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Pa Capona ~ The Bisse

When confronted with a dry mountainside and parched vineyards the industrious Swiss applied their engineering skills and ‘pa capona’ (it can be done) attitude to channel water from the wet side of Mount Prebe to the dry side.

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Debbie and our Neuf Torrent walking hosts Isabelle and Romeo Tichelli alongside The Bisse

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The Swiss of Valais live in a vertical world

Presently the solution involves an irrigation tunnel and holding lakes but back in the early 1900’s the solution was hand-dug channels along the precipitous sides of the mountain above Sion in the Valais region of the Swiss Alps.

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Clouds lifting after a grey and close start to the day

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Fresh apricots and tea along the way courtesy of Isabelle and Romeo Tichelli

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YIKES!

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Wine and cheese waiting at the far end of the Bisse walk

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The Bisse as a wooden channel hanging off the montainside

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The view from the Bisse Neuf Torrent

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Posted by bigdawg on July 9, 2013

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