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More Alpine scenery, the Rhone Valley....

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Many simmers take off out of Sion but they miss half the journey, I like Lausanne, where I stayed one night in 1987, taking the train by Chillon Castle the next morning then hopping to Milan.  I was poet laureate in my high school and college and I have toured Chillon a couple of times, another poet visiting that castle.  I also overnighted in beautiful Montreaux in 1989.  Sharing this set which highlights Sion and Gampfel in the Rhone Valley from up high, with sites of the Matterhorn and other similar looking alps in the Distance. 

The real pic is one I took of the Matterhorn while I was staying in traffic free Zermatt in 1982.  Our tour guide, Anna Marie Greene of TWA tours, told us we lucked out to have clear warm weather during our entire stay in Zermatt, it is very rare to get a shot of the Matterhorn like I did, and it was taken with a simple Kodak camera and scanned with my first scanner. 

I hiked the alpine valley above traffic free Zermatt after being coaxed to look for Edelweiss to woo the girls on my tour, but I was told it is only found in very high alpine meadows and unlike the sound of music, does not greet the Von Trapps every morning.   When I finished my hike absent of Edelweiss I simply told my tour director that no girl was worth that trouble, lol....  But when I returned to Europe in '95 years later on a trip where I was disappointed I could not take my newlywed wife since my employer paid for me to work in Bologna, I picked up my new bride a Venetian pendant, more beautiful than Edelweiss with the Millefiori flowered design in yellow, her fav color.

The Matterhorn pic was shot while I was riding up the Gornergrat rack railway.

https://www.zermatt.ch/en/Media/Attractions/Gornergrat

John

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You're "overfilling" this forum with great trips and great shots. These are really outstanding.

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