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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

Grenoble


23rd of June 2007
Ascending and descending passages​


We started our day passing from Schwarsee, Switzerland’s famous black lake. It owes its name to the dark color of its waters, caused by the great depth and also by the “suffocating”, for the sunrays, conditions, created by the high peaks of the mountains surrounding it. We arrived under rain and fog and the waters felt to us even darker…Afterwards, we passed by Lac Gruyere and we saw right ahead the homonymous medieval village Gruyeres, with its famous castle, situated up the hill and overlooking the whole place, while we were ascending with cold, rainy and foggy weather towards Jaunpass (altitude 1509mt).

After crossing the valley of Saanen we arrived at the Alpine village Gstaad, one of the most well known winter resorts of Europe, which attracts a lot of rich and famous “jet setters”. It was freezing to the bone but the sun was extremely bright.
Jet setters of the world you may be jealous of us. We can allow you, at least, this much…



Our next destination was Col du Pillon (altitude 1546mt) and an absolutely beautiful dragon lake, at which we witnessed a surviving course, given by a mother duck to its babies. We counted quite a few little ones, around fifteen, actually, and we realized that there were two mothers, after all.


From col to col

We arrived at Col de la Croix too (altitude 2067mt). We took the road back, towards Chamonix, passing by the St Maurice Abbey and then we had a stop at the Swiss village Le Chatelard, which is situated at the borders with France. We had been here before, in 2005, when we had travelled by train. This time we crossed the French borders and stopped at Argentiere, under the shadow of Mont Blanc, where we admired the glacier, which is literally hanging above the village.

We arrived at Chamonix, the most famous skiing centre of France and one of the oldest too. It is only within a breath’s distance from Geneva and its “rival”, Gstaad.
Chamonix has cosmopolitan atmosphere and the Alpine mountains offer countless possibilities for skiing.
We managed to see the glacier and Mont Blanc’s peak too, since the weather had improved.



 

ΤAfter having enjoyed our picnic, which had French color, we continued our panoramic course through French Alps, stopping only for photos and video shootings at Les Contamines-Montjoie and at St Gervais les Bains, before arriving at Megeve one more alpine resort, sank, literally, into flowers. It still keeps its idyllic character inalterable, regardless of the tourist crowds that are overwhelming it.
Our next stop was at Cite Medievale de Conflans, at  Albertville.  

«Do we have a talisman for discovering extraordinary events? Some kind of… “clasp of the bat”?»

I begin to wonder, really…

We “fell” on the routes of the… cycling Tour de France!!!

ΤThe village was of amazing beauty and we didn’t really want to leave. After having walked at all its little roads, we continued our journey towards Grenoble, where we would spend the night at.

We walked at the old city, built under the castle of Bastille, which is also accessible by funicular. We found a beautiful bistro next to Notre Dame, where we enjoyed some beers and emptied our minds of everything. That was a necessary “clean up”, since the “hard disc” was full and our “memory full’ motto was timelier than ever…

Afterwards, we returned to our hotel, Hotel Citadines City Centre Grenoble, where we slept, so as to rest.


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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