Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Millaui Viaduct

Someone sent me an e-mail of this bridge and the picture attached was awesome. It was quite large and I couldn't get it to change to the size I needed for here. However I did find a couple more photos of this awesome bridge to share.

This is the Millau viaduct which is part of the new E11 expressway connecting Paris and Barcelona and features the highest bridge piers ever constructed. The tallest is 240 meters (787 feet) high and the overall height will be an impressive 336 meters (1102 feet), making this the highest bridge in the world.

I just cannot imagine going across this bridge and it boggles my mind what men can build!!



This picture was taken by Nicolas Janberg.











This second photo was taken by Daniel Lavabre.
I read somewhere that when the clouds come in it's more like flying than driving!! I would love to see this bridge someday!!

22 Comments:

Blogger Jim said...

I'm ready for that! It would be fun to drive or to ride a motorcycle on.
I saw also that there was a marathon using that bridge. It may have been the starting point.
There was an article about it, maybe in an airline magaine. I'm not for sure where I saw it, but there were pictures.
Your pictures are very prety.
..

9:05 AM  
Blogger PEA said...

I'm terrified of heights...can you see me on this bridge???? Aarrggghhhh! lol I had gotten an email about this bridge a while back and I'm still in awe that it was actually built!! xox

10:29 AM  
Anonymous tracey said...

Er...thanks...but I'll be taking that road down there at the bottom! I'll bet it's pretty cool to see in the clouds, though.

11:54 AM  
Blogger Susie said...

I brought my husband in to see this photo. He said that he recently read that until this bridge, one had to travel the road that you can see winding up and down from the mtns, through the valley and up the mtns again. Amazing!!
:)

12:25 PM  
Blogger Clara....in TN said...

Rachel, can you Google Earth it? My daughter has Google Earth downloaded in her computer and she walked me down The Great Wall of China. It felt like you were really there.

4:15 PM  
Blogger DayByDay4-2Day said...

all I can think is WOW

5:25 PM  
Blogger b13 said...

That is a beautiful sight and a marvel of what we can accomplish.

7:32 PM  
Blogger Miki said...

Rachel, it almost looks unreal! Marvelous!

3:45 AM  
Blogger Kendra Lynn said...

WOW. Now that is amazing.

Kendra

6:33 AM  
Blogger "Early Bird" said...

Wow...that is awesome!
:)

6:36 AM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

It is a beuatiful bridge to look at but I have no desire to travel on it. Heights!!!
Thank God for the earth beneath my feet!

2:15 PM  
Blogger Doug Bagley said...

I'm with pea, I'm scared of heights and as much as I love motorcyling, you won't see me riding one, or driving a car for that matter, across that bridge anytime soon. When you go, take pics to share with us fraidy cats, lol.

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Jerry said...

Rachel,
I'm with you. That looks like fun.

5:38 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Hi Rachel -- I found a little about that race and put it on my blog for tomorrow.
Mostly just a couple of pictures and referenced your blog for reading about the bridge.
..

8:27 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Me Too, Me Too! I have seen some other pictures of this bridge and it is absolutely awesome...Hard to comprehend, really, isn't it? I sure would love to see this bridge too, and drive over it!

1:46 AM  
Blogger Cliff Morrow said...

Yeah Rachel, I could build something like that as long as I don't need to leave the ground. But beautiful pics. Stay safe.

4:14 AM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

That is so cool! I'd like to drive on it.
It's a terrible thing to think, but I see this, and it makes me think that it is a possible target for terrorism.
I've never been to Europe.
I would really like to go there someday.
My brother will be going there for two weeks: Venice and Prague and two other places. He's playing piano for a touring group.
That bridge is superb!

7:47 AM  
Blogger "Early Bird" said...

Hi Rachel...I'm just stopping back in as sometimes Bloglines is not hi-liting all my feeds.
You know if you think about it...if we could see the land below the water bridges it would probably be amazing!
:)

10:52 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

WOW!!! That bridge is AWESOME and I'd love to ride across it. I wonder how windy it is riding on that bridge.

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Poetry said...

4 June 2007



After the storm, my mine cleared.


And a high wind arose and blew the tropics north.




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running quartz crystals through a blender.

sand through your engines.

bubbles in your bays.

estuaries reaching out toward forbidden seas...

sand through your eyes.









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5 June 2007




Calm as baby's breath


as peaceful as the storm's eye


Clouds spread and drawn with rough strokes of stratospheric winds


a warm and windy tropical day.





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7 June 2007


Black water at dusk.

Lighting on the horizon.


Warm winds coming in across the darkening waters.


A flash of white wings as an egret takes flight.


And Thunder like God clearing his throat.





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8 June 2007




Morning star in the still of the clear, dark waters.


a sky as clear eyed as a young girl.


bruised and tattered storm remnants limp off in the gathering light.

4:49 AM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

There was a program on educational television about building this megaproject. It is a marvelous engineering feat. The old road looked interesting as it wound down into the valley through picturesque French town.

12:56 PM  
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