between austin and dallas theres this czech immigrant community and they have a surprisingly well-established store literally called the czech stop. anyways they sell pastries and i went there b/c i was driving down to a university in san antonio
Vøringfossen, Norway. Vøringfossen is the 83rd highest waterfall in
Norway on the basis of total fall. It lies at the top of Måbødalen in
the municipality of Eidfjord, in Hordaland. It has a total drop of 182
m, and a major drop of 163 m. It is perhaps the most famous in the
country and a major tourist attraction on the way down from
Hardangervidda to Hardangerfjord. Photo by ole.henrik.skjelstad Instagram
TIL Detroit once had a tourist attraction more popular than the Statue of Liberty. The Ford Rotunda was built for the 1934 World’s Fair and was the fifth most visited site in the U.S. before burning to the ground in 1962
With the exception of a few random places like Shankar’s International Dolls Museum, Vishala Environmental Centre for Heritage and Arts' Utensils Museum and Sudha Cars Museum, the blog hasn’t spent much time in India. Well, let me change that with this next post. Second only to the Taj Mahal in India’s tourism department, the Rock Garden of Chandigarh is probably one of the best known examples of outsider art. Beginning in 1957, government official Nek Chand began collecting materials from demolition sites in his spare time. He then made art out of the scrap and other waste materials, using bottles, glass, bangles, tiles, ceramic pots, and sinks. But he had to work in secret because he was using a location near Sukhna Lake in a deeply-wooded gorge, which had been designated as a land conservancy. By the time the authorities found out in 1975 Chand’s garden had grown into a 12-acre complex (today it is over 40 acres) of man-made interlinked waterfalls and courtyards filled with hundreds of concrete sculptures. You’d think a one-of-a-kind sanctuary would have faced the bulldozers. But despite protests and calls for Chand to be punished, the rock garden was turned into a public space and the artist continued his work. In 1990, a road for the exclusive use of VIPs was to be built right through the middle of the garden and trees were cleared for its construction. There was a lengthy court battle, eventually resulting in victory. But when Chand left the country in 1996 the government withdrew its funding and the park was vandalised. That incident, and the governmental scandal that resulted from it, birthed the Nek Chand Foundation, a non-profit organization that ensures his work will remain preserved, protected and open to the public for many years to come.
If you recall, I once told you about the Comic Strip Center in Brussels, Belgium. Well, Belgians really, really, really like comics…so much that they even have a comic strip walk that starts at the De Brouckere metro station and ends at the Comic Café on the Grand Sablon. Along the way you can see over 50 murals from the most famous and popular Belgian comics, like The Adventures of Tintin and Lucky Luke as well as by other artists, some more like street art than actual comic strips. As you walk the Stripmuur as it is known, you will also pass comic-themed statues as well as the Marc Sleen Museum (dedicated to the life of the comic book artist), the Museum of Original Figurines (also known as MOOF home to over 3,500 comic
strip figurines, objects and original boards and drawings), and of course the Comic Strip Center.
Our acrophobic friends may want to skip this post:
The John Hancock Center in Chicago has a truly breathtaking new attraction called Tilt. It’s glass enclosure located on the building’s 94th floor that holds eight people and tilts them forward, so that they lean out and take in a truly unique and adrenaline-packed view of the Windy City from over 1000 feet above the ground.
The woman leaving the Curio Shop is in for a very rude awakening. That flimsy fence will not constrain the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Verso: “GRAND CANYON CAVERNS on Route 66, twenty-two miles west of Seligman, Arizona, reveals new wonders almost daily as exploration continues. The Caverns were officially opened May 12, 1962, and are Arizona’s newest educational tourist attraction. The reception building contains an excellent restaurant and curio shop."