Croix-Rousse Hill

La Croix-Rousse is the second major hill of the city of Lyon, as well as the name of a neighbourhood located on this hill. After crossing the Saône from the Fourvière area, I walked up the “montée de la Grande Côte”, a street that links the Place des Terreaux with the Croix-Rousse neighbourhood. I then went down towards the Rhône on the east side of the hill.

Above, city hall on Place des Terreaux.

Above, Montée de la Grande Côte.

Above, one of the numerous examples of street art on display in the area.

Above, the Roman Amphithéatre des Trois Gaules.

Above, Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière and Metallic Tower.

Above, Jardin de la Grande Côte.

Above, cow exhibition on Place de la Croix-Rousse, at the top of the hill.

Above, Esplanade du Gros Caillou.

Above, the Gros Caillou (Big Pebble).

Above, graffiti in rue Joséphine Soulary, on the way down to the Rhône.

Above, Rhône river.


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.

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.

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.