Fort l’Écluse

Fort l’Écluse is a fortress near Bellegarde-sur-Valserine. It guards the Rhône valley between the Vuache hills and the Jura Mountains and is a natural entrance into France from Geneva. The fort was founded by the Duchy of Savoy in the 13th century and, after it was ceded to France along with the Pays de Gex during the reign of Louis XIV, completed by Vauban. It was destroyed by the Austrians in 1815, but was rebuilt by the French and considerably strengthened and heightened. The fort is open to visitors during summer.

Above, the fort seen from Rocher de Léaz. It has 2 parts: A lower fort, whose buildings can be visited, and an upper fort, which can be accessed from the lower fort through stairs in an underground gallery. A road from Longeray can also be used to get to the outside of the upper fort.

Above, Porte de France (France Gate) at the lower fort. This is the main entrance for visitors. The courtyard can be entered freely but a ticket is needed to enter the buildings and the underground gallery to the upper fort.

Above, Vuache.

Above, start of the visit.

Above, photo exhibition.

Above, exhibition about bats. The fort is a good habitat for them.

Above, a lot of butterflies.

Above, terrace with a good view.

Above, Rhône and Viaduc de Longeray.

Above, looking towards Geneva.

Above, Rocher de Léaz and Viaduc de Longeray.

Above, Salève in the background.

Above, lizard tail.

Above, in the underground gallery to the upper fort. There are many steps to the top (almost 1,000).

Above, Rhône and Pays de Gex.

Above, first outdoor terrace, almost at the top.

Above, artificial beehives.

Above, at the upper fort. A few rooms with no view are open.

Above, on the way down.

Above, Vuache.

Above, Rhône.

Above, the gallery took many years to build. The year of construction is engraved on a wall in each floor.

Above, back at the lower fort, visiting the barracks built in the cliff.

Above, exhibition of sculptures by Yvon Raisin.

Above, back at the courtyard of the lower fort.

Above, train tracks to Geneva.

Above, Porte de Genève (Geneva Gate).

Above, upper fort seen from the road to Léaz.

Above, outside the upper fort, coming from Longeray.

Above, view of the Fort and Grand Crêt d’Eau from Rocher de Léaz.

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Nécropole nationale des Glières (Thônes)

The Nécropole nationale des Glières (National cemetary of the Glieres) in Thônes is the final resting place of 105 resistance fighters killed in 1944 during the fight for Plateau des Glières nearby.

Above, “Vivre libre ou mourir” (Live free or die).

Above, crosses.

Above, cliffs of Parmelan-Tassonnière above.

Above, Jewish tomb.

Annecy Paysages art festival

Annecy Paysages is an open-air art festival taking place in the center of Annecy this summer, until the beginning of September. Here is a map of all the artworks. There are a few events outside the city as well.

Below, Le Rideau de la Méduse, inside Bonlieu.

Below, Bal-ysage.

Below, Breathing Lotus Flower.

Below, Question de sommets.

Below, Truthehole.

Below, Le soulèvement des graines.

Below, Implantations.

Below, Hortus Terra.

Below, Origamis.

Below, Le Mont des Possibles.

Below, Les Hôtes du logis.

Below, Laocoon.

Below, Échappée.

Below, Un potager dans la ville.

Below, Bateau.

Below, Ali.

Below, Les Surligneurs.

Below, Cygnus Diasporus.

Jardin des Remparts

The Jardin des Remparts is a small and well hidden park located in the Old Town of Annecy, not far from the castle. It is dedicated to Father Jean-Marie Delavay, a priest from Haute-Savoie who served as a christian missionary in Yunnan, China during the 19th century. He introduced many new plant species to Europe.

Below, the park at the beginning of spring.

Below, the park during winter.

Above, street outside the park.

Jardin des Chartreux

Jardin des Chartreux is a park in the Croix-Rousse neighbourhood of Lyon. It offers a good view on the Saône below, the Fourvière hill and the business district of La Part-Dieu.

Above, Saône river seen from Passerelle Saint-Vincent. The viewpoint of Jardin des Chartreux can be seen.

Above, the park from below.

Above, Passerelle de l’Homme de la Roche, to Fourvière.

Above, stairs to the park (Montée de la Muette).

Above, Jardin de la Muette, a community garden.

Above, in Jardin des Chartreux.

Above, Saône, Passerelle de l’Homme de la Roche and Parc des Hauteurs. The area with grass is a ski and sledge slope during winter.

Above, Tour Métallique de Fourvière and Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière.

Above, skyscrapers of La Part-Dieu.

Above, Jardin des Rigolards.

Above, Place Rouville near Jardin des Chartreux. It also has a good view on Lyon.