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    Fountains

    by gmg61 Written Dec 16, 2006

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    Favorite thing: In Scuol you can find a couple of big fountains in the centre of the old village. They were the real focal point of the everyday life in the past years: women gathered here to wash clothes and men in the evening, coming back with the animals, that drank from the fountain

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    Typical houses

    by gmg61 Written Dec 16, 2006

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    Favorite thing: In Scuol you can find many specimen of the typical houses of Engadin, made of stone, with small windows very ddeep in the façade and big entrance doors.
    The buldings are very often decorated with "sgraffiti": they are drawings made by scratching the exterior plaster layer. Sometimes you can also find colourful frescos. All this drawings are mainly geometrical or they are some sort of abstraction of a painting, like the tree you can see in the pictures below.

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    The mineral sources of Scuol

    by gmg61 Updated Dec 11, 2006

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    Favorite thing: A special geological location makes Scuol a special place for mineral waters. The town is located on what's called the "Geological Window of Engadin", a cave created by erosion through the different layers of the surface.
    Magma gas comes to the surface, finding a thinner layer, and gets in contact with water, creating Hydro-Thermal waters rich in CO2 and minerals like Calcium, Magnesium and so on.

    The first use of mineral waters in Scuol dates to 1369.

    Fondest memory: In Scuol there are 4 main water springs
    LUZIUS SPRING
    It's a high sulphur spring; its waters contain sulphates, magnesium, calcium, carbohydrate and chlorine.
    SFONDRAZ SPRING
    It give one of the calcium highest waters in Europe. Waters contain sulphates, calcium, sodium and chlorine
    BONIFAZIUS SPRING
    It gives alkaline, sodic, calciferous, chalybeate waters with carbohydrate. Water's most curative elements are calcium, magnesium and iron.
    LISCHANA SPRING
    Alkaline sodic waters with sulphates, magnesium and carbohydrate.

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    Quaint Villages

    by german_eagle Written Jul 20, 2003

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    Guarda

    Favorite thing: A "Must Do" in the Lower Engadine are strolls through the quaint villages. Most of them nestle high above the valley floor on sunny terraces. All of them remained their structure through centuries. Small squares with fountains, surrounded by beautiful stone houses, which are decorated with magnificent sgraffiti. Each is similar, but different in details.

    The most picturesque villages are Guarda, Ardez, Scuol and Sent.

    Fondest memory: It's the athmosphere! Especially in Guarda or lower Scuol (Scuol Suot) you feel that time stands still, an athmosphere like 400 years ago.

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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Historical Travel

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