Spring 2022: France

Finally, we can go on holiday without any worries. It is May 2022 and almost all Corona measures have been abolished in France. We decide to start in the Jura and book a hotel in a small town called Ornans. Just big enough for a few hotels and restaurants and a nice base to visit the many waterfalls in the region. The sun is shining and first we visit one of the most popular waterfalls in France near Viller le Lac, Saut du Doubs. Via a free parking you descend steeply and only have to walk a short distance to two different viewpoints. We have no regrets. The River Doubs cascades down with tremendous force and the surroundings are beautiful. This is a waterfall in France that should be on everyone’s list.

After this, it will be difficult to surpass Saut du Doubs. Fortunately, the one week we spent in France had several highlights (and a few disappointments). Right at the next waterfall, we encounter both. The next waterfall, Cascade du Lancot near the convent of Note dame de Consolation, was a disappointment. There was hardly any water in the waterfall… But on the way to Cascade du Lancot there is another waterfall with a lot of water. A bit strange but the surroundings are really beautiful.

We visited quite a few waterfalls in the Jura in 3 days: Cascade de Syratus, Source de Lison (very beautiful), Cascades du Herisson (highly recommended), Chapeau de Gendarme, Cascade de Valbois, Cascade de la Billaude and Gorges de Langouette. Sometimes we had bad luck with diversions so that we could not reach a waterfall or that we had to make a detour of 40 kilometres.

After the Jura, something completely different, Lac d’Annecy with very beautiful waterfalls in the area. Unfortunately also with many fines, so keep to the speed!!!

I must say that Annecy is a very beautiful and nice town that we enjoyed a lot. In the morning and early afternoon we visited all kinds of waterfalls and in the afternoon we enjoyed the sun or strolled through the city.

Every day we went out looking for waterfalls. Around Lake Annecy, there are several beautiful waterfalls with Cascade d’Angon as the absolute must-see. It is difficult to explain why, but the river sort of descends into a narrow gorge. The last few hundred metres to the viewpoint are spectacular and particularly beautiful.

If you don’t mind an hour’s drive, a visit to Cirque de Sainte-Meme is a must. Also Cascade de Glandieu is a special waterfall, very special and therefore also very beautiful.

This was certainly a week with many beautiful waterfalls, too many to mention.