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AERIAL VIEW photo of a paraglider, sixt-fer-a-cheval, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE parapente.

Paraglider soaring towards the vertiginous cliffs of the Cirque du Fer-à-Cheval. Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of a paraglider above a forest with autumnal colors, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE parapente.

Paraglider soaring above a forest with its striking automnal colors in the Giffre Valley. Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Saint-Jean d'Arves, Les Aiguilles d'Arves, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE.

With its outstanding verticality and distinctive shape, Aiguille Dibona is one of the many iconic peaks in the Alps. Its has an elevation of 3131 meters and its generous 400-meter-high big wall makes it a favorite site for big wall rock climbers. The peak is named after Angelo Dibona, an Italian mountaineer who first climbed it in 1913. Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans, Écrins Massif, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Albiez-Montrond, Mont Falcon, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE.

The Aiguilles d’Arves with 3514-meter-high Aiguille Méridionale (left) and 3513-meter-high Aiguille Centrale (right). Valloire, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Albiez-Montrond, Mont Falcon, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE.

The Mount Falcon is a 2625-meter-high summit in the Arves Massif, left in the distance are the three Aiguilles d'Arves. Albiez-Montrond, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of an above tree line landscape, Saint-Jean d'Arves, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE.

A striking feature of Mount Falcon is its east facing slope where erosion has created a visually interesting series of parallel ravines. Albiez-Montrond, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of the Synchrotron in Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE.

Visually reminiscent of a crater field of War World I, these craters have a geological origin. They are found in scattered places in the Alps where the rock is gypsiferous. They are sinkholes formed by the collapse of an underground chamber and / or the chemical dissolution of the gypsiferous rock. This field is approximately 750 meters in length and some sinkholes can reach a diameter of up to 30 meters. Les Gyspsières (elevation: 2300 to 2400m amsl), Valloire, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Saint-Sorlin d'Arves, Les Grandes Rousses Massif, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE.

The Grandes Rousses Massif viewed from the northeast. Its highest summit is Pic Bayle with an elevation of 3465 meters. Isère and Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of an above tree line landscape, Saint-Jean d'Arves, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE.

Alpine Tundra east of Les Grandes Rousses Massif. Saint-Jean d'Arves. Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Saint-Sorlin d'Arves, Les Grandes Rousses Massif, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE.

The Tours Saint-Jacques are a geologic curiosity in the Bauges Massif. These limestone monoliths were detached by sliding from the main limestone cliffs of Fontanil located above. Allèves, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Mont Aiguille, Vercors Mountain, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE, Montagne du Vercors.

Once part of the Vercors Plateau, the relentless forces of erosion have separated and isolated this lofty limestone butte. The 2087-meter-high butte lies within the Vercors Regional Natural Park. Northeasten face of Mont Aiguille, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Mont Aiguille, Vercors Mountain, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE, Montagne du Vercors.

This butte with its vertiginous big walls standing a good 1000 meters above the meadow was the site of the first recorded exploit in rock climbing. This historical first happened the same year Christopher Columbus discovered America (in 1492), quite a feat regarding the climbing gear of the time. Southeastern face of Mont Aiguille, Vercors Mountain, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of the Old Town of Annecy, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE, Vieille Ville Annecy.

The old town of Annecy stands on the banks of the Thiou River, an outlet of Lake Annecy. The picturesque and colorful medieval houses dominated by the imposing castle make the old town a prime destination for foreign visitors. Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Les Périades Needles, Chamonix Mont-Blanc, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE Aiguilles Les Périades.

The medieval castle of Annecy we see today was built between the 13th and 16th centuries. The oldest part of the castle, dating back to the 13th century is the Tour de la Reine (the square tower on the left). The city of Annecy purchased the historic monument in 1953, turning it into a museum with exhibitions related to the region. Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Duingt Castle, Lake Annecy, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE, Château de Duingt, Lac Annecy.

A medieval fortress has occupied this site for nearly a millennium, its architecture has changed over the centuries. The castle was built on an island turned into a peninsula; it was strategically located between Lake Annecy where it is the narrowest and the historic road connecting Geneva to Moûtiers. Château de Duingt, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Chamonix Needles, Mont-Blanc Massif, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE Aiguilles de Chamonix.

Château de Grignan, Drôme, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Mont-Blanc and Aiguille du Midi, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE.

Fort Marie-Christine, Aussois, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Mont-Blanc and Aiguille du Midi, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE.

Redoute Marie-Thérèse, Aussois, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Aiguille du Midi and Vallée Blanche, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE.

Fort Victor-Emmanuel, Aussois, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Aiguille Verte, Chamonix Mont-Blanc, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE.

Fort du Saint-Eynard, Le Sappey-en-Chartreuse, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

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