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.

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Parc aux animaux du Bois-de-la-Bâtie

The Parc aux animaux du Bois-de-la-Bâtie is a small zoo located in the Bois-de-la-Bâtie park, in Geneva. It has many animals common in farms or native from Switzerland. Entrance is free.

Above, pygmy goat.

Above, aviary.

Above, deer.

Above, alpine ibex (bouquetin).

Vallon du Fier

The Vallon du Fier is a large park and nature reserve in Annecy, located between the Fier and Viéran rivers. It has many paths suitable for walking or biking.

Below, the park in autumn.

Above, Fier river seen from the bridge to the hospital. The park is on the right.

Above, the path on the left goes to the Pont de Brogny. However, I haven’t visited that part yet.

Above, bridge from below.

Above, footbridge on the Fier.

Above, crossing the Viéran river at the exit of the park towards the Zone industrielle du Pont de Tasset.

Above, a bit further away, the jonction between the Thiou and Fier river, seen from the Pont de Tasset.

Below, in winter.

Above, Fier river.

Above, industrial zone next to the park.

Above, some ice.

Above, footbridge on the Fier.

Above, snow on the Salève in the background.

Above, angry little dog at the exit of the park towards the Parc des Sports d’Annecy.

Parc du Taillefer (Cran-Gévrier)

The Parc du Taillefer is a park in Cran-Gévrier (Annecy). Its elevated position offers a good view on Annecy and the surrounding mountains. The entrance is next to Lycée Charles Baudelaire, not far from the exit of Parcours Nature Fier et Erbe.

Above, Semnoz.

Above, picnic tables.

Above, Parmelan.

Above, Mont Veyrier and Lake Annecy.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, entrance.

Below, the park with snow.

Above, from below.

Above, Castle and Mont Veyrier.

Above, Basilique de la Visitation.

Above, Semnoz.

Walk in Grenoble

After getting down from La Bastille, I spent the rest of the afternoon walking around Grenoble. I then took the train back to Annecy.

Above, in Jardin de Ville.

Above, cable car station in the park.

Above, in the Old Town.

Above, tower of Collégiale Saint-André.

Above, tomb of Chevalier de Bayard inside the church.

Above, statue of Bayard outside the church.

Above, Palais du Parlement du Dauphiné.

Above, Mont Saint-Eynard and Isère river.

Above, fountain on Place Grenette.

Above, Eglise Notre Dame de l’Espérance.

Above, Place Victor Hugo.

Above, Lycée Champollion.

Above, Caserne de Bonne.

Above, Jardin Hoche.

Above, fountains at Esplanade Alain Le Ray.

Above, Jardin de la Caserne de Bonne.

Above, mural on Avenue de Vizille, which hosts a large market (Marché de l’Estacade) every morning.

Above, at the train station.

Above, Quartier Europole next to the train station.

Above, Grenoble Ecole de Management.

Above, waiting for the train back to Annecy.