This past weekend, my friends Sue and Cindy and I went to Aosta, Italy, for a day of shopping and dining. I'll be doing a series of photos from Aosta for the next few days. These first photos are of the approach to and the entrance to the Mont Blanc Tunnel.
Construction on the tunnel started in 1942 and opened to traffic in 1965. It connects France with Italy and passes through the French-Italian Alps under Mont Blanc--Europe's highest peak at 15,781 ft (4,810 m) above sea level. In 1999, a Belgian semi-truck hauling flour and margarine caught fire. The ventilation system in the tunnel failed and 39 people lost their lives.
Photo copyright: Janet Kincaid, 06/09