Europe 1997 (Part 3)

August 24

A country like Belgium, or socialist countries in central Europe spend more money on art education than the United States, which is a really puzzling thought.  ~  Mikhail Baryshnikov

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[Châtel is a commune in the Upper Savoy department in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region in south-eastern France.  It is situated in the northern French Alps on the French/Swiss border and is a popular ski resort.  Despite its development into a major ski resort, the village still retains many of its traditional alpine characteristics (Wikipedia).]

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[But it was early April and there wasn’t much snow left.  I don’t think anybody in our group skied . . . ]

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[And on to the nightlife . . . ]

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[Not that I have any remembrances of it . . . ]

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[I suppose that could be good or bad . . . ]

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[A hotel/restaurant, in English that means it’s a place to stay and/or eat . . . ]

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[A mountain and a church . . . ]

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I can’t understand why men make all this fuss about Everest — it’s only a mountain.  ~ Junko Tabei, first woman to climb Everest

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[Located in the center of the village, the Super-Châtel gondola takes you at an altitude of 1650m.  I have no recollection of this . . . ]

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[Meanwhile, back on the slopes . . . ]

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[Nope, just doesn’t look good for skiing . . . ]

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[Walter and Roel and the fountain pond in Chatel . . . ]

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[Wrapping up the wind around pond walk . . . ]

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The only mountain that I would still like to climb: I’d like to break 85.  Peter Falk

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[Himself . . . ]

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Nature never hurries. Atom by atom, little by little she achieves her work.  ~  Ralph Waldo Emerson

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[The Château de la Bâtiaz was built in 1260 and is the only remaining witness to the medieval era (www.valais.ch/).  I think I’m correct, but I have no personal remembrance of this . . . ]

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The most beautiful gift of nature is that it gives one pleasure to look around and try to comprehend what we see.  ~  Albert Einstein

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[The covered highway, a defense against avalanches . . . ]

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[Dire fromage!]

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[The very definition of “tourist” . . . ]

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There is probably no pleasure equal to the pleasure of climbing a dangerous Alp; but it is a pleasure which is confined strictly to people who can find pleasure in it.  ~  Mark Twain

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[The monument at the entrance to the Mont Blanc Tunnel from the French side.  The Mont Blanc Tunnel is a highway tunnel between France and Italy.  It links Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, France with Courmayeur, Aosta Valley, Italy.  The passageway is one of the major trans-Alpine transport routes, particularly for Italy, which relies on this tunnel for transporting as much as one-third of its freight to northern Europe (Wikipedia).]

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[Mont Blanc (“White Mountain”) is the second-highest mountain in Europe after Mount Elbrus. It is the highest mountain in the Alps, rising 4,808 m (15,774 ft) above sea level. It is the eleventh-most prominent peak in the world.  The mountain stands in a range called the Graian Alps, between the regions of Aosta Valley, Italy, and Savoie and Haute-Savoie, France (Wikipedia).]

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The skiing center of the world is southeastern Indiana, where I like to call home. It looks like the Alps there; it’s crazy.  ~  Nick Goepper

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[If a playwright tried to see eye to eye with everybody, he would get the worst case of strabismus since Hannibal lost an eye trying to count his nineteen elephants during a snowstorm while crossing the Alps.  ~  James Thurber]
Up Next:  More Europe . . .

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