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Jul 17, 2004, Saturday
Tour Mont Blanc (TMB)    The Alps Portland, Hike, TMB  
Jul 17, 2004, Saturday
Jul 20, 2004, Tuesday
The start of the TMB    France, Hike, The Alps TMB  
Jul 20, 2004, Tuesday
Jul 21, 2004, Wednesday
TMB: Miage to La Balme    France, Hike, The Alps TMB  
Jul 21, 2004, Wednesday
Jul 22, 2004, Thursday
TMB    France, Hike, The Alps TMB  
Jul 22, 2004, Thursday
Jul 23, 2004, Friday
Jul 23, 2004, Friday
Jul 25, 2004, Sunday
Jul 25, 2004, Sunday
Jul 26, 2004, Monday
Jul 26, 2004, Monday
Jul 27, 2004, Tuesday
Jul 27, 2004, Tuesday
Jul 2, 2006, Sunday
Dolomites map    Hike, Italy, Dolomites, Maps, The Alps  
Jul 2, 2006, Sunday
Jul 3, 2006, Monday
Dolomites day 1    Hike, Italy, Dolomites, The Alps  
Jul 3, 2006, Monday
Jul 4, 2006, Tuesday
Dolomites day 2    Hike, Italy, Dolomites, The Alps  
Jul 4, 2006, Tuesday
Jul 5, 2006, Wednesday
Dolomites day 3    Hike, Italy, Dolomites, The Alps  
Jul 5, 2006, Wednesday
Jul 6, 2006, Thursday
Dolomites day 4    Hike, Italy, Dolomites, The Alps  
Jul 6, 2006, Thursday
Jul 7, 2006, Friday
Jul 7, 2006, Friday
Jul 8, 2006, Saturday
Jul 8, 2006, Saturday
Jul 9, 2006, Sunday
Dolomites day 7    Italy, Dolomites, Hike, The Alps  
Jul 9, 2006, Sunday
Jul 10, 2006, Monday
Dolomites day 8    Italy, Dolomites, Hike, The Alps  
Jul 10, 2006, Monday
Jul 11, 2006, Tuesday
Dolomites day 9    Italy, Dolomites, Hike, The Alps  
Jul 11, 2006, Tuesday
Aug 2, 2009, Sunday
Aug 2, 2009, Sunday
Aug 4, 2009, Tuesday
Aug 4, 2009, Tuesday
Aug 5, 2009, Wednesday
Aug 5, 2009, Wednesday
Aug 8, 2009, Saturday
Aug 8, 2009, Saturday
Aug 11, 2009, Tuesday
Aug 11, 2009, Tuesday
Sep 10, 2016, Saturday
Sep 10, 2016, Saturday
Aug 22, 2018, Wednesday
The Malatrá Valley    TMB, The Alps Panorama, Italy  
Aug 22, 2018, Wednesday
 
 
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Regina, Paul, Emily, and Linda      
 
Regina, Paul, Emily, and Linda      
 
Regina, Paul, Emily, and Linda      
 
 

Tour Mont Blanc (TMB)

 
July 17, 2004   The Alps, Portland, Hike, TMB
 
 

We are at the Portland airport waiting for our flight to Geneva. We'll spend a night in Geneva, a couple in Chamonix, and then we'll begin our hike of the Tour du Mont Blanc.

 
https://jamesgaston.ca/1520
 
 

The start of the TMB

 
July 20, 2004   France, Hike, The Alps, TMB
 
 

Our first day on the trail is spent hiking to Miage.

 
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Linda and Emily near Miage      
 
Linda and Emily near Miage      
 
Linda and Emily near Miage      
 
Miage view      
 
Miage view      
 
Miage view      
 
Refugio Miage, France      
 
Refugio Miage, France      
 
Refugio Miage, France      
 
View from Miage      
 
View from Miage      
 
View from Miage      
 
Refugio Miage, France      
The places we stayed along the Tour du Mont Blanc hike varied, from very nice to crummy. Refugio Miage was the latter.
 
Refugio Miage, France      
The places we stayed along the Tour du Mont Blanc hike varied, from very nice to crummy. Refugio Miage was the latter.
 
Refugio Miage, France      
The places we stayed along the Tour du Mont Blanc hike varied, from very nice to crummy. Refugio Miage was the latter.
 
TMD day one: destination Miage      
Emily, Linda, and Regina, our three hiking companions.
 
TMD day one: destination Miage      
Emily, Linda, and Regina, our three hiking companions.
 
TMD day one: destination Miage      
Emily, Linda, and Regina, our three hiking companions.
https://jamesgaston.ca/1522
 
 

TMB: Miage to La Balme

 
July 21, 2004   France, Hike, The Alps, TMB
 
 

Today we left Miage to hike to the nicer La Balme.

 
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Refugio Miage, France      
 
Refugio Miage, France      
 
Refugio Miage, France      
 
Emily & Tor, Ref. Miage      
 
Emily & Tor, Ref. Miage      
 
Emily & Tor, Ref. Miage      
 
Refuge Miage      
 
Refuge Miage      
 
Refuge Miage      
 
Tour du Mont Blanc      
 
Tour du Mont Blanc      
 
Tour du Mont Blanc      
 
From Miage to La Balme      
 
From Miage to La Balme      
 
From Miage to La Balme      
 
Linda & Emily heading to La Balme      
 
Linda & Emily heading to La Balme      
 
Linda & Emily heading to La Balme      
 
View from La Balme      
 
View from La Balme      
 
View from La Balme      
 
Tour du Mont Blanc      
 
Tour du Mont Blanc      
 
Tour du Mont Blanc      
https://jamesgaston.ca/1523
 
 

TMB

 
July 22, 2004   France, Hike, The Alps, TMB
 
 

 
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La Balme      
 
La Balme      
 
La Balme      
 
Regina, Paul, Emily, and Linda      
 
Regina, Paul, Emily, and Linda      
 
Regina, Paul, Emily, and Linda      
 
La Balme      
 
La Balme      
 
La Balme      
 
The hiking group taking a rest      
 
The hiking group taking a rest      
 
The hiking group taking a rest      
 
Regina @ La Balme      
With Emily and Linda on the stairs.
 
Regina @ La Balme      
With Emily and Linda on the stairs.
 
Regina @ La Balme      
With Emily and Linda on the stairs.
 
La Balme      
 
La Balme      
 
La Balme      
 
Goodbye to La Balme      
Ref La Balme, in the foreground, offered a room of bunk beds plus a good dinner. Nice views from the patio, too.
 
Goodbye to La Balme      
Ref La Balme, in the foreground, offered a room of bunk beds plus a good dinner. Nice views from the patio, too.
 
Goodbye to La Balme      
Ref La Balme, in the foreground, offered a room of bunk beds plus a good dinner. Nice views from the patio, too.
https://jamesgaston.ca/1524
 
 

TMB: A rest stop in Courmayeur

 
July 23, 2004   The Alps, Hike, Italy, Courmayeur, TMB
 
 

 
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Emily, Courmayeur, Italy      
 
Emily, Courmayeur, Italy      
 
Emily, Courmayeur, Italy      
https://jamesgaston.ca/1525
 
 

TMB: The views from Bonatti

 
July 25, 2004   Italy, Hike, The Alps, TMB
 
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Linda & Regina & Mt Blanc      
We're on our way to Rifugio Bonatti.
 
Linda & Regina & Mt Blanc      
We're on our way to Rifugio Bonatti.
 
Linda & Regina & Mt Blanc      
We're on our way to Rifugio Bonatti.
 
Resting at Rifugio Bonatti      
 
Resting at Rifugio Bonatti      
 
Resting at Rifugio Bonatti      
 
Rifugio Bonatti, Italy      
Bonatti offers a comfortable bed and good food along with eye-watering views of Mt Blanc.
 
Rifugio Bonatti, Italy      
Bonatti offers a comfortable bed and good food along with eye-watering views of Mt Blanc.
 
Rifugio Bonatti, Italy      
Bonatti offers a comfortable bed and good food along with eye-watering views of Mt Blanc.
 

 
https://jamesgaston.ca/1526
 
 

TMB: Bonatti to Ferret

 
July 26, 2004   The Alps, Hike, Italy, Switzerland, TMB
 
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Malatrá valley      
We've left Ref. Bonatti, with it's postcard view of Mount Blanc, and are heading over the border to a hotel in a small Swiss town.
 
Malatrá valley      
We've left Ref. Bonatti, with it's postcard view of Mount Blanc, and are heading over the border to a hotel in a small Swiss town.
 
Malatrá valley      
We've left Ref. Bonatti, with it's postcard view of Mount Blanc, and are heading over the border to a hotel in a small Swiss town.
 
Rifugio Bonatti and Malatrá valley      
A two-photo panorama assembled fourteen years after the original two photos were taken.
 
Rifugio Bonatti and Malatrá valley      
A two-photo panorama assembled fourteen years after the original two photos were taken.
 
Rifugio Bonatti and Malatrá valley      
A two-photo panorama assembled fourteen years after the original two photos were taken.
 
Malatrá valley      
 
Malatrá valley      
 
Malatrá valley      
 
Malatrá valley, Italy      
 
Malatrá valley, Italy      
 
Malatrá valley, Italy      
 
Linda & Regina and glacier in Malatrá valley      
Hiking from Ref. Bonatti, in Italy, to Ferret, Switzerland.
 
Linda & Regina and glacier in Malatrá valley      
Hiking from Ref. Bonatti, in Italy, to Ferret, Switzerland.
 
Linda & Regina and glacier in Malatrá valley      
Hiking from Ref. Bonatti, in Italy, to Ferret, Switzerland.
 
Regina at the col      
 
Regina at the col      
 
Regina at the col      
 
Hiking near Ferret Switzerland      
 
Hiking near Ferret Switzerland      
 
Hiking near Ferret Switzerland      
 
Dinner at our hotel, Ferret, SW      
 
Dinner at our hotel, Ferret, SW      
 
Dinner at our hotel, Ferret, SW      
 

 
https://jamesgaston.ca/1527
 
 

TMB: Ferret to Champex

 
July 27, 2004   Switzerland, Hike, The Alps, TMB
 
 

We didn't do the full TMB route. Instead we stopped for a night in Champex and the next day took a bus to the train and then on to Paris.

 
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Swiss trails marker      
 
Swiss trails marker      
 
Swiss trails marker      
 
Our last day on the TMB      
 
Our last day on the TMB      
 
Our last day on the TMB      
 
Our last day on the TMB      
 
Our last day on the TMB      
 
Our last day on the TMB      
 
We're done! Champex-Lac      
 
We're done! Champex-Lac      
 
We're done! Champex-Lac      
https://jamesgaston.ca/1528
 
 

Dolomites map

 
July 2, 2006   Hike, Italy, Dolomites, Maps, The Alps
 
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Dolomite's trails map      
 
Dolomite's trails map      
 
Dolomite's trails map      
 

 
https://jamesgaston.ca/1059
 
 

Dolomites day 1

 
July 3, 2006   Hike, Italy, Dolomites, The Alps
 
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Trailhead for hike to Rifugio Fodara      
 
Trailhead for hike to Rifugio Fodara      
 
Trailhead for hike to Rifugio Fodara      
 
Paul hiking in Dolomites      
 
Paul hiking in Dolomites      
 
Paul hiking in Dolomites      
 
Trail marker      
 
Trail marker      
 
Trail marker      
 
On our way      
 
On our way      
 
On our way      
 

 
https://jamesgaston.ca/1511
 
 

Dolomites day 2

 
July 4, 2006   Hike, Italy, Dolomites, The Alps
 
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Refugio Fodara      
 
Refugio Fodara      
 
Refugio Fodara      
 
Refugio Fodara      
 
Refugio Fodara      
 
Refugio Fodara      
 
The Dolomites      
 
The Dolomites      
 
The Dolomites      
 

 
https://jamesgaston.ca/1514
 
 

Dolomites day 3

 
July 5, 2006   Hike, Italy, Dolomites, The Alps
 
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Paul heading down a trail      
 
Paul heading down a trail      
 
Paul heading down a trail      
 
Small chapel      
 
Small chapel      
 
Small chapel      
 

 
https://jamesgaston.ca/1513
 
 

Dolomites day 4

 
July 6, 2006   Hike, Italy, Dolomites, The Alps
 
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Paul at breakfast      
 
Paul at breakfast      
 
Paul at breakfast      
 
Paul hiking      
 
Paul hiking      
 
Paul hiking      
 
Parco Naturale      
 
Parco Naturale      
 
Parco Naturale      
 
Colorful mountains      
 
Colorful mountains      
 
Colorful mountains      
 
War ruins      
 
War ruins      
 
War ruins      
 
Paul hiking up to Rifugio Lagazuoi      
 
Paul hiking up to Rifugio Lagazuoi      
 
Paul hiking up to Rifugio Lagazuoi      
 
Paul viewing colourful mountains      
 
Paul viewing colourful mountains      
 
Paul viewing colourful mountains      
 
Cable car to Rifugio Lagazuoi      
 
Cable car to Rifugio Lagazuoi      
 
Cable car to Rifugio Lagazuoi      
 
Rifugio Lagazuoi      
This is a popular lunch spot easily accessed by cable car.
 
Rifugio Lagazuoi      
This is a popular lunch spot easily accessed by cable car.
 
Rifugio Lagazuoi      
This is a popular lunch spot easily accessed by cable car.
 
Rifugio Lagazuoi 2752m      
 
Rifugio Lagazuoi 2752m      
 
Rifugio Lagazuoi 2752m      
 
Cable car to Rifugio Lagazuoi      
 
Cable car to Rifugio Lagazuoi      
 
Cable car to Rifugio Lagazuoi      
 

 
https://jamesgaston.ca/1512
 
 

Dolomites day 5

 
July 7, 2006   Dolomites, Cortina d'Ampezzo, The Alps, Hike, Italy
 
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Rifugio Cinque Torri      
 
Rifugio Cinque Torri      
 
Rifugio Cinque Torri      
 
Rif Cinque Torri      
 
Rif Cinque Torri      
 
Rif Cinque Torri      
 
Paul hiking in the Dolomites      
 
Paul hiking in the Dolomites      
 
Paul hiking in the Dolomites      
 
Rif Cinque Torri      
 
Rif Cinque Torri      
 
Rif Cinque Torri      
 
Dolomites switchback      
 
Dolomites switchback      
 
Dolomites switchback      
 
Dolomites trail      
 
Dolomites trail      
 
Dolomites trail      
 
Dolomites zig-zag trail      
 
Dolomites zig-zag trail      
 
Dolomites zig-zag trail      
 
Dolomites, Italy      
 
Dolomites, Italy      
 
Dolomites, Italy      
 
Rif Passo Giau      
 
Rif Passo Giau      
 
Rif Passo Giau      
 
Dolomites, Italy      
We got a ride into Cortina where we planned to take a one day/two night city break.
 
Dolomites, Italy      
We got a ride into Cortina where we planned to take a one day/two night city break.
 
Dolomites, Italy      
We got a ride into Cortina where we planned to take a one day/two night city break.
 
Cortina      
 
Cortina      
 
Cortina      
 
Cortina bike race      
 
Cortina bike race      
 
Cortina bike race      
 
Cortina      
 
Cortina      
 
Cortina      
 
Cortina      
 
Cortina      
 
Cortina      
 

 
https://jamesgaston.ca/1547
 
 

Dolomites day 6: Cortina

 
July 8, 2006   Dolomites, Cortina d'Ampezzo, The Alps, Italy
 
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Cortina      
 
Cortina      
 
Cortina      
 
Hotel Ambra      
 
Hotel Ambra      
 
Hotel Ambra      
 

 
https://jamesgaston.ca/1548
 
 

Dolomites day 7

 
July 9, 2006   Italy, Dolomites, Hike, The Alps
 
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Rifugio Lagazuoi      
 
Rifugio Lagazuoi      
 
Rifugio Lagazuoi      
 
Paul in the Dolomites      
 
Paul in the Dolomites      
 
Paul in the Dolomites      
 
Dolomites      
 
Dolomites      
 
Dolomites      
 

 
https://jamesgaston.ca/1516
 
 

Dolomites day 8

 
July 10, 2006   Italy, Dolomites, Hike, The Alps
 
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Rifugio Staulanza      
 
Rifugio Staulanza      
 
Rifugio Staulanza      
 
Hike to Rifugio Asonino Al Coldai      
 
Hike to Rifugio Asonino Al Coldai      
 
Hike to Rifugio Asonino Al Coldai      
 
Hike to Rifugio Asonino Al Coldai      
 
Hike to Rifugio Asonino Al Coldai      
 
Hike to Rifugio Asonino Al Coldai      
 
Rifugio Asonino Al Coldai      
 
Rifugio Asonino Al Coldai      
 
Rifugio Asonino Al Coldai      
 
Hiking nuns      
 
Hiking nuns      
 
Hiking nuns      
 
Hiking in the Dolomites      
 
Hiking in the Dolomites      
 
Hiking in the Dolomites      
 
Refugio Tissi      
 
Refugio Tissi      
 
Refugio Tissi      
 
Hiking to Tissi      
Ref Tissi is just barely visible, it's on the right, the tiny bump on the jagged slope.
 
Hiking to Tissi      
Ref Tissi is just barely visible, it's on the right, the tiny bump on the jagged slope.
 
Hiking to Tissi      
Ref Tissi is just barely visible, it's on the right, the tiny bump on the jagged slope.
 
Hike to Tissi      
 
Hike to Tissi      
 
Hike to Tissi      
 
Tissi      
 
Tissi      
 
Tissi      
 
View from Tissi      
 
View from Tissi      
 
View from Tissi      
 
Tissi      
 
Tissi      
 
Tissi      
 

 
https://jamesgaston.ca/1061
 
 

Dolomites day 9

 
July 11, 2006   Italy, Dolomites, Hike, The Alps
 
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Leaving Tissi      
 
Leaving Tissi      
 
Leaving Tissi      
 
Leaving Tissi      
 
Leaving Tissi      
 
Leaving Tissi      
 

 
https://jamesgaston.ca/1517
 
 

Haute Route, day 1

 
August 2, 2009   Switzerland, Haute Route, Hike, The Alps
 
 

We met in Geneva, hung out in Chamonix (i) for a couple days, which was just time enough for another visit to Aiguille du Mid, then we took the train to Finhaut where we began our hike. Here we are in Finhaut, stoking up for the days ahead.

 
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Yours truly in Finhaut      
 
Yours truly in Finhaut      
 
Yours truly in Finhaut      
 
Gingie, Emily, and me, Finhaut      
Preparing for our hike of the Haute Route to Zermatt.
 
Gingie, Emily, and me, Finhaut      
Preparing for our hike of the Haute Route to Zermatt.
 
Gingie, Emily, and me, Finhaut      
Preparing for our hike of the Haute Route to Zermatt.
https://jamesgaston.ca/1493
 
 

Haute Route, day 3

 
August 4, 2009   Switzerland, Haute Route, Hike, The Alps
 
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https://jamesgaston.ca/1494
 
 

Haute Route, day 4

 
August 5, 2009   Switzerland, Haute Route, Hike, The Alps
 
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https://jamesgaston.ca/1065
 
 

Haute Route, day 7

 
August 8, 2009   Switzerland, Haute Route, Hike, The Alps
 
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Gingie and Emily in Evolene      
 
Gingie and Emily in Evolene      
 
Gingie and Emily in Evolene      
 

 
https://jamesgaston.ca/1495
 
 

Haute Route, day 10

 
August 11, 2009   Switzerland, Haute Route, Hike, The Alps
 
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https://jamesgaston.ca/1496
 
 

Stuck on the Vallée Blanche

 
September 10, 2016   12-24, 10.5, The Alps, Chamonix
 
 

I've been following the story of the stranded Alps cable-car riders having ridden this very cable a few years ago. My first thought: not a place to spend the night. The cars are tiny, they barely hold four, and it's cold hanging up there surrounded by frozen water. Even in summer - the pictures below were taken in August - there is ice and snow everywhere you look.

But what a beautiful ride this is, eerily silent, just fluffy snow below and mountain peaks all around. The cable is called the Valle Blanche aerial tramway and it runs between the Aiguille du Midi in France and Pointe Helbronner in Italy. The tiny glass cars ride a 5 km-long cable, one of the highest and longest in the world, as they pass over a glacier dotted with ant-trails of mountain climbers.

I'm listening to Moby's Porcelain.

 
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At the top      
 
At the top      
 
At the top      
 
Vallée Blanche aerial tramway      
It's one of the longest cable spans on earth, and it's eerily quiet and beautiful. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
 
Vallée Blanche aerial tramway      
It's one of the longest cable spans on earth, and it's eerily quiet and beautiful. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
 
Vallée Blanche aerial tramway      
It's one of the longest cable spans on earth, and it's eerily quiet and beautiful. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
 
Inside the Vallée Blanche tramway      
On the trip back from Helbronner to Aiguille du Midi we shared a car with some fellow northern Califonians.
 
Inside the Vallée Blanche tramway      
On the trip back from Helbronner to Aiguille du Midi we shared a car with some fellow northern Califonians.
 
Inside the Vallée Blanche tramway      
On the trip back from Helbronner to Aiguille du Midi we shared a car with some fellow northern Califonians.
 
Looking down from the Aiguille du Midi      
 
Looking down from the Aiguille du Midi      
 
Looking down from the Aiguille du Midi      
https://jamesgaston.ca/470
 
 

The Malatrá Valley

 
August 22, 2018   TMB, The Alps, Panorama, Italy
 
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Rifugio Bonatti and Malatrá valley      
A two-photo panorama assembled fourteen years after the original two photos were taken.
 
Rifugio Bonatti and Malatrá valley      
A two-photo panorama assembled fourteen years after the original two photos were taken.
 
Rifugio Bonatti and Malatrá valley      
A two-photo panorama assembled fourteen years after the original two photos were taken.
 

After many days of smoke-filled skies I figured it's time to see a clear sky, even if it's only a photo of a clear sky and it's on the other side of the world.

This is the Malatrá Valley, in Italy. In the upper left corner, the speck on the green hillside, is Rifugio Bonatti where we hiked in and spent a comfortable night. The eye watering view from Bonatti is of the Mount Blanc massif, on the right. The massif is not only beautiful to look at but you can go under it, by car, or over it, by cable. I highly recommend the latter. Both take you to the other side of the massif where you'll find charming Chamonix, in France.

I shot this from the Col de Ferret, on the trail that would take us to our next stop, Ferret, in Switzerland. It was my first trip with a digital camera.

While I captured the photo in 2004, today, in 2018, was the first I'd seen it, and that is because it's made of two photos and only today did I happen to see them back to back and notice their panorama potential. Wow, what a difference they make glued together.

 
https://jamesgaston.ca/1069