Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Bridges


Cee has requested bridges for her Fun Foto Challenge this week, so not to be let out of the fun, I went in search of a few bridges which I’ve either crossed or passed underneath.

My absolute favourites are the New England covered bridges which I have posted before, but some of you may have missed them. I’d always wanted to go ‘leaf peeping’ in theΒ  Fall, and a few years ago my wish came true. Having read and wept over the book and the movie, “Bridges of Madison County” of course I needed to visit a few of these bridges which in my mind had such romantic connotations.

I was surprised to find that some of them were quite small and not much bigger than a single garage.

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This is a much longer one, and it was rather dark and a bit eerie inside.

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You might be wondering why the bridges are covered. I found an explanation which said that the trusses of the bridge are made of heavy timber, and these are the expensive part of the bridge. If they fall apart due to exposure to the elements, then the bridge is finished. An unprotected wooden bridge will last maybe ten years, but if it’s covered, it can last for centuries.

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Whilst I’m showing you cute bridges, let me include this one in West Sussex, England. The country lanes are so narrow, and so the bridges are quite small across. They’re also not very high, hence the height warning for trucks. We did once see one that had got stuck underneath. πŸ™‚

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This one in Barcelona, connecting two buildings across the street, is even cuter. I believe this is called a skyway.

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This one over the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok is much bigger, being 658 metres long.

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Italy has some of the most gorgeous bridges I’ve seen, and the Ponte Vecchio in Florence goes way back to Roman times.

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Venice of course needs many bridges, and they are all absolutely charming, although it must take a lot of practice and skill to maneuver the tradesmen’s barges underneath them.

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Here in South Africa, we have the ‘Nelson Mandela Bridge’ which is over the railway lines at the Johannesburg Train Station.

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Just up the road from where I live, is the ‘Millennium Bridge’. Stainless steel has been used in its construction, because resistance to corrosion is vital to such a structure, which is permanently exposed to the harsh coastal conditions here.

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There are so many bridges on the drive up to my sister’s house, the most notable of which is known as ‘Spaghetti Junction’. I’m sure you can see why. A few years ago, a truck on one of the bridges, jack-knifed, and part of the horse and trailer fell onto the road beneath, with one of the containers landing right in front of someone’s car. Fortunately the driver of the car was able to slam on brakes in time.

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My last bridge, also on the way to my sister’s, is the bridge to nowhere at the moment. This is as far as this new interchange has progressed in two years. It’s anyone’s guess when it will be completed.Β  (TIA)

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my bridges, and hope you will visit Cee’s blog to see the bridges she’s posted for the challenge.

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68 comments on “Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Bridges

  1. Pingback: Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Bridges | Anotherdayinparadise2's Blog

  2. A international tour of bridges! The Ponte Vecchio has a mystery and beauty all its own … as long as we ignore the fact that it’s just another shopping mall these days.

  3. I love the covered bridges and the Barcelona bridge as well. I too loved the movie Bridges of Madison County.

      • I did and I must admit that a part of me wanted Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood to stay together. The passion they seemed to share was intoxicating.

  4. What a wonderful collection of bridges. I’m glad you included some SA bridges.
    I’ve driven through several covered bridges in Vermont but I didn’t know that bit of trivia about roof on the bridge i.e
    “An unprotected wooden bridge will last maybe ten years, but if it’s covered, it can last for centuries.”
    hah hah the bridge to no where photo is really great!

  5. Wow, AD,you constantly blow us away with how you are “up” for these challenges πŸ™‚

  6. thanks so much della tua visita nel mio blo. ho trovato bellissime foto di Venezia anche quim insieme alle altre dei ponti
    ciao, ciao
    Ventis

  7. I’ve always wondered why those ‘Madison County’ bridges are covered (thanks for the info). You have great pics here, I love the skyway in Barcelona – very cute indeed! πŸ˜‰

  8. I loved the Italian bridge, Ponte Vecchio in Florence, such atmosphere! The Millenium bridge is a bit of a disappointment to me as is the Nelson Mandela bridge. No real individuality at all. Clinical and cold, I think. Spaghetti Junction – well! Accidents hold up the traffic for ever. Hope it has been sorted by now.

  9. You have captured a lot here. As I was reading and looking, I kept wondering about the many great bridges that you have seen in your travels, including those you didn’t capture in a pic. Nonetheless, this is a great collection.

  10. And the New England bridges STILL make me watch to shout, “Watch out for that headless horseman behind you, oh dear too late…better luck next time”

  11. A great selection of top bridges! I’ve seen the ones in Barcelona and Venice and they deserve to be here (so thanks for including them ;-)) and I agree with Sonel – for me that bridge says Beetlejuice πŸ˜‰

  12. Oh, I just love bridges AD and your selection is just beautiful! I love the 3rd one. Made me think of one of my fav movies of all time : Beetlejuice. LOL!
    Thanks for sharing hon! *hugs*

  13. “Likes” are not working. Have a “smiley” instead. πŸ™‚
    Often wondered why the Americans cover their bridges! Thanks for the explanation.

  14. I get stuck on Nelson Mandela bridge quite often while I wait for traffic in the afternoons. At one stage I thought that there was something wrong with my car because everytime I stopped there, it felt like it was sort of bouncing and I thought there was something wing with my car. Only after about a month or so did I realise that it was the bridge that was moving ever so slightly which was making my car bounce πŸ˜•

  15. My friend, you have crossed some bridges … in your life and in the world. What a gallery.
    Florence has been on my bucket list for years … just haThe Barcelona one I have on photo myself. Splendid gallery.

  16. What a great array of bridges, especially the covered bridges of “Madison County” fame (I loved that movie too!) and the ones in Venice. πŸ™‚

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