Does it never stops to rain in France? haha
Is this summer? Wearing waterproof coats every single day? Oh mine…. 🙂
The rain didn’t stop us. We picked up our car at the parking garage (47 Euros for 4 days after the discount given by the hotel, otherwise it would have been 60 Euros!).
We drove to Lovagny where Gorges du Fier is located. The road was fine , even with rain.
There’s an office building selling tickets. The office is VERY modest. There is also a tiny store selling postcards and a jurassic, old, ancient and ugly toilet without paper or soap.
Ok… there was soap: a piece of bar soap hanging from a chain!!! How about gel soap or liquid soap? Have they ever heard about that??? I guess the answer is no!
My husband told me that the men’s bathroom was also awful.
The entrance cost 5 Euros each and well…. the Gorges are BEAUTIFUL !!!
They are kept very “natural”. We walked on a platform watching the river flowing almost 70 meters below with impressive stone formations.
When it rains hard the water level can go many meters up. There is a post sign showing the maximum amounts over the years.
The gorges are very impressive. We enjoyed our visit a lot! Gorges du Fier is narrower than Johnston Canyon (in Canada) and look more “natural”. I can’t tell which one I find prettier!
The Thiou river that we see in Annecy flows to Fier river and this one flows to the Rheine. After flowing through the gorges the Fier river transforms in a calm-waters river.
After the walking platforms there is a trail and we walked till the end of it. We were lucky with the weather: As it was raining in the morning, there were few people at the Gorges, but as the weather improved we saw many people getting there by the time we were leaving. I can’t imagine walking on the narrow platforms with dozens of people around us!
After visiting Le Gorges du Fier we went to have lunch in a nice restaurant located at Annecy Lake. It’s a Michelin’s one star restaurant and we loved the food there!
Michelin knows about restaurants…. although rated “only one star” this place is absolutely GREAT!
After lunch we visited the Natural Reserve of “Bout du Lac” . It is located at the bottom part of Annecy Lake (directly opposite to Annecy when you look on Annecy’s lake map).
It is a Natural Reserve but we didn’t find it “special” .
It was good to finish dinner and see the weather getting better! Some guys were already paragliding!
Natural Reserve of “Bout du Lac”. Why we don’t think it is a “must”
Animals: There are almost no birds. When we walk along Theodore Roosevelt Island in Washington D.C. or around George Washington Memorial Pkwy we can hear dozens of birds. On this natural reserve there were none.
The last time we visited Theodore Roosevelt Island we spot a deer. At Bout du Lac we didn’t see any wild life.
Vegetation: We are used to see “real vegetation” in American and Canadian parks. While visiting Bout du Lac we saw only bushes. in fact the bushes were in need of some cut as they were invading the boardwalk in some places.
The good things there are the views. The views are really awesome!
It was an excellent day, specially because we were able to do a lot of things despite the morning rain!
We returned to our hotel in Annecy invigorated after such an amazing day!
If you want to see more pictures we took while visiting Gorges du Fier please click here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/34351159@N00/sets/72157627264412812/
If you want to see more pictures of Bout du Lac d’Annecy please click here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/34351159@N00/sets/72157627264555958/