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.
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.