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.


Winter walk in Collex-Bossy & Ornex

Collex-Bossy and Ornex are two small towns located next to each other but on different sides of the France / Geneva border. Last Christmas, I went on a short walk in the area.

Above, an old border stone along the path.

Above, in Ornex (France).

Above, in Collex-Bossy (Switzerland).

Above, snow on the Jura moutains.

Above, grapevines.

Above, another stone.

Above, the tip of Mont Blanc in the distance.

Above, containers for the helium of the LHC.

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 along the Thiou river

The Thiou is a short river (3.5 km) that flows from Lake Annecy to the Fier, which is itself a tributary of the Rhône. Starting from the Old Town of Annecy, built in the middle of canals formed by the Thiou, there is a series of paths along the river that go all the way to Cran-Gévrier, slightly before it joins with the Fier.

Above, canal formed by the Thiou near Lake Annecy.

Above, Thiou river and Old Town, with a view of the old wash-house on Quai des Cordeliers.

Above, Ile Saint-Joseph.

Above, on Promenade Saint-Thérèse du Québec.

Above, on the Promenade du Thiou, in Cran-Gévrier.

Above, concrete bridges of the ring road.

Above, electric central, at Cercle de l’Eau.

Above, I made a detour to Jardin du 8 Mai 1945.

Above, bridge to the new development in Cran called “Les Passerelles”.

Above, Les Papeteries Image Factory, a startup incubator.

Above, Parmelan.

Above, Grande Passerelle du Thiou.

Below, the walk with snow, in late winter.

Above, Basilique de la Visitation.

Above, new boardwalks under construction (2017).

Above, on Promenade du Saint-Sépulcre.

Above, Eglise Saint-Jean.

Above, Pont Bleu.

Above, view from Pont de Gévrier.

Below, in summer.

Above, on Promenade Louis Lachenal.

Above, jonction of Thiou and Fier, from Pont de Tasset.