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May 27: Zernez morning 1

Up and at 'em, time to pack in more exploration the next day.

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I was greeted in the morning by much more clement but still suitably alpine weather.

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Pöllö, my Rovaniemi owl, soaks up the morning rays on the windowsill.

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Cool northern clerestory light on the multisink.

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When I filled up my water at the multisink, it was super-aerated for some reason, looking like shaken-up fizzy mineral water.

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The unassuming Touristenlager entrance round the back of the hotel.

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The church overlooking the hotel courtyard. Man, I was really into that underexposure.

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I started the day's exploration with a simple walk around town. Always hard to resist these mountain-between-buildings shots.

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A most pleasant of fountains in a most pleasant of yards pocket parks. I wonder how old the fountain is.

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This monolith of a building is the info center for the National Park, of which Zernez serves as the main base for exploration, and maybe for Zernez itself. I had an adventure in the National Park in 2005. This was built sometime after my first visit, though. Why then does it seem so familiar...

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By the power of internet I no longer don't remember what this building is: it's the Chastè Wildenberg, an old palace, one of the most distinctive buildings in Zernez with those slightly unnerving inverted-keyhole windows. The tower could be from as long ago as the 12th century.

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Sunclouds above the whisper-smooth concrete surface of the info center.

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The center's impetuously floating fire escape. The righthand landings are even separated from the adjacent walls.

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This is a photograph of a window reflection of the church next to a photograph of the church.

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Hochsonne!

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Subtle evidence of sunlight around a corner.

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Lilacs against a blue spring sky? That's just excessively pretty. Dial it back, folks.

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Fish and sun pretending like they don't see one another.

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A cutely bulldoggish of fountains (note the squat feet).

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A look up the Engadin from the station beyond this service locomotive, also cute. I planned to ride the train down the valley (northeast) to Scuol, the largest town in the Unterengadin, but I got over to the station in enough time to explore around a little.

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The distinctive lettering on the station, consistent among the Engadin stations.

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Just up the road from the station, cool-looking masonry products.

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Further up, just as far as the railway overpass.

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So many dandelions!

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Then back to the station to catch the train, here arriving. In the background you can see the terraced land that so intrigued me previously.