Saying goodbye to summer from the Aletsch Glacier

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Last August I met Marco for lunch. I was telling him how much I loved Finland and then he ask “Why don’t you come to visit Valais, in Switzerland, next September?”
My uncle Giovanni used to live in Basel. I have these beautiful memories of road tripping with my family to visit them every time we could. Switzerland is always a YES! to me. Incredible landscapes, good food and nice and polite people. That’s what you might expect if you travel there!
What I didn’t expect was the largest wine region in Switzerland as well as the largest glacier in the Alps, the Aletsch Glacier.

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We traveled to Brig from Milan and our first stop was Visp and its vineyards on our way to Visperterminen.
The day after was the “alcoholic” one. A distillates taste in the morning in Martigny – after a good and rich breakfast! – and a beer tasting in the afternoon. With an intermezzo of some good local white wine. Cheers!
The afternoon was spent at Four Banal, a public bake oven opened in 1905 and now restored by the local community where they make bread 5/6 times a year to serve the entire town.
After this food coma a Michelin dinner at La Table d’Adrien in Verbier was waiting for us thanks to the talented chef Mirto Marchesi and his creativity. This is the view from their terrace at sunset.

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The third day was all about raclette and an unusual and traditional at the same time cow parade!
And luizet apricots, the last of the season.

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The last day was the tough one for me. I had to face my fear of heights while hiking the majestic Aletsch Glacier, the largest glacier in the Alps part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
I wish I could have enjoyed it more, but probably I just have to find myself on the Belalp-Riederalp bridge next time to face this fear.
Auf Wiedersehen Switzerland!dsc05308

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