Exploring Dublin’s Long Room
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Measuring 65 meters (213 feet) in length and housing more than 200,000 of Ireland’s oldest books, the Long Room at Trinity College Library in Dublin stands as a historical and cultural masterpiece.
The library is the largest in Ireland and dates back to the establishment of the university college in 1592. It holds more than 6 million printed works spanning 400 years.
The Long Room was originally built with a flat ceiling, but it was expanded to accommodate upper shelves and a gallery in the 1850s after the library was given legal deposit status in 1801, meaning it receives free copies of all material published in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
In addition to the numerous written works housed within the library, the Long Room also boasts marble busts of great philosophers, writers and artists as well as Ireland’s oldest harp.
Redefining Ruin in Budapest
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Budapest’s seventh district was left war-torn and abandoned during World War II. Today, these semi-destroyed walls in the city’s Jewish quarter are bursting with activity, creativity and community in romkocsmák, or ruin pubs.
The pub Szimpla Kert opened in 2004 and pioneered a trend that has been sweeping the city for more than a decade: turning old, unused spaces into vibrant places for community to come together. Most ruin pubs are filled with mismatched and repurposed furniture, funky art installations and a lot of style. At Szimpla Kert, for example, tourists and locals alike can enjoy afternoon drinks from the seat of a stripped-down Communist-era car in an open-air garden or visit an art exhibition in this factory-turned-apartment-complex-turned-bar. At night, local DJs transform the space, blasting soundtracks through winding dance rooms.
Ruin pubs inconspicuously take the place of abandoned rooftops, apartment building and car parks, and offer concerts, theater performances, film screenings, art exhibits and community workshops—far more than local Hungarian food and drink.
Exploring Vietnam’s Paradise Cave (Động Thiên Đường)
500km (310 miles) south of Hanoi in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a small portion of a beautiful cave opened in 2011 and now attracts local and visiting Instagrammers to capture what’s inside. Paradise Cave (Động Thiên Đường) is part of cave system that extends for 31km (19 miles), making it one of the longest dry caves in the world. Though originally discovered by a local in 2005, the cave was later explored in full by the British Cave Research Association. The explorers also gave the cave its name after being impressed by the extraordinary limestone formations with towering stalactites and stalagmites that they found inside.
Venturing into Venezuela’s Angel Falls
Venezuela’s El Salto Ángel, or Angel Falls, is the tallest uninterrupted waterfall in the world. Towering over Canaima National Park at 979 meters (3212 feet), the waterfall is 19 times the height of Niagara Falls.
To access Angel Falls in the heart of Venezuela’s isolated jungle, visitors must have an adventurous spirit. After first flying to Puerto Ordaz or Ciudad Bolívar to reach the park, visitors are taken to the base of the falls by guides in dugout wooden canoes.
Though originally known as Kerepakupai Vená (“Waterfall of the Deepest Place”) in the indigenous language of the Pemon people, the falls came to be known by their current name in 1937 after American pilot Jimmie Angel’s plane crashed at the mouth of the falls.
Finding Shade Under Sevilla’s Metropol Parasol
The Metropol Parasol provides a modern aesthetic against the medieval backdrop of Sevilla, Spain’s old quarter. Arguably the world’s largest wooden structure, it towers 28.5 meters (93.5 feet) over La Plaza de la Encarnación. Inside, one can visit a farmer’s market, archaeological museum, bars, restaurants and an elevated plaza providing beautiful panoramic views of the city. Most importantly, the stunning structure of interlaced panels (supported by concrete and steel) provides the people in the sweltering capitol of Andalucía with a precious resource: 5,000 square meters (53,819 square feet) of shade.
Completed in 2011, no two parts of the Metropol Parasol are the same. It stirs conversation among residents and tourists alike, and is described differently by nearly every person who sees it. Whether one compares German architect Jürgen Mayer-Hermann’s intricate design to waffles or mushrooms (one popular local nickname for the structure is Las Setas de la Encarnación or “The mushrooms of La Plaza de la Encarnción”) many appreciate the six connected parasols that replaced what was previously a car park.
Another fun fact? The structure in the center of hot and sticky Andalucía also claims an additional record—as the world’s largest structure held together by glue.
and the evil eye tree.
over the mountains and under the sea… talk about an adventerous life
Christ of the abyss, San Fruttuoso, Italy
and Christ Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Le Pont Des Arts, Paris, France
On this bridge, if the lovers kiss each other, they’ll be happy together ever after! So even if there’s no such a thing called the lovers’ padlock, the beautiful Siddhi Island and the twinkle lights from the faraway Eiffel Tower, and the ancient scenery which hasn’t change her view for over 200 years seem to be the best expression of the sincere love for each other.
Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand
A Buddhist Temple inspired by Sci-Fi Movies.