Parc Georges Valbon (Parc de la Courneuve)

Parc Georges Valbon (aka Parc de la Courneuve) is a huge park (417 ha) in Seine-Saint-Denis. After my visit to the Basilica of Saint-Denis, I walked to the park and spent the rest of the day there, until sunset. The weather was really nice and the park looked great in fall colors.

Above, geese.

Above, large concrete sculpture.

Above, Grand Lac (Great Lake).

Above, the top of that hill has a nice viewpoint on the park.

Above, at the top of the hill.

Above, on the bridge crossing the train tracks.

Above, Cascades.

Above, mounds.

Above, view from the big mound, the highest point in the park.

Above, landing strip of Aéroport du Bourget.

Above, looking towards Paris. Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre and the Eiffel Tower can be seen.

Above, Vallon, covered with algae.

Above, crossing the train tracks on the way back.

Above, in the rose garden.

Above, shadow of the entrance gate in the setting sun.

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Lac Daumesnil (Bois de Vincennes)

Lac Daumesnil is an artifical lake located in Bois the Vincennes, in east Paris.

Below, the lake in spring.

Above, coot.

Above, Temple of Love.

Above, grotto below the Temple of Love.

Above, swans.

Below, the park in late fall.

Above, feeding the birds.

Above, group of geese.

Above, pavilion of Cameroon built for the Paris Colonial Exhibition in 1931. Nowadays, it is a Buddhist temple (Pagode du Bois de Vincennes).

Above, Temple of Love on Island of Reuilly.

Above, duck.

Below, the lake in late summer. The path was infested with runners so I didn’t stay long that time.

Hiran Minar

Hiran Minar (Minaret of Antelope) is a Mughal site in Sheikhupura, Pakistan, near Lahore. Hiran Minar itself is a tower constructed by Mughal Emperor Jahangir as a monument to one of his pet deer. It is set next to an artificial square lake with an observation pavilion in the middle.

Above, Hiran Minar.

Above, this provides access to water for royal animals and wild game.

Hike to Mont Charvin

For my last hike of the summer, I went to Mont Charvin, a mountain in the Aravis range located near Faverges. I followed this itinerary.

This mountain is not very easily accessible by bike so I went there by car with my father. After the parking, I started on the trail to the Refuge de l’Aulp de Marlens, a farm that also serves as restaurant and sells cheese. Instead of going directly to the summit of Mont Charvin, I then continued by taking the trail to Col des Porthets then to the Lac du Mont Charvin. From there, I first reached the Pas de l’Ours then took the Arête du Lac (Lake Ridge) to the summit: There were a few passages where hands were needed but it was not very difficult. After a while, I reached the summit. Unfortunately, it had started to be very cloudy so the view was not that great. Normally, it is possible to see all the Bauges Massif and the Mont Blanc. I then went down to the Refuge and continued to the parking, before going back to Annecy.

Hike to Mont Charvin

La Tournette in the morning @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, La Tournette.

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, on the trail to the Refuge de l’Aulp de Marlens.

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Mont Charvin in the morning @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, Mont Charvin.

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Chalet de l'Aulp de Marlens @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, Refuge de l’Aulp de Marlens.

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, on the path to Col des Porthets.

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, Pointe de la Sambuy and Pointe de l’Arcalod.

Hike to Mont Charvin

Sheep @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Col des Porthets @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Col des Porthets @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Col des Porthets @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, at Col des Porthets, looking at the other side.

Col des Porthets @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Col des Porthets @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, on the path to the lake.

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Lac du Mont Charvin @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, Lac du Mont Charvin.

Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, Mont Charvin.

Lac du Mont Charvin @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Lac du Mont Charvin @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, Arête du Lac.

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, on the path to Pas de l’Ours.

Pas de l'Ours @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, looking down at the Pas de l’Ours.

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, summit of Mont Charvin.

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Lac du Mont Charvin @ Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, at the summit.

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, Pas de l’Ours.

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, Mont Blanc.

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, Ugine.

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, fog on the way down.

Sheep in the fog @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Dog @ Chalet de l'Aulp de Marlens @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Chalet de l'Aulp de Marlens @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Chalet de l'Aulp de Marlens @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, Refuge de l’Aulp de Marlens.

Chalet de l'Aulp de Marlens @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Chalet des Fontanelles @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Goats @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Goats @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, goats on the way to Thônes.

Goats @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Goats @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Les Dents de Lanfon

The Dents de Lanfon (Teeth of Lanfon) are a mountain in the Bornes Massif bordering Lake Annecy. There is a great view at the summit but the trail is quite difficult. I followed this itinerary.

Starting in Annecy-le-Vieux, I took my bike in the direction of Thônes, passing east of Mont Veyrier. I then turned at the road leading to Menthon-Saint-Bernard and went up to the hamlet of Villard-Dessus in the village of Alex. I parked my bike then followed the forest road to the Chalet and pastures of l’Aulp Riant Dessous. At the Chalet, I left the road (which continues towards the Lanfonnet) and started to walk in the direction of the Dents de Lanfon. The trail gets around the Dents on the north side then goes up: That part was very steep with unstable rocks. I arrived at a place near the north Dent with a view on the lake. I then took the path on the way to the middle Dent: There were a few passages where hands were needed. Finally, I arrived at the summit some time after. Unfortunately, there was a lot of fog so the view was limited. I took the same path on the way back. I then went back to Annecy by completing the loop around Mont Veyrier, going past the castle of Menthon-Saint-Bernard then following the road along the lake.

Above, Dents de Lanfon from Villard-Dessus.

Above, Dents de Lanfon covered by clouds.

Above, Pointe de Talamarche.

Above, Chalet de l’Aulp Riant-Dessous, with the Dents de Lanfon in the background.

Above, towards the Lanfonnet.

Above, Col des Frêtes.

Above, looking north, the path can be seen.

Above, on the way up.

Above, view of the North Dent. It is accessible but I didn’t go.

Above, Looking towards the middle Dent.

Above, the path to the summit at the middle Dent.

Above, limestone plateau near the summit.

Above, summit of the Dents de Lanfon.

Above, view of the lake from the middle Dent.

Above, south Dent.

Above, Roc de Chère.

Above, on the way down.

Above, pastures of Aulp Riant-Dessous.

Above, back at the Chalet.

Above, cows in Villard-Dessus.

Above, Dents de Lanfon seen from the road to Menthon-Saint-Bernard.

Above, castle of Menthon-Saint-Bernard, with Montagne d’Entrevernes in the background.

Above, Lake Annecy and Semnoz.

Above, promenade near the lake in Annecy-le-Vieux.

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

Above, Mont Veyrier and Mont Baron seen from the beach of Albigny.