2008 - France, Switserland, Italy

France, Italy, Switserland

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vacation 2008 - album 15

Interlaken, Oberer Grindelwald gletscher, Schreckhorn, Wetterhorn, Stechelberg, Spiez, Thun

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    vacation 2008 - album 14

    Davos - Brienz - Oberalppass - Furkapass and Rhône gletscher - Grimsellpass

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    vacation 2008 - album 13

    from Davos via Julierpass to St. Moritz - Berninapass - Albulapass and back to Davos

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    vacation 2008 - album 12

    Ciao Italia! From Corvara via Passo di Gardena, Passo di Sella, Merano, Sta Maria and Passo dal Fuorn (Ofenpass) to Davos, Switserland

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    vacation 2008 - album 11
    Sep 14, 2008

    The day started very well with cool blue skies but weather changed very fast into really bad! One side of the road we had blue skies and the other dark grey! It was pretty though...
    Loads of water coming down and severe mist....
    We went back to the hotel , rest a bit and had diner and a relaxed evening.
    Same weather expected for the next day so we decided to go to Bolzano .There was not much to see or do except visiting the church and look at other tourists trying to escape from the showers and the mist.The town can do with some restoration ...everything looks like it has not been painted or polished in years....We had a really awful lunch, it was hardly edible. You can taste (and smell...)the Austrian influence in the food here...not my cup of tea! This was the only day we did not really enjoy to the fullest!

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    vacation 2008 - album 10

    Touring in the Dolomiti to get a first impression...
    Dry and sunny weather to start with, later some mist and bit of rain.
    We drove the Passo di Falzarego (el. 2105 m.) , a high mountain pass in the province of Belluno and a few other small passes.
    We finished the tour at the Lago di Landro which is located on the two-lane highway linking Dobbiaco and Cortina D'Ampezzo .

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    vacation 2008 - album 9

    driving from Lucca, Tuscany to Corvara, Val Gardena in the Dolomiti.
    We stayed at the Arkadia hotel, nice spacious suite and 2 bathrooms, fabulous views from our balcony....really comfy place to stay!

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    vacation 2008 - album 8

    Florence...at last! again a very very hot day. It is not a secret that Florence is really busy...too many people really but still a wonderful place to enjoy architecture and art.
    On the way back to Lucca we visited the world famous Carrara marble quarries in Colonnata.
    Not only are the Apuan Alps a region of unique and incomparable beauty – they also contain immense deposits of marble. The most famed and prized of these marbles are to be found in three principal gullies or canali: Torano, Miseglia, and Colonnata.
    Experts estimate the total excavable marble field of Carrara to have a surface area of 67 km2 and a volume of 60,000 million cubic metres.

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    vacation 2008 - album 7

    Today we drove from Lucca to Pisa.
    As we expected it was mainly the Piazza del Duomo ("Cathedral Square") also known as Piazza dei Miracoli ("Square of Miracles") that was worth visiting.
    The square was declared Unesco World Heritage Site in 1987 and I thought it was breathtakingly beautiful...and hot also! :)
    We decided against walking miles to see the very few other (less) interesting sites in Pisa but decided to have a short drive in the airconditioned car instead and have a really fantastic lunch in the harbour of Livorno ...at a price but it was worth every cent!
    The Italians know their produce and what to do with it....:)

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    vacation 2008 - album 6

    Driving from Lucca to the beautiful city of Sienna.

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    vacation 2008 - album 5

    Driving to Lucca, Tuscany via Cinque Terre , Levanto and La Spezia.
    Lucca was home base for 6 days from where we went to Florence, Pisa and Sienna (pics of these towns in next albums)
    Last 4 pictures are from our guesthouse, La Magnolia.

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    vacation 2008 - album 4

    Val Péline - Courmayeur - Val Ferret (Mont Blanc massive seen from the Italian side) - Val Vény

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    vacation 2008 - album 3

    Aosta Valley, Italian alps

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    vacation 2008 - album 2

    Switserland - Italy
    In the morning we went to Val Ferret in the Aosta Valley. The Aosta Valley is an Alpine valley that with its side valleys includes the Italian slopes of Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn; its highest peak is the Mont Blanc.
    Later in the afternoon we drove the Gran San Bernardino pass to Italy. It is the most ancient pass through the Western Alps, with evidence of use as far back as the Bronze Age, surviving traces of the Roman road and more recently the path of Napoleon's army into Italy in 1800. A hospice for travellers was founded in 1049 and named after Saint Bernard of Menthon. The hospice later became famous for its St. Bernard dogs. The pass runs northeast-southwest through the Valais Alps at an elevation of 2,469 m (8,100 ft). From the north (Switzerland), the route to the pass follows the Dranse River valley above Martigny, then into the wild and desolate valley of the Dranse d'Entremont.

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    vacation 2008 - album 1

    France - Les Vosges
    The southern Vosges are popular with tourists, due in part to the Route du Vin which meanders through some lovely medieval villages. Colmar, capital of Alsation Wine and founded in the 9th century is lovely and can be overrun with tourists in peak season but we were lucky, it was not that crowded. Higher up the mountains is the Route des Cretes which runs to the highest peaks and is often inaccessible due to snow. It goes past vineyards, and ballons (the highest peaks are so-called because they are round and bald) than villages and the view from the top is breathtaking. The highest peak is the Grand Ballon standing at 1424m and it has amazing views right out to the Alps on a clear day, and the Schwartzwald (Black Forest), Rhine, Jura and Alsace plain nearer to hand.
    We stayed at the Auberge du Mehrbachel, an old fashioned hotel with a very good restaurant using the best local produce. I highly recommend the place .

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