Archive for the ‘World’ Category

Most of you probably haven’t been born when artist Scott Weaver started working on his incredibly complex kinetic toothpick sculpture, “Rolling through the Bay”, 35 years ago. The elaborate sculpture is comprised of multiple “tours” that move pingpong balls through neighborhoods, historical locations, and iconic symbols of San Francisco, all recreated with a little glue, some toothpicks, and an incredible amount of ingenuity. He admits that there are several toothpick sculptures even larger than his, but none has the unique kinetic components he’s constructed. Scott Weaver estimates he’s spent over 3,000 hours on the project.

I have used different brands of toothpicks depending on what I am building. I also have many friends and family members that collect toothpicks in their travels for me. For example, some of the trees in Golden Gate Park are made from toothpicks from Kenya, Morocco, Spain, West Germany and Italy. The heart inside the Palace of Fine Arts is made out of toothpicks people threw at our wedding.

The winners of annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest have been announced, with a group of ten photos coming out on top, plus one Viewer’s Choice winner. These eleven images were chosen from more than 12,000 entries submitted by 6,615 photographers from 152 countries.

All submitted photographs fit into one of four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments.

If these incredible photos chosen from more than 12,000 entries don’t inspire you to hit the road, nothing will.

This is a collection of the most amazing, gorgeous and magnificent bridges in the world. Sometimes it is unbelievable, how human could build these enormous constructions.  Check this out and tell us which one you would like to cross the first.

Akashi Kaikyo bridge (Japan)

The Akashi-Kaikyō Bridge or “Pearl Bridge”, has the longest centralspan of any suspension bridge,  at 1,991 metres (6,532 ft).

The two main supporting towers are 282.8 m (928 ft)  above sea level.  There are more than 300,000 kilometres (190,000 mi) of wire used in steal cables: each cable is 112 centimeters (44 in) in diam eter and contains 36,830 strands of wire.

This magnificent “Pearl Bridge” cost more than 500 billion yen and is being used by 23 000 cars per day.

Magdeburg water bridge (Germany)

The Magdeburg Water Bridge is a navigable aqueduct in Germany that connects the Elbe-Havel Canal to the Mittelland Canal, and allows ships to cross over the Elbe River. At 918 meters, it is the longest water bridge in the world.

Millau Viaduct (France)

The Millau Viaduct in France is the world’s tallest vehicular bridge. It is 2,460 m long, 32 m wide & 343 m high. In 2004, after 17 years of planning and work, it was finally completed and formed the missing link in the A75, connecting Paris and Perpignan. Construction cost was approximately €400 million

Oresund bridge (Sweden – Denmark)

Oresund Bridge linking Denmark with Sweden is the longest road and rail bridge-tunnel in Europe. The bridge runs nearly 8 km (5 miles) from the Swedish coast to the artificial island of Peberholm, which lies in the middle of the strait. The remainder of the link is by tunnel from Peberholm to the Danish island of Amager.

Royal Gorge bridge (USA, Colorado)

The Royal Gorge Bridge is a tourist attraction near Cañon City, Colorado. The bridge is 955 feet (291 m) above the Arkansas River,  and held the record of highest bridge in the world from 1929 until 2001, when it was surpassed by the Liuguanghe Bridge in China.

Lake Pontchartrain bridge (USA, Louisiana)

The Lake Pontchartrain bridge  consists of two parallel bridges crossing Lake Pontchartrain in southern Louisiana, United States. The longer of the two bridges is 23.83 miles (38.35 km) long. Since 1969 it was in Guinness World Records as the longest bridge over water in the world

Khaju bridge (Iran)

Khaju Bridg is the finest bridge in the province of Isfahan, Iran.  It was built in 1650 C.E. by the Persian Safavid king, Shah Abbas II , on the foundations of an older bridge. The existing inscriptions suggest that the bridge was repaired in 1873.

Henderson Waves bridge (Singapore)

Henderson Waves  is a 274-metre (899 ft) long pedestrian bridge.  It is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore raised at 36 metres (118 ft) above Henderson Road. It connects Mount Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park.

We live in a world blessed with sights that are beautiful beyond words. Every human being probably dreams of visiting at least one of those places in their lifetime. Living in modern cities with high-rise buildings, we tend to miss out on what Mother Nature has to offer as well as some of the most incredible man-made structures built throughout the course of history.

Look at the places below, and you will see beauty that fills the eye and warms the heart. It wouldn’t be appropriate or humanly possible to just pick a few places from the huge collection of amazing sights around the world and call them the “best.”

Wisteria Tunnel

Japanese city of Kitakyushu, which is 4 hours away from Tokyo, known for its flower garden Kawachi Fuji, where the main adornment is Wisteria Tunnel. Every year, from April to May flowers from the garden Fuji Kawachi of Kitakyushu city making it a show bloom almost surreal.

Cinque Terre, Italy

It is in the Liguria region of Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hotel La Montaña Mágica

The four-star lodge is the middle of a 120,000 hectares native forest (a UNESCO biosphere reserve), and the hotel is built inside a man-made volcano that erupts water from the top which flows down the sides. Covered in moss and vines, wooden winding hallways wrap up the organic-looking structure.

The Crooked Forest

The Crooked Forest is a grove of oddly-shaped pine trees located outside Nowe Czarnowo, West Pomerania Poland. This grove of approximately 400 pines was planted around 1930, when its location was still within the German province of Pomerania. It is generally believed that some form of human tool or technique was used to make the trees grow this way, but the method and motive are not currently known.

Tunnel Of Love

This beautiful train tunnel of trees called the Tunnel of Love is located in Kleven, Ukraine. Nothing else is known about this place. Can anybody throw some light here.

Blue Lagoon Hot Springs

The Blue Lagoon spa is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. The steamy waters are part of a lava formation. The spa is located in a lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwestern Iceland.

Ice Canyon

Grand ice canyon in Greenland is one of the coolest and most freezing places you could ever visit, with water flowing deep through big ice bergs presents an immense eye catching and marvelous scenes. The canyon is usually 30 to 40 meters deep and is one of the most photographed places of Greenland, no doubt for ice lovers Greenland is not much then paradise

Ball Pyramid

Located 20 km southeast of Lord Howe Island, in the Pacific Ocean, Ball’s Pyramid rises 562 meters above the waters. Ball’s Pyramid is all that remains from a shield volcano that  was formed 7 million years ago and is the tallest volcanic stack in the world.

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef systemcomposed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometres over an area. The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in north-east Australia.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. The national park was founded in 1949 and is situated in the mountainous area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“Cloud” is an interactive art  installation by artist Caitlind r.c. Brown that appeared  September 15th in Alberta, Canada. The artwork is made of 1000 working light bulbs with pull chains and 5000  burn out lights donated by public. Visitors could pull out the pull chains to cause cloud shimmers.

Check out the photographs and video of this amazing interactive art installation and tell us what do you think!