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"Like Flying a car"

2004-12-14 14:35:09.656765+00 by petronius 5 comments

I once heard somebody say that of all man's constructions, only bridges look like they were grown naturally. The latest example: The Millaume Viaduct the world's highest highway bridge, just opened in France. Utterly gorgeous.

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#Comment Re: made: 2004-12-14 16:07:09.976054+00 by: Dan Lyke

Cool! Thanks, I saw one view of it and wanted to find more. Hopefully he's learned his lessons from the Millenium Bridge...

#Comment Re: made: 2004-12-14 16:37:17.542647+00 by: Diane Reese

When I was younger, my fever dreams often included one where I was driving a car up and over a long, high bridge that frightened yet compelled me. I think it was this bridge. Absolutely stunning... yet my stomach drops out when I view the photos. (Heights and I have a complex relationship with each other. You wouldn't recognize me near the edge of the Grand Canyon.)

#Comment Re: made: 2004-12-14 17:00:44.004968+00 by: Dan Lyke

We need to go climbing sometime, Diane. Does wonders for one's relationship with heights.

But, yeah, that does evoke the "I'm unable to stay in the center of this narrow ribbon high up in the air" dream.

#Comment Re: made: 2004-12-14 22:18:53.350526+00 by: Dan Lyke

Here's what appears to be the official website of the Millau Viaduct, but I'm getting an awful lot of load related error messages. Hopefully the engineering on the bridge is better than that on the web server.

#Comment Re: made: 2004-12-15 14:26:30.891276+00 by: petronius

Heard a thing on NPR where they interviewed the mayor of Millau, the French Capital of Gloves as he termed it. When the reporter said the height on the bridge must be dizzying, the mayor replied, "You are not on the Earth, but in the Sky!"

I looked at the website and the map, and see that the town of Clermont-Ferand is mentioned. Isn't that the town at the center of The Sorrow and the Pity?