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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Kawazu-Nanadaru, Japanese Double Loop Spiral Bridge

Kawazu-Nanadaru, Japanese Double Loop Spiral Bridge — An excellent example of this is one of the Japanese road called Highway 414, or rather part of it, which is a rise of the mountain. Raise the road up the mountain is not a trivial task and there is no standard approach. In some countries, paving the way to the mountain gentle zigzags. This method is one of the easiest, but it also has some drawbacks. 

Japanese road called Highway 414, or rather part of it, which is a rise of the mountain. Raise the road up the mountain is not a trivial task and there is no standard approach.

Monday, 15 December 2014

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct | The Longest and Highest Aqueduct in Britain

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is a navigable aqueduct that carries the Llangollen Canal over the valley of the River Dee in Wrexham County Borough in north Wales. Completed in 1805, is the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain, its is the first navigable cast iron aqueduct in the world and a Grade I Listed Building and UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1999. The aqueduct, built by Thomas Telford and William Jessop, is 1,007 ft or 307 meter long, 11 ft or 3.4 meter wide and 5.25 ft or 1.60 meter deep. It consists of a cast iron trough supported 126 ft or 38 meter above the river on iron arched ribs carried on eighteen hollow masonry piers (pillars). Each of the nineteen spans is 53 ft or 16 meter wide., and has undergone a recent renovation. In 2007 it was reopened, allowing its use since they perform daily sightseeing cruises along the entire route tours.

Pontcysyllte aqueduct on the llangollen canal. Pontcysyllte is pronounced 'pont-ker-suth-tee'.
Pontcysyllte aqueduct on the llangollen canal. Pontcysyllte is pronounced 'pont-ker-suth-tee'. Image credit Gareth Davies

The Nubra Valley | A Precious treasures of Ladakh, India

Nubra is a tri-armed valley located to the north east of Ladakh valley. Diskit the capital of Nubra is about 150 km north from Leh town, the capital of Ladakh district, India. The Nubra Valley literally means the valley of flowers. The average altitude of the valley is about 10,000 feet above the sea level. The Khardong village, Khalser and Deskit are the main villages of Nubra valley. At first glance, the valley seems parched and dry, but this is prime farming land by Ladakhi standard. Here the farmers grow apples, apricots and barley and harvest the orange berries of the Tsetalulu. Dotted around the valley are ancient gompas and ruined palaces and villages are close enough together to make this magnificent walking country. The people of Nubra Valley are friendly and hospitable. The Nubra Valley is indeed a precious treasures of Ladakh where people still living in the complete isolation for most of the year from rest of the world in the heart of the great Himalayas.

The Nubra Valley literally means the valley of flowers. The average altitude of the valley is about 10,000 feet above the sea level. The Khardong village, Khalser and Deskit are the main villages of Nubra valley.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

The Vizcaya Bridge | The World's Oldest Transporter Bridge

The Vizcaya Bridge, also called Vizcaya Bridge, Suspension Bridge or Bridge Palace (Bizkaiko Zubia, in Basque) is a transporter bridge conceived, designed and built by private initiative between 1887 and 1893, linking the two banks of the Nervion River in Vizcaya and was inaugurated in 1893, the first of its type in the world. The bridge receives several names. Its official name is "Puente de Vizcaya", although its most popular and widespread name is that of "Hanging Bridge" that sometimes tend to add the extensions "of Portugalete", "Getxo" or even "Bilbao". Also usually given the names of "Bridge Portugalete", as this is one of the locations that unites, and "Palace Bridge" in honor of its architect Alberto Palacio. The bridge links the town of Portugalete with neighborhood of Las Arenas, which belongs to the municipality of Getxo and both banks of the estuary of Bilbao. Its construction was due to the need to link existing resorts on both sides of the river, for the industrial bourgeoisie and tourists in the late nineteenth century. The design was the work of Don Alberto Palacio Elissague, also known by its participation in the construction of the Crystal Palace Retiro Park in Madrid.

The Vizcaya Bridge, Bizkaiko Zubia in Basque, Puente de Vizcaya in Spanish, was constructed over 100 years ago to connect the neighborhoods Portugalete and Las Arenas the part of Getxo, across the linking the two banks of the River Nervion in Vizcaya, Spain.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

The Windmills of Consuegra, Spain

Consuegra is famous for its windmills. These are the same ones, though restored,  that Don Quixote fought in Cervante's novel "The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha"  when he mistook the sails for the arms of giants. Because of the windmills Consuegra is part of the 'Don Quixote trail' which takes travellers around the main sights mentioned in the book.

The first windmill appeared more in the 11th century, although in Castile-La Mancha it was not before the 16th century.

Friday, 12 December 2014

The White Horse of Uffington, England

The Uffington White Horse is a highly stylized prehistoric hill figure, 110 meter long, formed from deep trenches filled with crushed white chalk. The figure is situated on the upper slopes of White Horse Hill in the English civil parish of Uffington (in the county of Oxfordshire, historically Berkshire), some 8 km south of the town of Faringdon and a similar distance west of the town of Wantage; or 2.5 km south of Uffington. The hill forms a part of the scarp of the Berkshire Downs and overlooks the Vale of White Horse to the north. Best views of the figure are obtained from the air, or from directly across the Vale, particularly around the villages of Great Coxwell, Longcot and Fernham. The site is owned and managed by the National Trust and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Landscape format aerial view of the White Horse chalk hill carving near Uffington in Oxfordshire.
Landscape format aerial view of the White Horse chalk hill carving near Uffington in Oxfordshire. Image credit Nick White

Thursday, 11 December 2014

The Duquesne Incline | The oldest funicular of USA

The Duquesne Incline  is an inclined plane railroad, or funicular, located near Pittsburgh's South Side neighborhood and scaling Mt. Washington. Designed by Samuel Diescher, the incline was completed in 20 Nov. 1877 and is 800 feet or 244 meter long, 400 feet or 122 meter in height, and is inclined at a 30 degree angle. It is an unusual track gauge of 5 ft (1,524 mm). Originally steam powered, the Duquesne Incline was built to carry cargo up and down Mt. Washington in the late 19th century. It later carried passengers, particularly Mt. Washington residents who were tired of walking up footpaths to the top, the oldest funicular of USA. Inclines were then being built all over Mt. Washington. But as more roads were built on “Coal Hill” most of the other inclines were closed. By the end of the 1960s, only the Monongahela Incline and the Duquesne Incline remained.

The Duquesne Incline  is an inclined plane railroad, or funicular, located near Pittsburgh's South Side neighborhood and scaling Mt. Washington. Designed by Samuel Diescher.
The single car of the Duquesne Incline prepares to enter the station on Grandview Avenue.  Image credit Phil Squattrito