Monday, May 26, 1650
The party travels upstream along the Rhone River from Montreux, which flows into the east end of Lake Geneva. The slope is gentle, the land itself is flat and heavily farmed; throughout the first day, Sunday, there are nor hills to climb, no forests to pass through ... only the magnificent mountains to the south and the north, through which the wide plain of the Rhone passes through. There are a great many people moving along the road, as many as three or four dozen in sight at a time, making this the busiest road the party has been on. Andrej speaks to a party of four Italians, who explain that the road forks at Martigny, east into Sion and southwest where it leads to St. Bernard Pass into Italy. It is the traffic to Italy that makes the road busy.
There being little doubt this price will be paid, the party continues into the lush valley of Sion. The thin rain ceases, the sky remaining overcast, and at last the twin hillocks of the town of Sion come into view. The manor house is seen on the right, and the castle (shown here in ruins) and monastery on the left.
I love this image.