May 28: hike to Tarasp Fontana
The main village of Tarasp is Fontana, and I had to keep scrambling uphill to get there from Vulpera.
The 11th-century Chastè da Tarasp overlooks the scene from an excellent promontory.
Before Fontana, I arrived at the hamlet Florins, and the trail became a road. Cool to see some roofing in progress.
Sheep, Ftan-Pitschen, and Ftan-Grond.
Looking back at the trail just covered.
The Florins streetscape.
A rather austere passage. The gray marks low on the wall at left are probably masonry repairs, yet they look figural.
Cute restaurant, or cutest restaurant?
A precipitous view of Ftan-Grond, the Aval Val Püzza that drains it, and the railroad bridge over that.
Here's Ftan-Pitschen as well. Directly below it and to the right of the railroad bridge you can see the Ftan-Baraigla station tucked away.
Looking back to Florins and across the valley toward Scuol.
The uphill view was not to be sniffed at either.
More of the Schloss Tarasp plus a HUGE house directly underneath it!! Wait, never mind, I forgot how perspective works for a minute there.
A last little bit of Florins before rounding the corner.
A faceoff between Schloss und Berg.
The joke is that when you sit on the bench your face is in the woods and this splendid view is behind you.
Just then, a first glimpse of Fontana.
A bustling intersection.
The highway up to Fontana. (I'm fronting. There is a real paved road to Fontana.)
This is known in the trade as a "firewood mushroom."
Civil engineering on an intimate scale.
Downs and ups.