The Tibetan Bridge, Claviere, Italy
Walk on the longest Tibetan Bridge in the world above the stunning Italian countryside. As a walking bridge with spaced steps, this bridge is not for the faint of heart. Once you start walking across this bridge, suspended over 30 meters (100 feet) above rocky terrain, make sure you will be able to finish the journey. For lovers of nature and adventure, its a definite item for your bucket list. The scenery from the bridge includes lush greenery, waterfalls, wildlife and flowing streams, all from a spectacular aerial view.
The bridge is suspended over the San Gervasio Gorge (Val di Susa) for almost 470 meters (1,540 feet) and in some places is almost 100 meters (330 feet) deep. The bridge has four ropes and a total of 1440 steel steps. There are a set of three bridges throughout the gorge that go between the towns of Claviere and Cesana Torinese in Italy. A way to travel the Italian countryside in an exciting and novel way.
Six Beautifully Formed Natural Bridges
A natural bridge, also called a natural arch, is formed by erosion that occurs in massive, horizontally bedded sandstone or limestone. Some bridges, such as the Natural Bridge near Lexington, Virginia (picture 2) are formed by the collapse of a cavern’s roof that may leave remnant portions as bridges. Others may be produced by entrenched rivers eroding through meander necks to form cutoffs. Still others are produced by exfoliation and may be enlarged by wind erosion. Superb examples can be found at Rainbow Bridge National Monument (picture 3) and the Natural Bridges National Monument (picture 6), both in Utah.
A Floating Village with No Roads
The idyllic village of Giethoorn in the Netherlands has no roads. The only access to move about is by water on a boat through one of the many beautiful canals or on foot over its many wooden arch bridges. Cars have to remain outside the village. Giethoorn was founded by a group of fugitives from the Mediterranean region around 1230 AD. The village still has an old world feel, as though visitors have stepped back in time to a quieter and more peaceful era.
Located in the province of Overijssel, there are four miles of canals and farmhouses with thatched roofs dating back to the 18th century. Giethoorn is a popular tourist attraction and has been given the nickname “the Venice of the Netherlands.” Cycling and sailing, as well as a guided canal tour, are some of the many ways to see all of the village’s rustic charm.
The Gothic Denham Bridge
This is an old pack horse Bridge across the River Tavy. Although only a minor road, Denham Bridge Lane is the main highway not far from Buckland Monachorum, a beautiful small village on Dartmoor in South Denham, England.
Devil’s Bridge in Ardino, Bulgaria
Constructed in the early 16th century by the Ottoman Empire, Dyavolski most, or the Devil’s Bridge, is the most stunning of the humpbacked bridges that cross the Arda River in Bulgaria.
The bridge, also known as ”Sheytan Kyupriya,” is located near the town of Ardino, which even has a water fountain shaped like the bridge (picture 3). The bridge spans 185 feet long, 11.5 feet wide, and at its gravity-defying central arch stands 37.7 feet high. Interior semi-circular arches were built in to monitor the water level. It was built over a demolished Roman bridge and cuts from the steep slopes of the Rhodope Moutains along an ancient road.
However, the reason some locals are hesitant to cross at night is rooted in dark lore. One story is that the head builder’s wife passed away during construction, so her shadow was encased in the structure. Another tale has it that the devil’s footprint can be found somewhere on the rocks. While this is all folkloric myth, it does make for a somewhat unsettling vista in the darkness with its towering form.