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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

Chur


29th of June 2007
Attacked by hungry flies…

After our breakfast, we started the journey towards Oberalppass (altitude 2.044mt) and then towards Passo de Lucomagno (altitude 1.916mt).
When we arrived the temperature was 11 degrees of the Celsius climax.
We saw the beautiful dragon lake of Lucomagno and then passed by Biasca, with direction towards Passo San Bernardino (altitude 2.066mt) and eventually towards Splugen.
We started ascending again towards another passage, Splugen Pass (altitude 2.115mt)
We crossed again the borders from Switzerland to Italy.



At some point, there, and when we got off the car, so as to admire the view and take the necessary photos, I shall have to denounce that I was attacked by hungry flies.

I am not sure about their nationality, since we were very near the borders.
But, in any case, this kind of attack raises certain question marks, as far as the high and mighty European prosperity, when even their flies seem to be suffering from starvation…

Unless, the Italian flies wanted to punish us for our obvious preference for Swiss destinations…

Regardless of the “hardships” we didn’t loose our courage and carried on…





A cameraman or a racing driver? One and the same!!!

At the depth of the canyon, we passed by Isola and at last we found Chiavenna and the famous historic monument of the town, the Saint Lorenzo Church. After having explored the old town, with its narrow little roads, the palazzos, the squares with the fountains, the towers and the historic churches, we enjoyed a coffee and a light meal at the central square of the beautiful medieval town.

On our way to Malojapass (altitude 1.815mt), at Swiss grounds, we crossed through a part of Bregaglia Valley. 
Meanwhile, influenced by the many narrow turns of the road, we were shooting videos in real menace, for quite a few days now, with the force of a rally driver “who ascends a difficult passage and takes smoothly the turns, one after the other, at full throttle”


At the “Roof of Europe”

We arrived at Julierpass (altitude 2.284mt) and started descending towards St. Moritz (we had visited the place before, in January 2005, by train), driving always at the Engadin Valley
This is a sunbathed valley at the area of the Swiss Alps, which follows the route of the River Inn and is famous for its mild climate, the beautiful landscapes and the outdoors activities that it offers.
Before arriving at St. Moritz, the oldest winter destination of Europe, we passed by the settlement, at the level of the lake. Then, we drove by the lake itself. We had seen it frozen, in February 2005, when it was used as a terrain for a polo match.

The 322 sunny days per year, in average, and the incomparable harmony of the landscape around the lake have made St. Moritz famous all around the world. The place claims the paternity of the idea for winter holidays and their philosophy too. And we are not talking for simple holidays, but for aristocratic ones, more over. Apart from its historic value, St. Moritz has been connected with luxury and the international jet set.

So, by definition, is the fantasy of every winter traveler!

The choice of the St Moritz’s tourist organization symbol is not at all accidental:
a dazzling, full of splendor sun…

After that little taste of glamour, we continued our journey towards Albula Pass (altitude 2.315mt), driving always at Engadin Valley.


The oldest town…

We arrived at Bergun, before ending up at Chur, the oldest town of Switzerland, which mesmerized us with its Alpine landscapes, its narrow little roads and its historic buildings. Numerous boutiques, restaurants, bars, museums and galleries, mainly at its pedestrianised old town centre, were creating an atmosphere of Mediterranean style.
We explored the town and its 800 years old Cathedral, situated nearby the Bishop’s residence and we enjoyed its beautiful squares and its cafes, before going to sleep at our hotel, the  Zunfthaus zur Rebleuten.



 

 

 


 

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
Cost:
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
Cost:
Population: 80.682.000
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