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.


Cathédrale Saint-Pierre d’Annecy

The Cathédrale Saint-Pierre d’Annecy is a catholic church located in the old town of Annecy. It was built in the 16th century.

Above, pipe organ.

Above, shrine to Saint-Francis de Sales, one of the first bishops of the church.

Above, the cathedral and its bell tower seen from a viewpoint on the way to the Castle. The higher tower behind it belongs to the Eglise Notre-Dame de Liesse.

Above, bell tower of the cathedral.

Above, garden of the cathedral, next to the canal.

Above, pink bleeding-heart flower (Lamprocapnos).

Hike to Tête Noire, Tête Ronde & Tête de l’Arpettaz

Last Autumn, I went on a hike to the so-called “3 Têtes” of the Bornes mountains: Tête Noire, Tête Ronde and Tête de l’Arpettaz. I partly followed the instructions here, to find the start of the trail on Plateau des Glières, although I actually walked the trail shown below (KML):

In the morning, I took a LIHSA bus from Annecy and got off at Pont de Morette in Thônes (world capital of Reblochon). While there, I made a detour through Grotte Notre-Dame de Lourdes, but was soon on my way to Plateau des Glières. The path is a forest trail at first but soon becomes an access road starting from Alpage du Nant Debout. After a while, I reached the Notre-Dame des Neiges chapel on Plateau des Glières. The trail to the 3 Têtes starts nearby: The trailhead is actually only marked by a cairn, without any direction signs. There are only paint marks along the way after that. On the path to Tête Noire, I crossed fields of limestone, similar to the Parmelan. There was a great view from the summit, with all the Bornes mountains visible, as well as the Mont Blanc. I continued to the highest peak of the day, Tête Ronde, located not very far away. I ate lunch there then went on to Tête de l’Arpettaz, which had a great view on La Tournette and the Thônes valley. After that, I walked down towards the Gorges d’Ablon then climbed up again on the limestone plateau of Parmelan-Tassonnière until I reached Col du Pertuis. My original plan was to continue until Tête du Parmelan, but I had been too slow and night was falling, so instead I ended the hike by getting down the mountain from the Col until La Blonnière in Dingy-Saint-Clair. I then followed the road down until the Fier river. Finally, in order to get home, I had to walk all the way to Annecy-le-Vieux in the dark, which was pretty tedious…

Above, in front of the bus stop in Thônes.

Above, German bunkers.

Above, Tête à Turpin on Parmelan-Tassonnière.

Above, Grotte Notre-Dame de Lourdes.

Above, La Balme-de-Thuy.

Above, Dent du Cruet.

Above, Alpage du Nant Debout.

Above, chalet at Alpage de la Rosière.

Above, nice autumn colors.

Above, Notre-Dame des Neiges in view.

Above, the chapel.

Above, Plaine de Dran on Plateau des Glières, with Montagne des Frêtes in the background.

Above, cairn marking the beginning of the trail to the 3 Têtes.

Above, Montagne de Sous-Dine.

Above, limestone pavement.

Above, summit of Tête Noire.

Above, Mont Blanc, with the Aravis mountains and Lachat de Thônes in front.

Above, Parmelan.

Above, Pointe Percée.

Above, Tête Ronde.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, Lake Geneva in the distance.

Above, Col du Pertuis.

Above, Parmelan-Tassonière, on the way to Tête Ronde.

Above, hands are needed to cross that part.

Above, Pointe de la Québlette and Pointe de Dran.

Above, Thônes valley.

Above, summit of Tête Ronde.

Above, Tête Noire.

Above, Pic de Jallouvre in the background.

Above, Tête de l’Arpettaz.

Above, Montagne de Cotagne and La Tournette.

Above, Mont Charvin.

Above, cross at the summit of Tête de l’Arpettaz.

Above, cliffs of Parmelan-Tassonière, with some view of Lake Annecy.

Above, Tête Ronde.

Above, Dent du Cruet and Pointe de Talamarche.

Above, on the way to Gorge d’Ablon.

Above, Gorge d’Ablon.

Above, on the way to Col du Pertuis.

Above, the 3 Têtes.

Above, Croix du Bénitier.

Above, at Col du Pertuis.

Above, Dingy-Saint-Clair.

Above, cliffs of Parmelan.

Above, at La Blonnière.

Above, red sunset on Parmelan.

Above, Col de Bluffy, with the Bauges in the background.

Ramen at Yatta ! Ramen in Annecy-le-Vieux

Chicken Ramen (Ramen Volaille), with shoyu soup. Pretty good.

Above, this is Yatta ! Ramen’s second shop in the Annecy area. Their first one is a bit far away from where I live so I only went there once. The new one opened a few months ago in Annecy-le-Vieux and is right next door to me.

One of their interesting features is a monthly ramen special (called kaizen). I have been there a few times to try the new ramen.

Below, shio ramen in December.

Below, miso ramen in February.

Below, shio ramen in April, with duck. This one was really good.


Hike to Col d’Anterne & Lac de Pormenaz

At the end of the summer of last year, I went on a hike to Col d’Anterne and Lac de Pormenaz, in the Giffre mountains not far from the Mont Blanc. I followed this itinerary (in the other direction).

I arrived in Sallanches by train from Annecy in the morning, then took a LIHSA bus to Passy Plaine-Joux, a ski resort in the mountains. There was a great view on the Mont Blanc from there. I took a trail towards Lac Vert (Green Lake) then followed an access road until the Chalets du Souay. At that point, I left the road and started on a trail called “La Chorde” on the way to Lac de Pormenaz: The trail was very steep with multiple ladders and chains. I ate lunch at the lake then continued towards the Refuge de Moëde Anterne, an emergency hut below the Col d’Anterne. When I arrived, I was surprised by the quantity of snow in the area. With the sun showing up, it was starting to melt though, which made the trail up to Col d’Anterne very slippery. At the pass, it was very cold but there was a great view on the surrounding mountains: Pointe d’Anterne, Rochers des Fiz and Tête de Villy on one side, Massif des Aiguilles Rouges and Mont Blanc on the other. I then went down the Col using the same path as on the way up. Finally, I walked on the “GR de Pays Tour du Pays du Mont Blanc” road back to Passy Plaine-Joux in order to take, first, a LIHSA bus to Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, then, from there, a OuiBus to Annecy.

Above, Passy Plaine-Joux in the morning.

Above, Mont Blanc from the takeoff area for paragliders.

Above, Pointe d’Ayères Sud in the Rochers des Fiz.

Above, tree house on the way to Lac Vert.

Above, Lac Vert.

Above, road to Chalets du Souay.

Above, Refuge Le Châtelet.

Above, at the Chalets du Souay.

Above, Les Jumelles.

Above, La Chorde.

Above, view of Ayères-des-Pierrières.

Above, herd of sheep.

Above, Lac de Pormenaz.

Above, Pointe Noire de Pormenaz towering above the lake.

Above, on the trail to Refuge de Moëde Anterne.


Above, Aiguille de la Glière.

Above, lost sheep.

Above, the Refuge.

Above, on the trail to Col d’Anterne.

Above, Mont Blanc and Pointe Noire de la Pormenaz.

Above, trail repair.

Above, at the Col d’Anterne, looking at the other side towards Lac d’Anterne (not visible).

Above, Rochers des Fiz.

Above, Mont Blanc.

Above, Massif des Aiguilles Rouges.

Above, Refuge de Moëde Anterne below.

Above, Tête à l’Ane.

Above, Tête Noire de Pormenaz and Lac de Pormenaz.

Above, Mont Buet.

Above, on the way down.

Above, on the GR towards Passy Plaine-Joux.



Above, Rochers des Fiz.

Above, Ayères des Pierrières.

Above, back at Passy Plaine-Joux.

Above, Autoroute du Mont Blanc in the valley.

Above, Saint-Gervais train station.