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Lago Verde, Névache, Hautes-Alpes.

The Green Lake, also called Lago Verde (the panels have kept the original Italian name), is one of the local sights, a "must see". It owes its particular color to its shallow depth coupled with the strong presence of algae. Numerous dead trees are entangled in the lake, which adds to the beauty of the site. It's really worth to go right round the lake to enjoy different views, even if the path is not always easy (fording ...)

The lake is accessible on foot by a short walk fairly easy access from the barns of the Vallée Etroite (Narrow Valley). Attached to the commune of Névache since 1947, the high vallée Etroite has a unusual destiny, between France and Italy. Italian until 1947 (municipality of Bardonecchia), she was attached to France following the Treaty of Paris. Some houses form the small village of "Les Granges de la Vallée Etroite", all owned by Italian families. Only two alpine shelters are inhabited year-round. Although located in French territory, they are managed by the CAI (Italian Alpine Club). Telephone lines are Italian, as most signs. The small village chapel has a small sign written in French, but some errors that punctuate the phrase made me smile.

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