Pont de l’Abîme / Gorges du Chéran

Last autumn, I went on a car trip through the Bauges valley near Annecy, visiting points of interest along the way. The first stop was the Pont de l’Abîme (literally Abyss Bridge), a suspension bridge linking the villages of Cusy and Gruffy. It was built in 1887 to cross the gorge formed by the Chéran river, 96m below.

Above, Semnoz.

Above, crossing the bridge.

Above, Gorges du Chéran. There are trails to go down.

Above, Chéran river.

Above, Montagne de Bange.

Above, viewing platform.

Above, hotel / restaurant next to the bridge.

Above, Tours Saint-Jacques.

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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.

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.

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.