May 27: Zernez morning 1
Up and at 'em, time to pack in more exploration the next.
I was greeted in the morning by much more clement but still suitably alpine weather.
Pöllö, my Rovaniemi owl, soaks up the morning rays on the windowsill.
Cool northern clerestory light on the multisink.
When I filled up my water at the multisink, it was super-aerated for some reason, looking like shaken-up fizzy mineral water.
The unassuming Touristenlager entrance round the back of the hotel.
The church overlooking the hotel courtyard. Man, I was really into that underexposure.
I started the day's exploration with a simple walk around town. Always hard to resist these mountain-between-buildings shots.
A most pleasant of fountains in a most pleasant of yards. I wonder how old the fountain is.
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...
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.
Sunclouds above the whisper-smooth concrete surface of the info center.
The center's impetuously floating fire escape. The righthand landings are even separated from the adjacent walls.
This is a photograph of a window reflection of the church next to a photograph of the church.
Subtle evidence of sunlight around a corner.
Lilacs against a blue spring sky? That's just excessively pretty. Dial it back, folks.
Fish and sun pretending like they don't see one another.
A cutely bulldoggish of fountains (note the squat feet).
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.
The distinctive lettering on the station, consistent among the Engadin stations.
Just up the road from the station, cool-looking masonry products.
Further up, just as far as the railway overpass.
So many dandelions!
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.