Sights for Sore Eyes

 

The Eiffel Tower. The Statue of Liberty. The Pyramids. The Taj Mahal. Famous landmarks all over the world draw tourists like magnets. But what happens when the dedicated traveler has seen them all? New adventures are waiting for them with these recent sights.

Bridges

Dare to walk out on to it? The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a glass bridge 1,219 meters above the Colorado River. Walking 20 meters out over the massive hole will allow you a view straight down through to the rocks, colored by the sunset, and to the river below. The Skywalk can hold the weight of 71 fully loaded Boeing 737 airplanes; is protected against extremely powerful wind speeds and earthquakes with a strength of 8.0 on the Richter scale.

Henderson waves bridge. Courtesy of GokuPhoto @Flickr

Hidden amongst the trees near Mount Faber in Singapore is the Henderson Waves pedestrian bridge. Made from steel and wood, this bridge leads you 284 meters along sloping paths with spots for sitting, relaxing and enjoying the view and some people watching. It has rib-like pieces that act as shelters with seats for public events. From the bridge you can see the harbor and it is lit so you can visit at night and enjoy the city lights.

Museums

Art-lovers won’t know whether to go inside the Museo Soumaya in Mexico City or enjoy the building from the outside. It resembles a wave on a Mexican street and was the dream of Carlos Slim, currently the world’s richest man. His son-in-law, architect Fernando Romero, designed the museum for Slim’s large art collection, which includes sculptures by Rodin and paintings by Van Gogh, Diego Riveria, Miro and El Greco. A notable feature is the 16,000 hexagonal aluminum plates on the exterior.

MAXXI, Rome Italy. Courtesy of loungerie @Flickr

The new museum designed by Zaha Hadid in Rome is also just as fascinating outside as the art inside. The museum is the new Italian national center for the exhibition of contemporary art and architecture. The interior immediately captures your attention – staircases wind up through the floors; open balconies allow visitors to appreciate the space, and floor to ceiling windows fill the rooms with light. MAXXI’s permanent exhibitions include architect collections, photography, and works by Italian and international artists mainly from the mid-20th century.

Parks

Sands SkyPark surely gives new definition to the word ‘park.’ It is 200 meters off the ground, reaching across three skyscrapers in Singapore. Sands SkyPark contains an infinity pool, a couple of restaurants, a bar, and a botanical garden. Non-hotel guests can visit an observation deck, but most attractions are only for guests of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.

In South Korea, a run-down part of the city has been transformed into an urban park. Officials in Seoul carried out a huge project – removing a highway to reveal a stream that runs through the center of the city. Now, residents can enjoy a nearly six kilometer stroll along a small river, right through the center of town. It’s a refreshing break from the stress of city life.

Original article by Jacy Meyer – Phoenix, Arizona. Text edited by The Word’s methodology team

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The Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, the Pyramids and the Taj Mahal are all famous landmarks. Many tourists visit them. But where do you go if you want to visit something new?

Bridges

The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a glass bridge 1,219 meters above the Colorado River. When you walk 20 meters out over the massive hole you can see straight down through to the rocks and the river below. The Skywalk can hold over 2000 tones and is protected against very powerful wind speeds and earthquakes with a strength of 8.0 on the Richter scale.

On Mount Faber in Singapore is the Henderson Waves pedestrian bridge. Made from steel and wood, this bridge is 284 meters long and has places for sitting, relaxing and enjoying the view. It has shelters with seats for public events. From the bridge you can see the harbor. At night you can enjoy the city lights.

Museums

Art-lovers won’t know whether the inside or the outside of the Museo Soumaya in Mexico City is better. The building looks like a wave on a Mexican street. It was the dream of Carlos Slim, the world’s richest man. His son-in-law, architect Fernando Romero, designed the museum for Slim’s large art collection, which includes artwork by Rodin, Van Gogh, Diego Riveria, Miro and El Greco.

The outside of the new museum designed by Zaha Hadid in Rome is also interesting. The museum is the new Italian national center for the exhibition of contemporary art and architecture. The inside has a winding staircases; open balconies let visitors see all the space, and floor to ceiling windows fill the rooms with light.

Parks

Sands SkyPark surely gives new meaning to the word ‘park.’ It is 200 meters off the ground. It reaches across three skyscrapers in Singapore. Sands SkyPark has a pool, a couple of restaurants, a bar, and a botanical garden. Non-hotel guests can visit an observation deck, but most attractions are only for guests of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.

In Seoul, South Korea, an old part of the city has been made into a city park. A stream was found under a street. Now it runs through the center of the city. Residents can enjoy a walk along it. It’s a refreshing break from the stress of city life.

Original article by Jacy Meyer – Phoenix, Arizona. Text edited by The Word’s methodology team

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The Eiffel Tower. The Statue of Liberty. The Pyramids. The Taj Mahal. Famous landmarks the world over are tourist magnets; must-sees for any world traveler. But what happens when the determined globe trekker checks them all off their list? New adventures await with these recent more inventive sights.

Skywalk. Courtesy of Grand Canyon West

Bridges

Dare to walk out on to it? The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a glass bridge suspended 1,219 meters above the Colorado River. You are not allowed any personal belongings, including cameras, but the glass loop puts you “into” the Canyon like no other experience. The brave will walk 20 meters out over the gaping hole for a vertical view down through the sunset-hued rocks to the river below.

Obviously, with an engineering project of this magnitude, a number of safety factors have been put into place. For example, the Skywalk can hold the weight of 71 fully loaded Boeing 737 airplanes; withstand wind speeds of more than 160 kilometers per hour and hold up if an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 on the Richter scale struck.

Henderson waves bridge. Courtesy of GokuPhoto @Flickr

Nestled amongst the trees near Mount Faber in Singapore is the Henderson Waves pedestrian bridge. This steel and wood structure carries you 284 meters along sloping paths with spots for sitting, lounging and enjoying the view and some people watching. The bridge is the largest man-made structure in Southeast Asia. Its unique structure is made up of rolling rib-like pieces that form alcoves that double as shelters with seats for public events.

Strolling along the bridge, besides marveling at the architecture, you’ll enjoy harbor views, followed by what seems like a nature walk through the treetops. Visiting at night (the bridge is lit) offers city views with the lights of Singapore.

Museums

Museo soumaya. Courtesy of A30_Tsitika @Flickr

Fans of art won’t know whether to go inside or simply stand outside and stare at the Museo Soumaya in Mexico City. Like a cresting wave on a Mexican street, Soumaya was the dream of Carlos Slim, currently the world’s richest man according to Forbes magazine. His son-in-law, architect Fernando Romero, brought the museum to life to house Slim’s extensive collection of art, most notably the largest collection of Rodin sculptures outside of France. Covered on the outside in 16,000 hexagonal aluminum plates, the all-white interior also houses works by Van Gogh, Diego Riveria, Miro and El Greco.

MAXXI, Rome Italy. Courtesy of loungerie @Flickr

A closer museum that’s just as fascinating outside as the art inside is the new museum designed by Zaha Hadid in Rome. MAXXI was conceived by Italian cultural heritage officials to be the new national center for the exhibition of contemporary art and architecture. The interior is enthralling – ripples of staircases wind up through the floors; open balconies give visitors the opportunity to take in the space and floor to ceiling windows in some areas flood the rooms with light. MAXXI’s permanent exhibitions include architect collections, photography, and works by Italian and international artists mainly from the mid-20th century.

Parks

Well, the name of this next wonder is Sands SkyPark, so we’ll include it in this section. But it surely gives new definition to the word ‘park.’ First, this park is 200 meters off the ground, straddling three skyscrapers on the Singapore skyline. Looking a bit like a beached cruise ship, Sands SkyPark features an infinity pool, a couple of restaurants, a bar, and a botanical garden. There’s an observation deck that non-hotel guests can visit, but most attractions are exclusive to those staying in the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.

In South Korea, what could have been left as a blighted part of the city has been transformed into an urban park. Officials in Seoul undertook a massive project – removing a highway to reveal a stream that runs through the center of the city. Now, residents can enjoy a nearly six kilometer stroll along a small river, right through the center of town. Lined with bushes and flowers, the walk provides a cool and refreshing break from the stress of city life.

Jacy Meyer – Phoenix, Arizona

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