Hotel La Meridiana
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- Free High-Speed Internet
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- Free parking
- Pets allowed
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3 hrs, 12 kms
What are my first impressions of Switzerland? Well, there is a grand view as soon as I reach the pass: another deep valley far below and a beautiful mountain range on the other side, with forest ending abruptly, and sheer gray rock rising towards the sky.
There is a marker and a plaque explaining the historical significance of this pass, which has been an important connection between Switzerland and Italy for many ...
... I do need to keep a good pace... I do NOT want to camp out at the top of Splugenpass! Right now I'm crossing my last Italian commune: Madessimo. Madessimo proper is actually way at the top of that cliff somewhere. I could've gone that route and entered Switzerland that way, but that would've meant following a busy road, rather than a quiet trail, so I opted the trail route. I'll still be able to "count" Madessimo as a "parkbenched town", as I should come across ...
... enough excuse to completely abandon a village... My suspicion is that it's the same scenario as what's happened to the mountain villages of Umbria: at one time people lived off the land here, perhaps herding goats and growing food on small plots of land, but over time the easier life of the cities and plains was too enticing... people moved away and forgot their village and way of life. I ponder this as I continue on up the trail, pausing at ...
... to see the town a bit more. Then I follow a road which I assume will take me up the gorge, when it takes a turn in the wrong direction, I assume it's just a switchback, and I opt for a shortcut straight up the mountainside. I climb higher... higher... higher... but the road doesn't reappear. I gaze back down into the valley far, far below, dreading the inevitable: I'm going to just have to turn around and go back down again. There are some ...
... trying to destroy the Muslim Brotherhood after they were legitimately elected by the people?" People can look at the same conflict and come to completely opposite conclusions. My guess is that the truth is somewhere in the middle... We chat a bit more, I tell him of some of my adventures wandering the Nile delta... then I continue on my way. I love how my travels become so interconnected... my Alps hike is now connected with my Egypt adventure of ...