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// JUNE 2007
Up and down the passages…
Munich
Vaduz
Lucerne
Fribourg
Grenoble
Little Saint Bernard Pass
Leissigen
Leissigen
Zermatt
Andermatt
Chur
Innsbruck
Munich
Am see Haldensee
Feldkirch
Appenzell
Saint Gallen
Maienfeld
Walenstadt
Klausenpass
Murten
Saint-Ursanne
Payerne
Avenches
Jaunpass
Gstaad
Col du Pillon
Col de la Croix
Chamonix
Megève
Albertville
Pont-en-Royans
Col de Rousset
Die
Col du Lautaret
Modane
Bourg-Saint-Maurice
Aosta
Grand St. Bernard Pass
Bourg-Saint-Pierre
Verbier
Goppenstein
Kandersteg
Thun
Lauterbrunnen
Trümmelbach
Bern
Oberhofen
Lake Brienz
Susten Pass
Grimsel Pass
Ulrichen
Nufenen Pass
Saas Fee
Täsch
Täsch
Brig
Simplon Pass
Domodossola
Santa Maria Maggiore
Ascona
Locarno
Lavertezzo
Bellinzona
Gotthard Pass
Göschenen
Oberalp Pass
Splügen
Chiavenna
Maloja Pass
Julier Pass
Bernina Pass
Lago di Poschiavo
Tirano
Bormio
Bressanone
Brunico
Grossglockner
Fusch
Zell am See

Zermatt


27th of June 2007
Winter… in the heart of the summer!!!

We left the hotel which had hosted us for two continuous nights, under rain and fog. We moved in parallel with the shores of the lake Brienzersee, while enjoying the views of beautiful villages by the lake. The wads of fog that were covering the mountain peaks were creating an elusive picture of snow. That was winter scenery in the heart of summer. But, soon enough, we would discover that winter was, indeed, waiting for us at Sustenpass (altitude 2224mt), since it was snowing when we arrived and the temperature had dropped down to 1 degree of the Celsius climax.

What an irony, really!!! At the very same moment, Greece was suffering from a heat wave and the temperatures had climbed up to 46 degrees of the Celsius climax.

When my mother was complaining about the heat on the phone, I was telling her:

«Mother, I suggest you make a simple calculation. Add to the 46 degrees that you have over there the 1 degree that we have here and you will have a total of 47 degrees. Divide it then in two and you will have 23,5 degrees, a rather perfect temperature for your tastes! So, there is no need for nagging, I guess…»



Marmots…

After having reached Andermatt, where we secured a hotel for our next day’s night stop, we passed by the village Hospental, while ascending towards Furkapass (altitude 2.436mt), within an absolutely magnificent landscape.

We were lucky enough to see marmots, the characteristic little animals of the area, rolling down the mountain slopes, while we were admiring the panorama of the surroundings. 
Descending, through the passage which would lead us to Gletsch, we saw the Rhone Glacier, the spring of the River Rhone. We continued seeing it, while ascending towards Grimselpass (altitude 2.165mt), at which we arrived under thick fog and penetrating cold.

We descended, again, to Gletsch, where the roads that lead to the passages Furkapass and Grimselpass join each other.

We continued towards Ulrichen with its fairy tale wooden houses. From that point, our climbing towards Nufenen Pass (altitude 2.478mt) would start. That was where we found plenty of fresh snow and a beautiful lake too. We didn’t continue towards Airolo, since we had already visited it. We made a u-turn instead and started descending towards Brig. When we arrived there, we walked at the paved little roads of its old town and we admired some beautiful spots of the place, along with its castle.

 


The mountain of the mountains!!!

Our next stop was Saas Fee, with its wooden “dollhouses”, which reminded us of the Spanish horreos. The central pedestrians’ road was lovely and quiet, but we could feel the cold right to the bone.

We left the car at Tasch and took the rack railway towards Zermatt. When we arrived there, we crossed the bridge of the river and went to our hotel, the Hotel Perren

While the day was coming to its end and the temperature was around 12 degrees of the Celsius climax, we went for a promenade to the village, searching for wine. We wanted to take advantage of what our lovely room was offering, so, we ended up enjoying privately the views of Matterhorn, under the light of the sun that was setting, while drinking our wine.

After many photos and many efforts for the perfect capture…having in mind all the things we had read about the famous mountain peak…we fell asleep.

 


Matterhorn! A magic, mystical picture!

Everybody is captivated by its allurement. This is applicable for locals and visitors too.
It is a triangle, rocky edge, some kind of “tooth”, really, which skyrockets towards the sky and stands alone into the horizon. It is a pole of attraction for hikers. It is an aesthetic emblem. It is the mountain with the perfect analogies.
A resilient rock, bathed with magic light, into a sea of playful colors of all shades, covered by a veil of clouds.

I wonder if you can ever get enough of its magnificent view.

It is impossible, I guess!     

Country: Germany
Date: 2007
Route: Alps
Cities: Munich, Vaduz, Lucerne, Fribourg, Grenoble, Little Saint Bernard Pass, Leissigen, Leissigen, Zermatt, Andermatt, Chur, Innsbruck, Munich
Duration: 12
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Population: 80.682.000
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Country: Germany
Date: 2007
Route: Alps
Cities: Munich, Vaduz, Lucerne, Fribourg, Grenoble, Little Saint Bernard Pass, Leissigen, Leissigen, Zermatt, Andermatt, Chur, Innsbruck, Munich
Duration: 12
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Population: 80.682.000
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Country: Germany
Date: 2007
Route: Alps
Cities: Munich, Vaduz, Lucerne, Fribourg, Grenoble, Little Saint Bernard Pass, Leissigen, Leissigen, Zermatt, Andermatt, Chur, Innsbruck, Munich
Duration: 12 days
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Population: 80.682.000
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