Dolomites, Italy, Val Di Funes

Dolomites, Italy, Val Di Funes
Continuing to explore the Dolomites in Italy, my road trip brought me to the Val Di Funes, where a small baroque church stands. Visible on many pictures of the Dolomites, the Ranui’s Church of St Johann was built in 1744 (Chiesetta di San Giovanni in Ranui). It was really impressive to discover it with my own eyes, after seeing it through photographs on the web. Nearby is the church of Santa Maddalena (or St Magdalena) which saw its first building …

Lago Di Braies, Italy

Lago Di Braies, Italy
Lago di Braies in Italian, or Pragser Wildsee in German is a small alpine lake in the north-east of Italy. Known as the pearl of the lakes of the Dolomites, it is at 1,495 meters above sea level, at the feet of the Croda del Becco mountain (The Seekofel). It is possible to rent a boat to sail the turquoise waters of the lake. Hiking trails start from Lago Di Braies and allow you to explore the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park …

Bisse de Savièse Torrent-Neuf, Switzerland

Bisse de Savièse Torrent-Neuf, Switzerland
The bisse of Savièse Torrent-Neuf, in the Valais in Switzerland, is a bisse old of more than 500 years. Built between 1430 and 1448, this impressive Valais bisse remained in operation until 1934. In 1935, it was replaced by a tunnel dug through the mountain Le Prabé. It was not until 2005 that it was rehabilitated thanks to the work of the Association for the Safeguarding of the Torrent-Neuf and the Town of Savièse. A path that runs over 4 …

Travel To Japan, Part 5 Nikko

Travel To Japan, Part 5 Nikko
Located at the entrance of Nikko National Park, Nikko is a little town in Japan, known for Toshogo Shrine, Futarasan Shrine, Tamozawa Imperial Villa, Kanmangafuchi Abyss with its Jizo statues, and many other great places . Before Toshogu was built in the 1600s, Nikko had been a center of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for many centuries. Nikko and the Okunikko area around Lake Chuzenji, are well known for their beautiful nature, especially for their autumn colors (Koyo). Nikko National …

Zernez National Park, Switzerland

Zernez National Park, Switzerland
The Zernez National Park in Switzerland, is located in the Engadine area, in the Canton of Grisons. Only Switzerland National Park, and first national park in Europe, it was founded in 1914 (August 1, the Swiss National Day). Its history dates back to 1909, when Swiss naturalists wanted to protect nature from human activities in development. Inspired by the United States which already had many national parks, they founded the Swiss League for Nature Protection (LSPN), currently known as Pro …
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