Thursday, August 27, 2009

Little Saint Bernard Pass & Lago Verney

Lago Verney from above

Lago Verney — It didn't seem right to visit the Great St. Bernard Pass without following up with the Little St. Bernard Pass (and there must be a joke in there somewhere) which was the destination we set off for on day #2. Just before the border between France and Italy, a natural body of water (pictured above) lent an ideal opportunity to set the dogs loose along a well-worn path that circles the entire shore of the lake. I was also particularly interested in taking some photos of alpine flora, namely, Eriophorum or Cottongrass, even if suspicious looks were shot in my direction by a small group of fishermen there. Either those boys were iLLitErAte or just plain sneaky, but clearly written signs state that fishing was not allowed. So not sorry that I invaded your illegal spot with the Canon. {laughing} In the summer months when the snow has melted, this area is a fine picnic spot for lovers of nature.

Eriophorum Eriofiori

Bed & Breakfast recommendation

La Vieille Cloche (the old bell) — my husband wrote a brief post with images [link] of which I'll also add that credit cards aren't accepted. The apartment "Dotto" (Doc in Snow White and the 7 Dwarves) is roomy enough for a family of 4 and comes equipped with stovetop and refrigerator. It also has a wood-burning fireplace to use in winter. I'm already looking forward to staying here early next year while there's still snow on the ground. Hot chocolate and panettone in front of a cozy fire...yeah!

Valle d'Aosta/Vallée d'Aoste

Regione Autonoma Valle d'Aosta - Tourism — a wealth of great information for the traveler. I especially made use of the site to learn about foods, traditions and events in the area. Written in italian, french, english, german and spanish.

Lago Verney

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Blogger K and S said...

loved that cottongrass shot, looks really like cotton! and shame on those fishermen!

2:56 PM, August 27, 2009  
Blogger KennyT said...

OMIGOD, now you're back from a paradise!

10:38 PM, August 27, 2009  
Blogger .kat. said...

Rowena-can I be the person that carries your luggage? Your "caddy", "pack mule" just so that I can see all the places you visit? :OD

12:03 AM, August 28, 2009  
Blogger Lori said...

All the photos are absolutely jaw-dropping, just beautiful! Such a gorgeous place!

1:34 AM, August 28, 2009  
Blogger Zhu said...

Nice shots!

I haven't seen this kind of scenery in a while and it looks very exotic to me.

5:08 AM, August 28, 2009  
Blogger Frizzy said...

You have such a gift with writing and with photography and with food. Is there anything you CAN'T do?

6:20 AM, August 28, 2009  
Blogger Rowena... said...

Kat - the looks coming from them was like how MrB gives me stink eye. Too bad I didn't have the zoom lens with me at the time. ^-^

KennyT - I want one of your homemade frozen pops!

.Kat - you should know that one of the prerequisites includes dog-sitting when we need to go places where dogs aren't allowed. If you feel that you can meet this requirement, the job is yours!

Lori, Zhu - it gets better, I swear.

Frizzy - I'm blushing at the compliment (grazie!) but I can't...uhm...{thinking}...ehhh..I can't hit a volley ball over the net. Arm's busted up (a little bit of carpal tunnel) from my past life as a baker and working hard clay soil in the garden.

8:45 AM, August 28, 2009  
Anonymous casalba said...

What a beautiful spot. The landscape is stunning.

9:49 AM, August 28, 2009  
Anonymous RONW said...

oh, the nice pictures.

10:32 AM, August 28, 2009  
Blogger Rowena... said...

Casalba - it should come as no surprise that we would like to move here. Being that close to the french border can only mean one thing - more great food!

RONW - I pride myself on my focusing abilities... o_O

12:07 PM, August 28, 2009  
Blogger Brad Farless said...

I took a look at YotH's post, and I was thinking about the differences in lodging. The place we stayed in Phuket was basically just a bedroom and bathroom, but it had sheets and towels, a fridge, and cable TV. We paid about 9.42 EUR per day. ^_^

That's one of the things I love about Asia. You can do so much traveling at such low prices.

11:04 PM, August 29, 2009  
Blogger Rowena... said...

Brad - you might not believe this, but 80 euros a day for a large apartment in high tourist season is a deal. Kitchen, fireplace, satellite tv, private parking spot, etc etc. Everywhere else you can expect 100 euros and up.I really do think it also has to do with the image given by a particular price structure. Your place in Phuket would read "budget backpacker" over here...something that this region is not.

11:24 AM, August 30, 2009  
Blogger Brad Farless said...

Very true! We weren't too concerned with how the hotel we stayed in looked because we were planning on eating out and spending most of our time in the town.

1:53 PM, August 30, 2009  

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