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weekends in Italy: Gran Paradiso
nice long weekend in the Gran Paradiso National Park, 2003.
July the partygoers, having motored leisurely up southward from Aosta into the
Valsavarenche nearly to the end of the road, check into the "Genzianella",
in Pont. Pont appears on the map as a village at 1960m -- actually, Pont IS the Genzianella, some rural huts, and a campground at the trailhead.
is a very fine, and inexpensive, mountain-lodge-sort-of-thing in awesome surroundings,
offering room and dinner ("demi-pension") at very nice prices, with
good wines and blessedly ice-cold beer, and very friendly owners and staff. See
more here: http://www.genzianella.aosta.it/.
and the Genzianella are surrounded by extremely beautiful and very steep mountains,
a good starting place for some excellent scenic ambles. Steep
Popular with the day crowd, group and club dinners (singing chants and enthusiastic
ritual encouragements almost till midnight, in some cases, and a few unwelcome
bouncing oohs-and-aahs in the next room till 3 a.m.), but with plenty of rooms for dedicated
hiking people ready to depart at the first light of dawn on the morrow.
narrator's very beautiful Volkswagen break, named "Dieter", in front
of the Genzianella, July 2003.
last look at the Genzianella.
more northern Italian architecture
is a resorty sort of thing in the nearby valley of Valgrisenche, seen a few days
later, apparently built of renovated clusters of farm buildings and some new bits
added in. The same wonderful mix of stone and wood for which Alpine Italy is so
though steep, and scenic (though very steep), and not terribly expensive area
of the world: the Gran Paradiso.
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All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 15 September 2003,
revised 31 July 2007, 10 December 2013.