Sauvabelin Tower & Park

The Tour de Sauvabelin (Sauvabelin Tower) is a 35m-high wood tower, located inside Parc de Sauvabelin in Lausanne. It offers a good view on Lausanne and the surrounding area, such as Lake Geneva or the mountains. The park is also worth a stroll, with multiple forest paths, a lake and even a small zoo.

Above, observation platform at the top.

Above, Lake Geneva (Lac Léman).

Above, stadium.

Above, Jura.

Above, Parc de Sauvabelin.

Above, towers of the Lausanne Cathedral.

Above, stairs on the way down.

Above, lake in in the park.

Above, wooly pig in the small zoo near the lake.

Above, rabbits eating.

Above, passing by the Tower on the way out of the park.


Tower of the Lausanne Cathedral

The Cathédrale de Lausanne is a church in Lausanne, consecrated as Catholic in 1275, but which became protestant during the 16th century. The bell tower of the cathedral offers a great view on Lausanne and Lake Geneva. However, while it is free to enter the church, it costs Fr. 5 to visit the tower.

Above, pipe organ.

Above, tomb in the church.

Above, climbing the stairs to the top of the tower.

Above, view from the top of the tower.

Above, Cité (Old town) and Lake Geneva.

Above, Eglise Saint-François.

Above, Flon.

Above, Palais de Rumine.

Above, City Hall.

Above, Tour Bel Air.

Above, Château Saint-Maire and Parc de Sauvabelin behind it.

Above, Gymnase de la Cité.

Above, the lake.

Above, on the way down.

Above, bells.

Donjon des Seigneurs de Faverges

The Donjon des Seigneurs de Faverges (Keep of the Lords of Faverges) is a tower built in the 13th century and located inside the castle of Faverges. It is open to individuals during summer and offers a great view on the surrounding area.

I went there coming down the Pointe de la Sambuy, on the way back to Annecy.

Above, the observatory at the top of the keep.

Above, view from the top, looking towards La Tournette, hidden by Pointe de Chauriande and Crêt des Mouches.

Above, looking towards the Aravis range.

Above, castle.

Above, Pointe de la Sambuy.

Above, looking towards Col de Tamié.

Above, looking towards Lake Annecy.

Above, Mont Charvin.

Above, road to Col de Tamié.

Rooftop of Grande Arche de la Défense

La Grande Arche de la Défense is an office building in the business district of La Défense, west of Paris. After being closed for a few years, its rooftop was reopened to the public in 2017. It offers a good view of La Défense and the surrounding area.

Above, the Grand Arche from the ground.

Above, elevator shafts.

Above, entrance hall after getting out of the elevator.

Above, view of the skyscrapers of La Défense.

Above, Eiffel Tower.

Above, looking towards Arc de Triomphe.

Above, the glass panels are not directly at the edge of the platform.

Above, Parvis de la Défense.

Above, boardwalk to the other side of the Arche.

Above, Nanterre and the U Arena under construction.

Above, towers of bank Société Générale.

Above, the view is not quite 360˚.

Above, Areva tower.

Above, Bois de Boulogne.

Above, on the elevator on the way down.

Above, ticket booth.

Skyscrapers of Les Olympiades (Paris 13)

Les Olympiades is a district of residential towers located in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. Built from 1969 to 1974, the district consists of a dozen towers built along a large esplanade. A shopping mall, the Pagode, stands at the centre of the esplanade.

Above, looking back at Centre Pierre-Mendès-France (part of Panthéon-Sorbonne university).

Above, the esplanade.

Above, offices of AREP Group, south of Les Olympiades.

Above, more skyscrapers on Boulevard Masséna.