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Old 02-08-2013, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Near Tours, France about 47°10'N 0°25'E
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Here is some of the best photos I found for French Alps that can compare well to the Swiss and Austrian Alps:
I know in the US people seem to think of Switzerland and Austria when thinking of Alps, but the Switzerland/austrian part in the north of the Alpine chain is not necessary higher or more spectacular than the French or Italian parts in the south. Actually the higest part of Alpine chain is precisely the western Alps at the french/Italian/swiss border (around Mont Blanc), and not the north/eastern Chain around Austria.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...th_borders.jpg

I personnally know better the french southern Alps, in the Provence-Alpes-cote d'Azur region. They are a bit lower than the Savoie region, but still are many impressive massifs, such as the "massif des Ecrins" (between Provence and Rhone-Alpes) or "massif du Mercantour" (region of Nice)

Ecrins:
http://s.camptocamp.org/uploads/imag...1599585221.jpg
http://www.survoldefrance.fr/photos/highdef/0/800.jpg
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_itdYwT2ze...0/DSC_0827.JPG

Mercantour (national park famous for its wildness; wolfes, eagles, etc.)
http://www.cg04.fr/fileadmin/user_up...mercantour.jpg
http://tableaux-provence.com/blog/wp...28-06-2005.jpg
The Vallée de Merveilles in Mercantour is famous for its neolithic sculptures
http://www.prehistoirepassion.com/or...rveilles-8.jpg
http://nosrando.files.wordpress.com/...merveilles.jpg

In winter there are nice views of the Mercantour seen from the mediterranean coast.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...a_montagne.JPG
http://andypink.files.wordpress.com/...mercantour.jpg


There are also lots of authentic old medieval towns in southern Alps and their foothills, maybe less "artificial" than resort places like Chamonix in Savoie in my opinion.
http://photos.creafrance.org/pois/58...ende_tende.jpg
http://www.grandmechantbouf.com/Entrevaux.jpg
http://www.iter.org/media/www/sites/....jpg._1024.jpg
http://a137.idata.over-blog.com/0/59...n/P1170281.JPG
http://www.journaldutrek.com/upload/...-jours-816.jpg
http://www.castellane.org/ressources...s/stvictor.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...e_generale.jpg
http://photos.creafrance.org/petites..._la-brigue.jpg
http://www.boisvivant.com/ftp/photog...4316090_29.jpg


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Chamonix is intriguing, even if smaller than Lyon and Grenoble:
believe us, Chamonix as a town is nothing extraordinary. There are dozens of bigger and more beautiful towns in the Alps. If Chamonix is a must, it is not for the town but for the sourroundings Mont-Blanc which is the Alps higher mount.
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:55 PM
 
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believe us, Chamonix as a town is nothing extraordinary. There are dozens of bigger and more beautiful towns in the Alps. If Chamonix is a must, it is not for the town but for the sourroundings Mont-Blanc which is the Alps higher mount.
What do you think are the nicest mountain towns in the French Alps? Here in Quebec, all we ever hear about are ski resorts (Courchevel etc).
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Near Tours, France about 47°10'N 0°25'E
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What do you think are the nicest mountain towns in the French Alps? Here in Quebec, all we ever hear about are ski resorts (Courchevel etc).
In the Alpine areas you have two different types of towns: the resorts, many of them being recent creations of former little villages expended with hotel zones and all facilites for skiing and other winter sports (or summer). Some of them are more "mass tourism" such as Tignes, La Plagne, etc. Other such as Megève are more "chic". Most of these resorts are in altitude, in the areas where snow is present to allow skiing.

Then, there are the towns and cities, wich are usually situated in Valleys, in less much high altitudes, farther from the crest, where the higest peaks are. You might probably do not feel those cities as as much "Alpine" as the resorts or high altitude villges, because the climate is usually much milder, and as such the architecture does not always feature what many people think as "alpine" (such as the typical wood chalets, etc.). This is especially true for the southern Alps, which does not really fit into the high-altitude stereotypical "Swiss" Alpine ambiance. North Americans have to know that most of the Valleys in the Alps are usally snowless, because too warm, especially in the southern and Western Alps. In Austria, the plains have colder climates, and as such as usually more snowiny than French or Italian valleys. The Alps I know better are Provence Alpes, the Valley towns there might have a mountain ambiance, but definitly doesn't look like you can found in the northern Alps. I must say I found this part of the Alps more authentic than the too much ski and resort-oriented Alps of Savoie.

In the french Alps the major cities are Grenoble, Annecy and Chambery in Savoie, but once again this is not really the high-Alpine ambiance since they lie in the very begining of the prealps, in relatively low valleys and the surroundings mountains are not really very high. I find Annecy to be particulary charming (the old town), with the lake. I don't know much Chambery or Grenoble.
http://culturedchaos.files.wordpress...02/annecy4.jpg

In the southern Alps there are lots of villages and towns, such as sisteron, Digne, Castellane, Gap, Briançon, Barcelonette, Tende, etc. But many of them are pre-alps valley towns at the gate of the range, often with the typical provençal ambiance, that not many people associate with Alps (for some strange reason since Provence is actually much more Alpine than Bavaria, but many people still associate Alps only with a "Austrian/Swiss/Bavarian" ambiance and completly forget that many parts of the Alps are mediterranean.
http://www.fond-ecran-image.fr/galer...sisteron-1.jpg
http://www.net-provence.com/villes/d...-les-bains.jpg
http://www.briancon-vauban.com/ivauban/briancon.jpg
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:55 AM
 
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I know in the US people seem to think of Switzerland and Austria when thinking of Alps, but the Switzerland/austrian part in the north of the Alpine chain is not necessary higher or more spectacular than the French or Italian parts in the south. Actually the higest part of Alpine chain is precisely the western Alps at the french/Italian/swiss border (around Mont Blanc), and not the north/eastern Chain around Austria.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...th_borders.jpg

I personnally know better the french southern Alps, in the Provence-Alpes-cote d'Azur region. They are a bit lower than the Savoie region, but still are many impressive massifs, such as the "massif des Ecrins" (between Provence and Rhone-Alpes) or "massif du Mercantour" (region of Nice)

Ecrins:
http://s.camptocamp.org/uploads/imag...1599585221.jpg
http://www.survoldefrance.fr/photos/highdef/0/800.jpg
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_itdYwT2ze...0/DSC_0827.JPG

Mercantour (national park famous for its wildness; wolfes, eagles, etc.)
http://www.cg04.fr/fileadmin/user_up...mercantour.jpg
http://tableaux-provence.com/blog/wp...28-06-2005.jpg
The Vallée de Merveilles in Mercantour is famous for its neolithic sculptures
http://www.prehistoirepassion.com/or...rveilles-8.jpg
http://nosrando.files.wordpress.com/...merveilles.jpg

In winter there are nice views of the Mercantour seen from the mediterranean coast.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...a_montagne.JPG
http://andypink.files.wordpress.com/...mercantour.jpg


There are also lots of authentic old medieval towns in southern Alps and their foothills, maybe less "artificial" than resort places like Chamonix in Savoie in my opinion.
http://photos.creafrance.org/pois/58...ende_tende.jpg
http://www.grandmechantbouf.com/Entrevaux.jpg
http://www.iter.org/media/www/sites/....jpg._1024.jpg
http://a137.idata.over-blog.com/0/59...n/P1170281.JPG
http://www.journaldutrek.com/upload/...-jours-816.jpg
http://www.castellane.org/ressources...s/stvictor.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...e_generale.jpg
http://photos.creafrance.org/petites..._la-brigue.jpg
http://www.boisvivant.com/ftp/photog...4316090_29.jpg

believe us, Chamonix as a town is nothing extraordinary. There are dozens of bigger and more beautiful towns in the Alps. If Chamonix is a must, it is not for the town but for the sourroundings Mont-Blanc which is the Alps higher mount.
Yeah, some people seem to forget or not realize that France has plenty of very impressive, magnificent, dramatic mountainous scenery with high elevation. However, at the same time an equal amount of people from other countries already know about the nature scenery in France. That is true for the French Alps in Rhone-Alpes, and Provence Cote d’ Azur regions, and also for the Pyrenees mountains. Even Corsica and Reunion have some noticeable mountainous scenery.

The photos you have up are also visually pleasant and exciting. The Rhone-Alpes region is very photogenic with a lot of good photography possibilities.

What are more of your opinions for the city of Lyon, Grenoble and the photos I had up for Lyon, Grenoble, and French Alps?

This topic is also about the cities/towns in Rhone-Alpes, the cultural entertainment options, and if the cities, well at least Lyon, have some of what Paris has, so not only the mountainous scenery.
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:09 PM
 
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In the french Alps the major cities are Grenoble, Annecy and Chambery in Savoie, but once again this is not really the high-Alpine ambiance since they lie in the very begining of the prealps, in relatively low valleys and the surroundings mountains are not really very high. I find Annecy to be particulary charming (the old town), with the lake. I don't know much Chambery or Grenoble.
http://culturedchaos.files.wordpress...02/annecy4.jpg

In the southern Alps there are lots of villages and towns, such as sisteron, Digne, Castellane, Gap, Briançon, Barcelonette, Tende, etc. But many of them are pre-alps valley towns at the gate of the range, often with the typical provençal ambiance, that not many people associate with Alps (for some strange reason since Provence is actually much more Alpine than Bavaria, but many people still associate Alps only with a "Austrian/Swiss/Bavarian" ambiance and completly forget that many parts of the Alps are mediterranean.
http://www.fond-ecran-image.fr/galer...sisteron-1.jpg
http://www.net-provence.com/villes/d...-les-bains.jpg
http://www.briancon-vauban.com/ivauban/briancon.jpg
Thanks, somehow the Sisteron link doesn't work for me but Annecy looks beautiful.
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:35 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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Just discovered this thread and will go through all the links in it. I'm not familiar with this area of France as I've only been to Paris and Reims. I am going to this region in 10 days for a week-long visit to friends who live just outside of Montelimar.

The pic of Annecy is stunning!!
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:57 PM
 
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Just discovered this thread and will go through all the links in it. I'm not familiar with this area of France as I've only been to Paris and Reims. I am going to this region in 10 days for a week-long visit to friends who live just outside of Montelimar.
Hopefully your trip to Rhone-Alpes region of France recently went very well and was a pleasant fun adventure. This topic has a wealth of information and knowledge for this region of France.

You could tell us how your recent experience was for this area of France.

For a long time, I had no idea this region existed, so that was an impressive, intriguing discovery to get to know a lot more. I now have an even amount of preference for Ile-de-France Paris, Provence Cote d’ Azur, and Rhone-Alpes.
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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Hopefully your trip to Rhone-Alpes region of France recently went very well and was a pleasant fun adventure. This topic has a wealth of information and knowledge for this region of France.

You could tell us how your recent experience was for this area of France.

For a long time, I had no idea this region existed, so that was an impressive, intriguing discovery to get to know a lot more. I now have an even amount of preference for Ile-de-France Paris, Provence Cote d’ Azur, and Rhone-Alpes.
Loved it even though it was unusually cold, especially when the wind blew. Did a travelogue on my blog as well as photo albums.

solasachanalba: A week in France

Collection: France - Feb 2013
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Near Tours, France about 47°10'N 0°25'E
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Loved it even though it was unusually cold, especially when the wind blew. Did a travelogue on my blog as well as photo albums.

solasachanalba: A week in France

Collection: France - Feb 2013
The wind is the mistral. It is a cold and dry wind tipical of the Rhone Valley in winter (sometimes in summer also)

Did you had time to go the moutains?
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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The wind is the mistral. It is a cold and dry wind tipical of the Rhone Valley in winter (sometimes in summer also)

Did you had time to go the moutains?
Not really. We stuck mainly to the Drome area. We could see all the beautiful mountains though. We want to go back and spend more time, possibly renting a house for a month. Need to work on my French first though.
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