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Lake Como to San Moritz - a visual journey!!!

 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 9:51 am    Post subject: Lake Como to San Moritz - a visual journey!!! Reply with quote

The journey from the top of Lake Como will initially take you into the Val Chiavenna which terminates at the town of Chiavenna itself. There you have a choice of turning right for Madesimo and the Spluga Pass OR left for the Maloja Pass and then on to San Moritz which is where I'll take you now. (We'll do the other one another day).

The journey up the Val Chiavenna will take you past a small lake at Novate Mezzola and the surrounding mountains are quite impressive in this quite narrow valley. This view is looking straight up the valley from my house.

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Once you take the road for the Swiss border and San Moritz, after about 6 km you will come to a small town called Piuro - on the left of the road you will see the famous Piuro Cascata' - a Car Park is conveniently sited at the
base of this 'fall'. Just a few yards further up the road you will see this modern church and IF it is open - have a look inside where the altar is placed in fromt of a glass wall through which you can see (really close-up) the waterfall.

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Then resuming your journey keep your eye open for this rock formation on the road - I wonder how long it has lain wedged there?

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A bit further on you will find this sign for the border at Castasegna....

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This is quickly followed by the crossing (this was taken from the Swiss side).

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so here you are in Switzerland...land of rosti, hot chocolate (to die for), the Maloja (pron: mal-oy-ah) Pass and of course San Moritz - playground of the rich!!!

Keep your eye open going up towards the Maloja for some stunning scenes like these

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You then of course come to the climb up the Maloja - a total of 19 hairpin bends... You can see here (below) if you look closely at how the climb is almost perpendicular - it's NOT one of those long drawn out passes like the Gavia, Spluga or the Bernina.....

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But never fear - right at the top is a super hotel where hot chocolate and cakes are available and right opposite, across the road, is a viewpoint where you can see right down the valley.

So you are now in the "Engadina" on the road past Silvaplana and going to:


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wonderful pics, thanks Carole!
I went to St-Moriz many years ago, it's a beautiful place (even though a bit expensive!) and the view along the roads is wonderful and full of green.

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