bridges

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge

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You may have read the children’s book “The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge”. Well this is in fact Little Red Lighthouse with the Great Gray Bridge (George Washington Bridge) on its left.

The book begins by introducing the lighthouse and its job of warning the boats on the busy Hudson River of the rocks nearby. Every night a man climbs up to the top of the lighthouse and turns on its flashing light. When there is fog, the man additionally turns on the lighthouse’s fog bell. The lighthouse is pleased with and proud of its important job (Wikipedia)

You can see it from the Hudson River, or if you visit Fort Washington Park in New York.

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Brooklyn Bridge

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The magnificent Brooklyn Bridge towers over our small ferry-boat as we go for a ride around Manhattan. It was constructed in the late 1800’s; at 484m span, for a long time it was the biggest suspension bridge in the world.

Corinth Canal

The Corinth Canal chops the Peloponnese peninsula off the mainland of Greece.

Cds IMG 3497We found this lovely little footbridge crossing the canal, and if you looked down the canal you could see the water of the canal, going all the way from the Adriatic sea to the Aegina sea. While its only about 6km long, it reduces the shipping distance by over 300km. It was built in the 1880’s – before the Suez and Panama canals, although to be fair it is much shorter.

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When I say we found it, we had to look really hard for it, quite literally driving down a dirt road past a rubbish dump to eventually find this footbridge across the canal. It was worth the drive because the bridge has such lovely lines, and the view up and down the canal is spectacular.

Swietokrzyski Bridge

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The Swietokrzyski Bridge (don’t ask me to pronounce that – it means Holy Cross) is a suspension bridge across the Vistula river in Warsaw. I took these two pics when I went for an afternoon run to explore the city. I love the converging lines that the support cable create as they climb to meet in the sky.

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