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On Monday, Claire went on school trip to the Emosson dam, in the Trient valley, in front of the magnificent Mont Blanc panorama. The Emosson dam was built between 1969 and 1975, and it’s the Swiss’s second largest dam (capacity 227 millions m3).
She did the route by car from the school up to Châtelard (1125 m – 3690 ft); the car was well filled, because Claire and her colleague left with another class and its teacher.
Then, from Châtelard, she took the steepest two carriages funicular in the world ! This funicular has a maximal slope of 87% ! In 10 minutes, Claire had arrived at Montuires station (1825 m – 5987 ft).
From there, the little panoramic train led her during 10 minutes on the mountain side up to the foot of the Emosson dam. The landscape was simply amazing.
Finally, Claire arrived within 5 minutes at the Lake Emosson (1965 m – 6446 ft) by means of Minifunic, which slope reaches 73% all the same !
From there, she had an nice walk on the dam and on the lakesides with her pupils. On the way back, she showed them the charming chapel of Gueulaz, dedicated to Notre-Dame-Des-Neiges.
The day took place smoothly, and everybody was delighted. The trip back was made by the same way.
Upon her arrival at the house, Claire dreamed only about one thing : take a shower ! Thus I had to verify myself that she had emptied her bag well before tidying it up until the next excursion.
Wow! Those views are magnificent. I don’t like heights and the journey there and back would make me very nervous, but it would be worth it to see that amazing vista.
That is so beautiful, amazing! Thanks so much for taking us along!
Wow! That is just incredibly beautiful. Wow!
Wow, the scenery is just breathtaking!
Such a wonderful trip and I love the trains!
You live in such a beautiful country.
Beautiful photos, thank you for sharing. XO
Whoaa, such gorgeous, stunning scenery! These are some beautiful photos. Those mountains are incredible. Thank you for sharing such beauty.
Wow, that is totally breathtaking! I bet not many mice or cats get to go up there!? What a wonderful excursion, I bet yourmom wants to go again, too, I think I would.
Toodle pips and purrs
What a fantastic view. I’ll bet you were so tired when you got home. Lovely memories. Thanks for the trip. Pixie, did you want to go too? hehe
just looking at that funicular made my dizzy!! Look beautiful though
Wow…that was an amazing trip!!
The Florida Furkids
So very amazing to see those mountains and all the beauty there! Thanks for letting us go on that trip with you as it were.
Wow! That is amazing and beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂
Amazing pictures of an amazing view, Pixie. Granny couldn’t watch the videos to long, she has fear of heights so she got shivers when she saw how high it was 😀 Pawkisses for a wonderful week ahead 🙂 <3
Mum says she has always wanted to visit Switzerland.
pixie N zorro; pleez ta tell claire we said manee thanx for sharin de fotoz; de countree iz bee ewe tee ful….. we iz knot sure we wood look down… onze up; but !!!! 🙂 ♥♥♥
Now you’ve gone and done it…made me think I live in the flatlands! We have no mountains, only some slightly rolling hills if you drive away from Lake St. Clair. Everything around here was scoured flat by the glaciers. Was the elevation high enough to make it hard to breathe?
What an amazing trip Claire and her students were able to take. They were able to take a funicular and train, see a dam, chapel, and beautiful scenery. And then she came home to a gorgeous Pixie!
I am so jealous! I haven’t seen such beauty for a long time. And how cool is the dam and the lake? Definitely adding this to my bucket list!
Beautiful scenery! The lake reminds our humom of Lake Louise in Banff, here in Canada 🙂
It would be exciting to see the view from the train panoramique!
the critters in the cottage xo
MeOW That’s bootyful. And the train looks a little skeery. But we thought school was out.? Big hugs
Dezi and Raena
Not yet. School will be out on July, 6th. Purrs
What an amazing scenery! You made me want to visit Switzerland 🙂