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May 18, 2009
I took this picture in September 2007, when Julie and I were in Europe for my buddy Trevor’s wedding. We spent the second week of our trip driving around northwestern Italy, mostly in the Aosta valley, which is surrounded by huge peaks, terminating in Mont Blanc (Monte Bianco as the Italians say), which is of course the tallest peak in the Alps.
We didn’t have a set itinerary, we just went wherever we felt like. We ended up spending a couple days at this little family owned and run hotel inside the big national park up there, Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso (named for Gran Paradiso, which is another huge peak similar to Mont Blanc, which is inside the park boundaries.)
The park is famous for it’s hiking trails, as well as for wildlife. (They’ve got a couple species there that are either extremely rare or nonexistant outside that area, like the Ibex (a mountain goat thing) and the Chamois (a little mini deer thing). We didn’t actually see any of either, but a couple British guys we were talking to saw a bunch on the trail they were on.
Our hotel was in a little village called Valnontey, in the valley with the amazingly coincidental name of “Valnontey Valley”, at the bottom of which is, surprisingly enough, the Valnontey River. As I mentioned before, we spent two nights there, and one full day. That day was spent hiking. We walked straight out of our hotel, and right into the mountains.
The trail followed the river up the valley for a ways, then headed straight up the valley wall, and then basically did a ring around the end of the vally, hiking along huge peaks and glaciers and such. Good stuff.
Here’s a link to the map for this image: http://tinyurl.com/qj53vk
Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300 mm lens. 1/200s, f7.1, ISO 100. Focal length: 50mm.