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Muot Niculin

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  • Day10

    Bernina - not just a sewing machine!

    September 5, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    Today, we travelled over the Bernina Pass by railway. From a starting point of Pontresina (very close to where we are staying in Samedan), the little red train spirals up to over 2200m elevation before dropping precipitously to the town of Poshiavo and then further down to the Italian town of Tirano. At times, the tracks curve around so sharply that you can see the other end of the train, framed by a magnificent mountain backdrop! Surprisingly, the weather held up for our trip until we reached the Bernina Pass on the return trip. Then the rain - mixed with some wet snow - began. By the time we reached the valley where the three towns of Samedan, Pontresina and St. Moritz are located, the clouds and rain had settled in. In spite of the weather, we headed up the funicular to Muottas Muragl where we had tea looking out at - nothing! We were completely socked in. Still a good trip.

    Tomorrow, we leave Samedan and the fabulous Engadine region of Switzerland and head for the Matterhorn.

    What a wonderful trip we are having!
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    Owen Snider

    I have been SO impressed by the engineering feats evident in the building of this rail line up and over the pass and the one we travelled yesterday as well - the tunnels and viaducts and places where the track is literally hanging on the side of the mountain. To think that the original line was put through early in the last century!

    9/5/19Reply
    Patricia Le Saux

    Beautiful photos! Enjoy!

    9/6/19Reply
    Charlyne Murphy

    What a wonderful time you two are having but oh my word you are sure spending a lot of time up in the clouds it seems. My ears would be popping like mad but a small price to pay for such magnificent views. The train systems that you have been using sound beyond perfect, the best way to travel. Anxious to here what tomorrow brings.

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