Photo credit: Ponte 516 Arouca
Measuring 1,692-feet long, Arouca 516 in Portugal is now the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge. It sits 574-feet above the Paiva River and is now open to the public, built at a cost of around $2.8-million USD. The structure itself is supported by two V-shaped concrete towers, and will takes approximately 10 minutes to cross. To keep guests safe, the floor and side railings are made of rugged metal grids, which also provide expansive views of mountains and river gorge.
Historians look back on Paris between the wars as a time when the French economy boomed, starting from 1921 until the Great Depression reached Paris in 1931. This period was called Les années folles or the “Crazy Years”, and the city reestablished itself as the capital of art, music, literature and cinema. This attracted hordes of writers and artists from around the world, including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, and Josephine Baker. “A Day in 1920s Paris” captures some of the energy during this vibrant time period.
Photo credit: Studio Puisto
Designed by Studio Puisto and located in Finland’s Kivijärvi Resort, the Nialiatta prototype is basically an elevated cabin that you can actually stay in that is held up by a single pillared foundation. Inside, you’ll only find the necessities in minimalist form, which includes a sleeping area, bathroom, and possibly kitchenette. This is just one of twenty five eco-cabins that will eventually be built at this unique resort.
At first glance, this may look like a medieval castle somewhere in Europe, but this is actually the Jilong Castle Country Club. This four-star resort,, located on a small island in the middle of Wanfeng Lake in southwestern China’s Guizhou Province, wouldn’t look out of place in a fairy tale, complete with a picturesque bridge linking it to the mainland. However, don’t let its looks fool you, staying a night here will only run you around $40 USD for a basic room.
The “Saved by the Whale’s Tail” sculpture, built in 2002 at De Akkers station in Spijkenisse, a city just outside Rotterdam, saved a metro train after it went off the tracks. Rather than crash 30-feet to the ground below, the tail managed to save the day, albeit with some minor damage. Thankfully, only the train operator was the only person aboard at the time, but there is still no clear reason as to why it didn’t stop in time.