Saturday, May 24, 2008

> Bernina Pass

The Bernina Pass (el. 2328 m.) is a high mountain pass in the Bernina Range of the Alps.

The Bernina Express from Davos to Poschiavo and Tirano is one of the most impressive train travel in Switzerland.

Waiting for Bernina Express.

Frozen lake near the top of Bernina Pass.

> St. Moritz

> Julier Pass

Julier Pass (el. 2284 m) is a mountain pass in Switzerland, in the Albula Range of the Alps. We crossed this pass while traveling from Davos to St. Moritz.

> Landwasser Viaduct

65 m high and 136 m long - the Landwasser Viaduct is probably the most famous railway bridge in Switzerland and is seen in most Swiss travel brochures. The viaduct has six arches, each spanning 20m. One of its ramps exits straight into the Landwasser Tunnel.

To reach the bridge we had to walk for about 800 metres from the car park. The trail is not clearly marked and we had to ask the local people for directions.

One video from youtube.

> Wiesen

We stayed in the little village of Wiesen near Davos.

> Flüela Pass

Flüela Pass (elevation 2383 m.) is a high mountain pass in the Swiss Alps. The pass road connects Davos and Susch in the lower Engadin valley.

> Lago di Resia, Italy

Reschen Lake (Lago di Resia) is situated a short distance from the Austrian-Italian border in southern Tyrol.

Since about the middle of last century, the town of Graun lies under the lake´s surface. In 1950 a dam was built by an Electric Company Montecatini which burried Graun under water. The inhabitants had to move and the houses were buried by the water.

The top part of the town's church tower is more or less visible today, depending on the water level.

Monday, May 12, 2008

> Die Leutascher Geisterklamm

The Leutasch gorge crosses the border between Austria and Germany between Leutasch and Mittenwald.

A smaller version of the Leutaschklamm gorge walk has existed for years and has been available from the Mittenwald end. The newer version (opened in 2006) has been largely funded by the EU and is accessible both from the Mittenwald end and from the Leutasch valley.

The 3000-metre-long Gorge Trail runs for part of the way on an exciting 800 metre long man-made section. The walk is relatively easy and suitable for families with children.

Friday, May 02, 2008

> Tangier April 2008

"Hercules Cave" Tangier photo:SAR

City square, Tangier photo: SAR

Tangier at sunset photo: SAR

> Fez April 2008

A view of the old city (Medina) photo: SAR

Handicrafts, Fez photo: SAR

A street in the old city photo: SAR

Friday, March 28, 2008

> Alhambra, Granada

The Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex of the muslim rulers of Granada in southern Spain.

Perhaps the most beautiful palace constructed by the Arabs.

Built towards the end of Muslim rule in Spain, the Alhambra is a reminder of Muslim culture as it was in Iberia 600 years ago.

The pond is 34 metres long and 7,10 meters wide.

One of the palaces of the complex.

The Court of the Lions is probably the most famous place of the Alhambra. It is so called because of the twelve lions that throw jets of water and which are part of the fountain in the middle of the patio. The big basin rests on top of these twelve lions that are around it.

To our disappointment, the lions had been taken away for restoration.

Another view of the court of the lions.

Islamic architecture at its best.

Islamic architecture at its best.

View of Alhambra from the gardens (Generalife).

The Alcazaba, a fortress, is the oldest part of the Alhambra.

The original construction had 24 towers but only a few remain.

The Alcazaba acted as military headquarters for the Nasrid dynasty. It was built on the highest point of the hill to defend the royal family and house their army.

View of the city of Granada (from Alhambra)