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Between Chamonix and Martigny, just above the Swiss village Emosson, take that narrow steep tar road to... that amazing place. Not shown on the picture, the curved dam - very impressive, I'll post a view sometime soon - and that deep blue lake surrounded by snow-covered mounts.

I particularly like going there in that period of the year as the colors and the light give a unique romantic feel. It's just a few weeks before it all turns white, the water level is still high and you start seeing snow here and there.

Recently, there were some construction works as the lake was being connected to another higher one with underground pipes and pumps - the idea is to pump water to a higher altitude during low consumption periods - but the site is still very accessible to pedestrians. Also, lots of wonderful hikes around, great views over the Alps and some glaciers. A must-see.

© Bertrand Godfroid

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