National Geographic : 1969 Jul
trees (preceding pages). There was not a gas station or a souvenir shop in sight, not so much as one billboard or no-parking sign. It was the kind of unspoiled spot travelers seek but seldom find. Hard Life in a Granite Village Foroglio is a compact settlement, built to last. Its houses stand straight and true along a short, steep street leading up to the church. The steps, the walls, the streets, and the fence posts are all of the same granite. Even the shingles were sliced from the neighboring quarries. The speckled gray cotton skirts worn by the village women reflect the color of the stone. Behind the village a waterfall thunders over a towering cliff, and a steep path leads up to higher pastures where village sheep graze. "In our village, farming is hard-it's a rich man who owns cows," said Remo Tonini. We sipped small glasses of red wine at the Ristorante alla Cascata, the hamlet's only private enterprise. Signor Tonini was a small man, but hard as rock. His sun-scorched face, his hands, rough and scarred from years of work in the quarries, made him look older than his 31 years. "Here a man can't live by farming alone," he explained. "I worked two years on the new valley road, later in the quarry. Now I have my own business, cutting and selling stone. "Every year more tourists visit the village," Signor Tonini said. There were a few hikers now, with their rucksacks, sitting in the little ristorante. "Most are just looking for scenery, EKTACHROME (ABOVE)ANDKODACHROME(I) N.G.S. Bringing Africa to the Alps, the traveling Circus Knie features a bareback rider on a lumbering rhinoceros-an astonishing sight for children and grownups alike in the Gruyere area, where horned animals are considerably more docile and produce some of the world's most famous cheese. A clown (above) strives to elicit a response from a stubborn sousaphone.