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Bagnes...

Bagnes... Mmmm... One of my favourite cheeses (you can eat it straight, or in raclette or fondue)... Oh, it's also a valley in Switzerland (Val de Bagnes) which is where the cheese comes from and where I went camping a couple of days.

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Bagnes... MMmmm... One of my favourite cheeses (you can eat it straight, or melted in raclette or fondue or heaps of other ways)... Oh, it's also a valley in Switzerland (Val de Bagnes) which is where the cheese comes from and where I went camping a couple of days.

The Val de Bagnes is in the part of Switzerland called Valais and is close to the southernmost tip of Switzerland. At the top of the valley, there is a an arch dam that is the second largest in the world with a height of 250.5m (at 1975m or 6500' of altitude) and a length of 520m holding up to 204 million cubic metres of water. The lake formed behind it covers 226 ha (558 acres) and has a length of approximately 5km. It is an impressive piece of engineering that was built between 1951 and 1958.

Here are some pictures from around the camping site and up to the dam...
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Posted by CVMB2010 07:05 Archived in Switzerland Tagged backpacking

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