After a typically good breakfast buffet, we set out to explore the small village of Simplon Dorf: after the building of the Simplon road they began building “official buildings” in the village – exactly halfway in between the two cities of Brig in upper Valais and Domodossola in Italy, which the road connected. Earlier buildings such as the “Old Tower” built in 1257, which became the school in 1545 stood until the late 1800s were rebuilt. On the main square – modeled after an Italian piazza – stand buildings from the 17th century (one more modern building was taken away during the 2008 renovation) as well as the church, built in 1725.
|Not a Harley in sight|
|a similar house is the oldest known one in Switzerland!|
|Wood is a staple at these altitudes|
|Old way of building - typical of the Italian architecture in the mountains|
|Lovely "shoemaker" sign|
|Another such building|
|Detail of a beam under a porch|
|On the village square - all the buildings date back to the 17th century|
|Inside the St.Gotthard church|
|Organ in the St.Gotthard church|
Then it was off down the mountain – Swiss law and order – and across the border at Gondo into Italian relaxedness.
In Gondo the monument to the smuggler as well as to those who died in the disastrous landslide of Oct. 14, 2000; mountain streams and gorges; neither winter nor yet truly spring.
|The rebuilt Stockalperturm Hotel|
|Cascade by the road|
|Memorial to the flooding and mudslide of 2000|
|Bell in memory of the 13 victims|
And so “on to Italy” - destination revealed.