Bridges of the World

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Greetings from Porto, Portugal!  Actually, I’m writing this in Chester, England, but I prepared a few posts ahead of time in advance of TBU.  Believe me when I say that there’s no time for blogging at conferences.

This week, the #FriFotos theme is “bridges” — another excellent and diverse theme.  I had fun going through my photo albums, looking for notable bridges around the world!

I couldn’t start this photo essay without a photo of Dom Luis Bridge in Porto:

They say that in Porto, the easiest way to anger a local is to say, “What bridges?”  Porto’s bridges are its pride and joy.  If this one looks strangely familiar, know that it was designed under Gustav Eiffel.

And for something completely different — this bridge in Pai, Thailand, freaked me out so much that I was almost afraid to cross it!  It looked like it was going to fall apart any minute.  The bridges tend to wash away whenever it rains hard.  I did the smart thing and chose a guesthouse on the town side of the river.

Paris has many famous bridges crossing the Seine, but the most famous one is the Pont Neuf, sitting just west of the Ile de la Cité.

One of my favorite border crossings in my travels was the wooden covered bridge on the edge of Vaduz, Liechtenstein — you enter from Liechtenstein and exit in Switzerland!

Of all the bridges in Istanbul, the most famous one is the Galata Bridge.  It’s famous for its fisherman, its fresh fish sandwiches, and its location between the cultural region of Sultanahmet and the modern Galata, leading toward Beyoglu.

A much smaller, more traditional bridge sits on the placid surface of Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Few bridges today are as symbolic as the Old Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

I loved this outlandish bridge in Amman, Jordan — it reminded me of the Zakim Bridge in Boston!

One of the most famous sights in Vietnam is the Japanese bridge in Hoi An.  Back in the day, Hoi An had a sizable Japanese settlement.  Today, the Old Town of Hanoi is a UNESCO World Heritage Sight, and it’s filled with artwork and a Buddhist pagoda.

And finally, there’s the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy — the bridge that has stood the test of time, surviving since the Middle Ages and avoiding bombing during World War II.  Since the reign of the Medicis, the bridge has been filled with jewelry shops.

Which photo is your favorite?

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18 thoughts on “Bridges of the World”

  1. I love the little wooden bridge between Liechtenstein and Switzerland. Europe is so full of character! Maybe that is why I love it so much:-) And it is awesome that you actually crossed that bridge in Pai, Thailand. I would be definitely freaked out crossing that one!

  2. That bridge from Thailand looks terrifying! I don’t know if I would have had the -for lack of a better term- balls to cross it! haha It’s a really interesting bridge to include in this post, very unique! : )

  3. I love the Istanbul bridge, because I’ve been on it. I walked on top one direction, and underneath, along the restaurant and bars, in the other.

    But the one in Bosnia is the most beautiful!

  4. Galata Bridge in Istanbul for sure.Lovely photo. Thanks to that photo, you’ve inspired me to travel in these parts of the world–even though it’s not my first choice.

  5. ”… this single span,
    Reaching for the world, as our lives do,
    As all lives do, reaching that we may give
    The best of what we are and hold as true:
    Always it is by bridges that we live.”
    Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. “Bridge for the Living.”

  6. I simultaneously love and fear bridges. I honestly would prefer to walk across them instead of driving across them so Paris’s bridge are more my style. Really fun to see this collection of bridges!

  7. The bridge from Lichtenstein to Switzerland looks awesome! I remember a similar covered wooden bridge in Innsbruck, Austria. Very cool. 🙂

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