haute-Savoie, on the path between Annecy and Geneva. It was built in 1839 to cross the gorge formed by the Usses river, 147m below. A second bridge, the Pont Neuf (aka Pont Caquot) was added in 1928 to support train and car traffic.

Above, a rest area was recently built near the the bridge, complete with benches, picnic tables and suspended viewpoints.

Above, Pont Charles-Albert.

Above, viewpoint above the gorge.

Above, south gate, with Mont Pelé behind it.

Above, Usses river below.

Above, the 2 bridges.

Above, crossing the bridge.

Above, gorge des Usses. There are a few trails down.

Above, Pont Neuf, with the Bornes mountains in the background.

Above, another viewpoint near the south gate.

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Croix-Rousse Hill

La Croix-Rousse is the second major hill of the city of Lyon, as well as the name of a neighbourhood located on this hill. After crossing the Saône from the Fourvière area, I walked up the “montée de la Grande Côte”, a street that links the Place des Terreaux with the Croix-Rousse neighbourhood. I then went down towards the Rhône on the east side of the hill.

Above, city hall on Place des Terreaux.

Above, Montée de la Grande Côte.

Above, one of the numerous examples of street art on display in the area.

Above, the Roman Amphithéatre des Trois Gaules.

Above, Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière and Metallic Tower.

Above, Jardin de la Grande Côte.

Above, cow exhibition on Place de la Croix-Rousse, at the top of the hill.

Above, Esplanade du Gros Caillou.

Above, the Gros Caillou (Big Pebble).

Above, graffiti in rue Joséphine Soulary, on the way down to the Rhône.

Above, Rhône river.

Vieux Lyon / Fourvière Hill

The Fourvière Hill is the oldest inhabited part of the city of Lyon. At its foot, along the Saône river, is the Vieux Lyon (Old Town), a neighbourhood that dates from the middle ages. At the top of the hill, the Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière and the Tour Métallique dominate the city. Ruins of a roman theatre are also located near those landmarks. To get there, a funicular is available but it also possible to take the stairs.

Above, Pont Bonaparte across the Saône.

Above, Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière and Metallic Tower.

Above, Eglise Saint-Georges.

Above, tower of Eglise Saint-Georges.

Above, street in the Vieux Lyon.

Above, monument to Laurent Mourguet, creator of the Guignol puppet show.

Above, the Jardin Archéologique Saint-Jean, near the Cathedral, features ruins dating from the end of Roman times.

Above, Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste.

Above, looking at the Fourvière Hill from Place Saint-Jean in front of the Cathedral.

Above, Montée du Garillan, to go up the hill.

Above, in Parc des Hauteurs:

Above, skyscrapers of La Part Dieu from the Parc des Hauteurs.

Above, at the Basilica.

Above, viewpoint of the Basilica.

Above, looking towards Parc de la Tête d’Or.

Above, Cathédral Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Place Bellecour.

Above, Tour Métallique de Fourvière.

Above, Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière. I will make a specific post about the church.

Above, stairs on the way down, on Montée Nicolas de Lange.

Above, Rue de Montauban.

Above, Eglise Saint-Paul.

Above, crossing the Saône river again.

Lyon: Walk along the Rhône

After leaving the Lyon Confluence area, I walked along the Rhône on the way to the Old Town of Lyon (Vieux Lyon), making a few detours here and there.

Above, Musée des Confluences seen from Parc de Gerland.

Above, under the Pont Raymond Barre.

Above, Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière in the background.

Above, Pont Gallieni, towards Lyon-Perrache.

Above, Statue de la République, on Place Carnot.

Above, Lyon-Perrache train station.

Above, fountain on Place Ampère.

Above, Fontaine Gailleton.

Above, Tour Incity, the tallest building in Lyon.

Above, Pont de l’Université.

Above, swimming pool.

Above, Pont de la Guillotière.

Above, Place Bellecour.

Above, statue of Louis XIV.

Above, Fourvière.

Above, now at the Saône river, near the Vieux Lyon.

Lyon Confluence neighbourhood

Lyon Confluence is the neighbourhood of Lyon located south of the Lyon-Perrache train station, and north of the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers. Until not very long ago, it was an area solely dedicated to industry and full of warehouses, but after a few years of construction and millions of euros in investment, the urban-renewal project has brought new shops, restaurants, offices, housing and a new museum (Musée des Confluences).

Above, Le Cube Orange.

Above, parking garage at Lyon-Perrache.

Above, Saône river.

Above, Stade Sonny Anderson.

Above, Jardin Aquatique Ouagadougou.

Above, Pont des Arts, with the new Pôle de Commerces et de Loisirs de Confluence (a shopping mall) on the other side of the canal.

Above, Jardin d’Erevan.

Above, Jardin Aquatique Jean Couty.

Above, former crane on the docks.

Above, autonomous shuttle Navly.

Above, new HQ of EuroNews.

Above, the new Musée des Confluences.

Above, confluence of Rhône (left) and Saône (right) rivers.

Above, Jardin du Musée des Confluences.

 

Above, Pont Raymond Barre, to Gerland.

Above, Rhône.

Above, the museum seen from Parc de Gerland.