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May 28: Tarasp Fontana 1

Once you reach Fontana from below, you've earned the right to catch your breath for a moment. Fontana's location is striking; it's steeply arrayed around a near-ravine, the Val Zuort, and to emerge up into the middle of it via this streamside trail was probably the most intense way to experience this verticality.

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An arc of land with boiling cumulus beyond as the deep woods started to give way.

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Crossing on the diagonal.

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I think you should have picked steeper land to build on, guys.

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Getting closer.

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By the stream, a sufficiency of dandelions and nettles and perhaps forget-me-nots.

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Once I was almost up to the village, Ftan reappeared.

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The stream briefly entunneled under the main road.

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Just like that, blaow! a framed view of the Chastè.

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A closer look.

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Whoa, two basins and two taps? This is schmancy! I wonder how they waterproof the joints between the beams.

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Curious crenellations.

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Rows of tall houses up on Fontana Sura.

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Complex street topography on approach to the church. What is that blank white diamond on the front of the house? EDIT: bet it's a sundial.