Switzerland | 30-31 July 1928

DATE July 30th 1928
PLACE Furka Pass, Switzerland
Today we arose early to go up the steep ascent of the Rhone Glacier. We ate lunch in a quaint little town called Brig and continuing on our way we climbed to the highest point of the Glacier about 10,724ft. Then we proceeded to Furka pass [1]. We went into the Glacier and Marie Duval and Elizabeth Mizell & I climbed as high as possible on the mountain directly opposite the Hotel Furka Passenhöhe. Spent the night there.

ON THIS DAY
George Eastman, the US innovator and entrepreneur who founded the Eastman Kodak company (1888) and popularised roll film, shows the first colour motion pictures in the US. Eastman killed himself on 14 March 1932, as he was suffering chronic pain due to a spine illness.

rhone glacier 1928DATE July 31th 1928
PLACE Furka to Lugano Swisse
Today we started down the grade to a small town where we caught the train to Lugano. We went through a tunnel 12 1/4 miles long & it took us 15 minutes. Then after an uninteresting ride we arrived at Lugano which is a beautiful town on a [beautiful] lake.

ON THIS DAY
Halina Konopacka of Poland becomes the first woman to win a track and field Olympic gold medal (Amsterdam).

lugano_postcard_1928

30_JulyEDITOR’S NOTES
Furka Pass[1] The Furka Pass ls part of the popular three-passes trip over the Furka, Grimsel and Susten. Coming from central Switzerland, you begin the climb over the Furka Pass at the village of Realp. The road continues around a series of hairpin bends up to the pass head at 2431m altitude. On the Valais side, after about three kilometres, you reach the 1907-built Hotel Bélvèdere where the view opens up to the Rhone Glacier, the largest glacier in the Urner Alps and the source of the Rhone river. In 1850, the glacier swept down to the valley floor but it has lost some 1300m over the past 120 years. This is where you can take a detour to the ice grotto, which is re-cut into the glacier each year. The road continues to wind down to Gletsch at 1759m altitude, where you can find the Furka steam railway (which operates during the summer months) and the Grand Hotel Glacier du Rhône, the same kind of hotel that Vincent’s tour group would have stayed at.

[sic] Although Vincent misspells words in his journal, we have kept them as he wrote them.

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