Waterfall of the "thundering brook"
The view down is only for those with a head for heights. At this point, the Pöllat plunges about 30 meters into the depths after it had previously made its way through the Königswinkel in the Allgäu. The most scenic part of the approximately ten kilometer long torrent leads through the Pöllat Gorge near Hohenschwangau. It is easily accessible via an iron footbridge and a hike offers spectacular viewpoints, for example on the Marienbrücke, which spans the gorge at a height of 90 meters.
The Pöllat overcomes an altitude difference of around 645 meters on its way down into the valley. It is no coincidence that the name is derived from the Celtic "Bellat", which means something like "thundering brook". If you are in the mood for culture after an excursion into nature, you will find a special attraction not far from the Pöllatfall. Neuschwanstein Castle, owned by the Bavarian fairy tale king Ludwig II, is one of the most beautiful castles in Germany.
A path into history
When it comes to tourist destinations, the Wuhou Temple in the city of Chengdu, China, must be among the world's oldest. It's been attracting visitors for nearly 1,800 years and remains one of the most popular attractions in all of China. Located in Sichuan province, this temple complex was constructed to honor two principal members of the Shu Han state (221-263) of China's early Three Kingdoms period. And although the founder of Shu Han, Liu Be, is honored with his own temple and shrine here, the real headliner is one of China's most important historical figures, Zhuge Liang, who is remembered as a great wit, scholar, astronomer, statesman, and military strategist. In fact, the name Wuhou itself derives from the Chinese title 'Marquis of Wu,' which was an honorary title given to Zhuge Liang while he served.
The Wuhou Temple complex is about 37,000 square meters in size, and is graced by winding, peaceful paths lined by trees. It contains not only the temples devoted to Liu Be and Zuge Liang, but also a famous garden, a mausoleum, and important cultural relics like the Tablet of Triple success.
马哈拉施特拉邦的Varandha Ghat，印度 Varandha Ghat in Maharashtra, India (© AmitRane1975/iStock/Getty Images Plus)
50 shades of green…
Foggy roads and high altitude - do these send an adrenaline rush through your body? Well, then head to Varandha Ghat to experience some more. A mountain passage located between NH4 and Konkan in Maharashtra, India, is an ideal place for nature lovers and adrenaline junkies. The lush green mountains, scenic waterfalls, and lakes make this place a good tourist attraction. The best time to visit is monsoon season.
Behold the blood moon
We've heard the phrase 'many moons,' but never took it this literally. We're looking at 28 merged photos of our one and only moon over Utah's Monument Valley: 26 snapshots of its partial phases, plus two layered exposures of the eclipsing moon at center.
If the weather's agreeable tonight, folks in the US and many other parts of the world are in for a total 14-minute eclipse of the full moon similar to this one from 2015. The lunar eclipse is sometimes called a blood moon for the crimson shadow Earth casts on the lunar surface, and tonight's show carries a little extra gravity: The eclipse will occur as the moon takes its closest pass to Earth this year, making it appear large in the sky and giving it the ominous title of Super Blood Moon.
A bridge come full circle
If residents of Aarhus, Denmark's second-largest city, feel like they're going around in circles, then it might have something to do with this wooden walkway. The Infinite Bridge, or 'Den Uendelige Bro' to locals, spans about 200 feet in diameter and forms a perfect circle overlapping the sand and sea, offering sweeping views across Aarhus Bay and along the tree-lined beach. Designed by Danish architects Niels Povlsgaard and Johan Gjødes, it was originally constructed as a temporary display in 2015 for the city's Sculpture by the Sea exhibition. But the never-ending pier proved so popular with visitors, it has since become a permanent fixture during the spring and summer months.
如果丹麦第二大城市奥胡斯的居民觉得自己在兜圈子，那么这可能与这条木制走道有关。这座名为“Den Uendelige Bro”的桥直径约200英尺，形成一个完美的圆形，覆盖着沙滩和大海，可以俯瞰奥胡斯湾和绿树成荫的海滩。由丹麦建筑师尼尔斯·波夫尔斯加德（Niels Povlsgaard）和约翰·吉恩（Johan Gj）设计ø它最初是在2015年为该市的“海边雕塑展”临时搭建的。但事实证明，这个永无止境的码头非常受游客欢迎，因此在春夏两个月里，它就成了永久性的固定设施。
So many books, so little time
May 23, 2021 marks the 110th anniversary of the opening the of the New York Public Library's Main Branch (now known as The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building). Back just before the turn of the 20th century, a group of New York City businessmen decided that if their hometown was ever going to compete with Paris and London as a center of urban culture, then it needed a great library.
It took almost two decades and a lot of brainpower and money to create the architectural masterpiece that stands today on New York's 42nd Street. On the day it opened to the public, 30,000 to 50,000 people streamed through its doors to take in the architecture and gaze at the one million books on display. The first book request was filed at 9:08 AM and was delivered to the reader 6 minutes later through the library's rapid delivery system. Since then, it's become part of the very fabric of New York and has been featured in movies from 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' to 'Ghostbusters' to 'Spiderman.'
Today, we turn our gaze to the Beaux-Arts delight that is the Main Branch's Rose Reading Room. It is truly one of the city's great public spaces, a lavish hall where one can come to escape the bustle of the city streets and the honking of taxis. This room underwent an extensive renovation after one of the gilded rosettes crashed to the floor in May 2014. Now it's all spiffed up and in perfect form for its anniversary celebration.
Blue paradise on the Costa Brava
On Spain's Costa Brava, about 45 miles north of Barcelona, lies a perfectly preserved medieval town just beyond the enceinte (stone wall) you see curving up the hillside. La Vila Vella (The Old Town) blends with the more modern, larger city of Tossa de Mar. Here, the 21st century melds beautifully with the 14th.
Modern hotels are just out of the camera's viewfinder. Visitors can spend their days sunbathing on the beach, diving in the sea or strolling La Vila Vella's narrow, winding streets past centuries-old architecture. Just beyond the defensive walls is the deep blue sea. It was this view that inspired French painter Marc Chagall to nickname Tossa de Mar 'blue paradise.' In fact, Tossa de Mar has long been a haven for artists. Actress Ava Gardner loved the town so much while making two movies there in the '50s that the town has erected a statue in her memory.
A path lain with petals
Pisgah National Forest, in western North Carolina, is primarily a hardwood forest boasting 500,000 acres of mountainous peaks and cascading waterfalls that attract hikers, anglers, mountain bikers, and more. But from mid-May to mid-June, the crowds flock here to hike trails that lead to incredible views: acres of native Catawba rhododendrons in full blossom.
The trail pictured here leads to Grassy Ridge Bald and to the 'rhodies.' Grassy Ridge Bald is one of several treeless, grassy ridges found in Pisgah's Roan Mountains, which straddle the Tennessee and North Carolina border. The area boasts not just Catawba rhododendrons, but also huge swaths of orange flame azaleas and wildflowers. If you're lucky, you may even spot the rare Gray's Lily, which was first discovered on Roan Mountain.
International Museum Day
On International Museum Day, we're looking at the Centre Pompidou Málaga in Spain, an offshoot of the modern art museum in Paris. This location was introduced in 2015 as a pop-up branch—a temporary, underground space for exhibitions and multi-disciplinary experiences as well as workshops dedicated to younger audiences. Originally scheduled for a 5-year run, it was extended until 2025. The piece we see here, 'El Cubo,' created by French artist Daniel Buren, is the only part of the museum that's visible above ground. The glass cube functions as a multicolored skylight, its panels projecting tinted light into the subterranean museum's courtyard below.
International Museum Day began in 1977, with participating museums, galleries, and similar institutions offering free or reduced admission, as well as programs to highlight the work they do. In 2020, the format was adapted to focus on virtual activities, and this year will offer a mix of online, hybrid, and in-person events. As museums around the world begin to re-open their doors, this year's theme is 'The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine.'
在国际博物馆日，我们看到的是西班牙拉加蓬皮杜市中心，巴黎现代艺术博物馆的一个分支。2015年，这一位置作为一个弹出式分支引入，是一个临时地下空间，用于展览和多学科体验，以及专门为年轻观众举办的研讨会。原计划运行5年，延长至2025年。我们在这里看到的是法国艺术家丹尼尔·布伦（Daniel Buren）创作的“El Cubo”，这是博物馆中唯一能在地面上看到的部分。玻璃立方体的功能就像一个五颜六色的天窗，它的面板将有色光线投射到地下博物馆的庭院下面。