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Ponte Vecchio

Filed under: Bridges, Italy, Landmarks

The Ponte Vecchio (Italian for Old Bridge) dates back to the 14th century.  It spans the Arno river in Florence and is filled with shops.  It is said that the concept of bankruptcy originated on the Ponte Vecchio.  When a merchant could not pay his debts, the table where he sold his items (“banco”) was broken (“rotto”) by soldiers.

Related Photos from Flickr:

The Ponte Vecchio bridgeLast lights of the night, first lights of the day (in Florence)DSC_0590Ponte VecchioFlorence – City of the RenaissancePonte Vecchio PanoramaBalconcino di pregio

Golden Gate Bridge

Filed under: Bridges, California

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California was completed after more than four years of construction at a cost of $35 million and it is a visitor attraction recognized around the world. The Golden Gate Bridge opened to vehicular traffic on May 28, 1937 at twelve o’clock noon, ahead of schedule and under budget, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a telegraph key in the White House announcing the event.

Related Photos from Flickr:

SDIM0022.jpgAngels and a BridgeBirth of a BridgeGolden Gate Bridge - View from the Pavillon parking lotGolden Gate Bridge - Pano view of Vista PointGolden Gate Bridge - Vista Point info