Hike to Roc de Chère & Baie de Talloires

As the first hike of spring 2018, I went back to the Roc de Chère on the eastern shore of Lake Annecy. I also visited the Baie de Talloires while I was in the area. Here is the trail that I followed (download KML):

The Roc de Chère is a short and easy trail, suitable for early spring since the low elevation means snow has cleared by then. I went to Menthon-Saint-Bernard by bike and parked near the Palace de Menthon. I reached the Belvèdère du Roc de Chère (viewpoint) after a while. Instead of returning directly, I took a trail down to Talloires. Once there, I walked along the shore of the lake in order to loop back to the trail I took earlier and followed it down to Menthon-Saint-Bernard.

Above, Lake Annecy seen from Plage d’Albigny in Annecy-le-Vieux.

Above, Chapeau de Napoléon between Mont Baron and Mont Baret.

Above, port of Veyrier-du-Lac, on the way to Menthon-Saint-Bernard.

Above, Mont Veyrier and Mont Baron.

Above, city beach of Veyrier-du-Lac.

Above, Semnoz on the other side.

Above, city beach of Menthon-Saint-Bernard.

Above, Mont Baret.

Above, Dents de Lanfon.

Above, dock on the promenade along the lake in Menthon.

Above, looking north.

Above, Palace de Menthon and Roc de Chère behind it.

Above, port of Menthon-Saint-Bernard.

Above, Castle of Menthon.

Above, tomb of Hippolyte Taine in the Roc de Chère.

Above, on the trail.

Above, Belvédère with many people.

Above, snow on the Bauges mountains.

Above, Château de Châteauvieux in Duingt, on the other side of lake.

Above, on the way down to Talloires.

Above, Baie de Talloires and Petit Lac.

Above, Taillefer and Montagne d’Entrevernes.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, Lanfonnet.

Above, in Talloires.

Above, Eglise Saint-Maurice.

Above, Ermitage de Saint-Germain.

Above, statue of Claude-Louis Berthollet, a native of Talloires.

Above, city beach of Talloires.

Above, Pointe de la Sambuy, Pointe de Vélan and Pointe d’Arcalod.

Above, Montagne du Charbon.

Above, at the Bay.

Above, Roc de Chère on the other side.

Above, Abbaye de Talloire, now a high-end hotel.

Above, narrow path to reach the trail back up.

Above, Rocher du Roux and Pointe de la Rochette.

Above, back in the forest.

Above, Grotte aux Oiseaux.

Above, golf course.

Above, back in Menthon-Saint-Bernard.

Above, Mont Veyrier and Mont Baron.

Above, Montagne d’Entrevernes.

Above, bike ride back to Annecy.

Above, Col de Leschaux and Mont Colombier.

Above, back at the Petit Port in Annecy-le-Vieux.

Above, sunset on Basilique de la Visitation.


Kobayashi-En Japanese Garden (Aix-les-Bains)

Kobayashi-en is a small Japanese garden located inside the Parc du Casino in Aix-les-Bains. It was designed in 1998 by Seiji Imanaka and Sadao Yasumoro.

Above, entrance of Parc du Casino, coming from the train station.

Above, the garden.

Above, toro lantern.

Above, the pebbles represent the Lac du Bourget nearby.

Above, some snow.

Above, in the Spring.

Terrasse Panoramique du Printemps Hausmann

Le Printemps is a French chain of upmarket department stores, similar to Les Galeries Lafayette. Just like Les Galeries, its flagship store is on Boulevard Hausmann, near Opéra Garnier. The 9th floor of the building has a panoramic rooftop terrace with a good view of Paris.

Above, view to the south, with Tour Montparnasse, Eglise de la Madeleine and the Eiffel Tower.

Above, Le Printemps from below. The terrace is at the top of that building.

Above, Opéra Garnier.

Above, Tour Montparnasse.

Above, the terrace has a restaurant.

Above, towards La Madeleine.

Above, looking north towards Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre.

Above, dome of Eglise Saint-Augustin, with the skyscrapers of La Défense behind it.

Above, rue de Caumartin below.

Above, other Printemps building.

Above, inside the shop, on the way out.

Jardin des Colonnes

The Jardin des Colonnes is a park in Paris, located on Place de Séoul, near Montparnasse and the Eglise Notre-Dame du Travail. Its name comes from the surrounding housing development, designed by brutalist architect Ricardo Bofill, of Espaces d’Abraxas fame.

Above, the Columns.