Gallery: June 21 — Upper Engadin

I wanted to see the Upper Engadin, but not spend that much time on it, so I just took the train up to Pontresina and back. These photographs are all from the return trip.

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So here is Pontresina, to start with.

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Camera countryside.

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The Upper Engadin, somewhat counterintuitively, is a lot more open and flat than the Lower Engadin. What is that arch on the right?

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Mountains downriver.

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This is the mountain that I took pictures of a few times from Zernez in the evenings.

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Well, this is La Punt Chamues-ch. (repeat after me: Cha-mweshtch.) I liked the onion dome of the church.

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Another town, or maybe a further part of La Punt Chamues-ch.

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A cool little rail building, same roof as the station buildings but all wood walls rather than masonry.

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These appear to be contemporary reinterpretations of the wood-between-masonry tradition. Kind of cool.

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More open country.

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A map of the Rhätische Bahn, the Graubünden rail network. It's printed on a shelf between the facing seats of the train.

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Another railway building with this distinctive exterior stair.

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Heavy terracing.

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Upper Engadin buildings seem to be newer on the whole than those of the Lower Engadin, at least from what I could see from the train. I don't know if the towns are actually newer.

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The left wing of this building has an almost Lindal-like prow.

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Very elegant steeple.

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That same mountain, now acquiring an aspect more similar to what can be seen of it from Zernez.

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I forget what direction this shot is towards.

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There it is again.

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Another little rail buildling.

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Reflected me while the train was going through a tunnel.

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On the left you can just see the receding entrance of another tunnel.

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Piz Linard back in view — that means we're getting close to Zernez.

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Full view of Piz Linard, plus Zernez below.

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The railroad swoops around in a big curve on this approach to Zernez — from the position of Piz Linard you can see that we've overshot and have to continue around on the curve to get back. I'm not sure why it's like that.