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weekends in Italy: Gran Paradiso
nice long weekend in the Gran Paradiso National Park, July 2003
Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele II
departed Aosta and toured the famous Castle Fénis
in the morning, and having checked into the Genzianella
auberge in the Valsavarenche in the late afternoon, hikers at the trailhead
in Pont (1960m) prepare to wend upward to the Victor Emanuel II hut as speedily as
possible and get back down again for a hearty pre-paid dinner at the hotel.
moments later, hikers pause at the tree line to gaze back down upon the trailhead
and camping grounds at Pont on the way up to Vittorio Emanuele II.
one leaves the bottom of the valley, the views become more expansive.
Emanuele II's own refuge, at 2732m, in early evening, 11 July 2003.
Lago di Moncorvé next to the refuge, and the Ciarforon (3640m) above.
Vittorio Emanuele II: Kristin with lunch tray
building a bit higher, with donkey.
Victor Emanuel's hut speedily, fearful that the Genzianella's kitchen might close down before
we're able to line up with our pannikins for the Valdaostan specialities.
The downward path
views all but unnoticed on the descent, so focused are we upon the Genzianella
shadows gather in the picturesque ravines, we're reminded again of Valdaostan
specialities involving lots of cheese on top.
Chamois gazing longing towards the valley, wishing that he too were headed for
Valdaostan cheese specialities at the end of a long day.
Mr Chamois that we'll bring him up some leftovers in the morning.
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
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revised 31 July 2007, 10 December 2013.