30 August 2017

Bridge over the Pregolya River in Kaliningrad (Russia)

The origins of graph theory are humble, even frivolous …  The problems which led to the development of graph theory were often little more than puzzles, designed to test the ingenuity rather than the stimulate the imagination.  But despite the apparent triviality of such puzzles, they captured the interest of mathematicians, with the result that graph theory has become a subject rich in theoretical results of a surprising variety and depth. 

Leonard Euler, about the Königsberg Bridge Problem, origin of Graph Theory

17 August 2017

Golztsch Viaduct over the Golztsch River Valley between Mylkau and Netzschkau, Saxony (Germany)

Vogtlandheimat traut und schön, Land der frischen grünen Auen. deine waldumrauschten Höhn tief hinab zu Tale schauen, wie ein Spielzeug hingestreut, sind die Dörfer mit den Hütten, drinnen wohnen schlichte Leut, mit viel Fleiß und guten Sitten
Deine Scholle rauh und hart, ist nicht sonderauserkoren, doch wir sind nach Väter Art, Heimat ewig dir verschworen, wer im Grunde dich erschließt, fragt nach keiner süßen Labe, liebt dich wie du grade bist, und vermißt doch keine Gabe.

Lyrics of traditional Vogtlandlied

Old Bellows Falls Arch Bridge over the Connecticut River between Bellows Falls (Vermont) and North Walpole (New Hampshire) in United States

On thy lov'd banks, sweet river, free
From wordly care and vanity,
I could my every hour confine,
And think true happiness was mine.

Sweet river, in thy gentle stream
Myriads of funny beings swim:
The watchful trout with speckled pride;
The perch, the dace in silvered pride;
The princely salmon, sturgeon brave,
And lamprey, emblem of the knave.
From the Ode To Connecticut River
Josias Lyndon Arnold

16 August 2017

Saint John Bridge spanning the river Nysa Klodzka in Klodzko (Poland)

John of Nepomuk, confessor of the queen of Bohemia, refused to divulge the secrets of the confessional. At the behest of King Wenceslaus of Bohemia he was thrown from the Charles Bridge in Prague and drowned. John of Nepomuk is patron saint of bridges and this bridge takes its name from him.

Bohemian legend.

10 August 2017

Narrows Covered Bridge over the Sugar Creek in the Turkey Run State Park, Indiana (United States)

I came upon a covered bridge
Weather-beaten and old,
Where deep blue stream and wooded ridge
Were framed in twilight gold.

It was wonderful to see
A scene so old and quaint,
A rustic masterpiece
That only God could paint.

I stood by that old bridge,
And watched the stream flow by,
While gentle winds caressed the trees
That touched the Hoosier sky.

Arthur Franklin Mapes

Scarassoui Viaduct over the Roya River Valley in Fontan, Alpes Maritimes (France)

Un bello e orribile mostro si sferra,
corre gli oceani, corre la terra:
corusco e fùmido come i vulcani, 
i monti supera, divora i piani;
sorvola i baratri; poi si nasconde 
per antri incogniti, per vie profonde;
ed esce; e indomito di lido in lido
come di turbine manda il suo grido

Poema Il Treno
Giosué Carducci

09 August 2017

Bridge in Xitang Ancient Town (China)

“The fate of the bridges is to be lonely; because bridges are to cross not to stay!” 

Mehmet Murat Ildan

02 August 2017

Sidi Rached Bridge over the Rhumel River Gorge in Constantine (Algeria)

"You do not introduce Constantine. She introduces herself, and you salute her. She reveals herself and we discover each other." 
"She bursts forth like a glance from the dawn, and she runs on a horizon that she astonishes and raises up," 

Malek Haddad, Algerian poet

Centennial Bridge crossing the Mississippi River between Rock Island (Illinois) and Davenport (Iowa) in United States

The Rock Island Line is a mighty good road
The Rock Island Line is the road to ride
The Rock Island Line is a mighty good road
If you want to ride you gotta ride it like you find it
Get your ticket at the station for the Rock Island Line

Lyrics from Rock Island Line
American folk song by Clarence Wilson

21 July 2017

Pont Vieux (Old Bridge) over the river Gave de Pau in Orthez, Pyrenées Atlantiques (France)

"..Une brigade de la division Le Cor avait reçu l'ordre de tenter de pénétrer dans Orthez par le pont que l'ennemi avait incomplètement détruit. Elle fut impuissante à se frayer passage jusqu'au moment où l'ennemi eut évacué la ville et marcha alors sur Salles-Pisse par la grande route."...

Marquess of Wellington  about the Vieux Pont in the Orthez Battle

15 June 2017

Brooklyn Bridge in Nueva York City (United States)

“I once started out
to walk around the world
but ended up in Brooklyn,
that Bridge was too much for me.” 

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

12 June 2017

O'Donovan Rossa Bridge over the Liffey River in Dublin (Ireland)

They think that they have pacified Ireland. They think that they have purchased half of us and intimidated the other half. They think that they have foreseen everything, think that they have provided against everything; but the fools, the fools, the fools! - they have left us our Fenian dead, and while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace.

Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa

10 June 2017

Kornhaus Bridge across the river Aare in Bern (Switzerland)

Le duc Berchtold V. von Zähringen ordonna au seigneur Cuno von Bubenberg de bâtir une ville sur la presqu'île recouverte d'une forêt de chênes. La légende dit que le duc aurait tué un ours et c'est pour ça que Berne s'appelle Berne. "Bär" veut dire "ours" en allemand; après quelques changements, c'est devenu Berne. D'ailleurs le drapeau de Berne représente un ours.

Legend about Bern origin

09 June 2017

New Bridge crossing the Tigris River in Hasankeyf (Turkey)

The town of Hasankeyf in eastern Turkey faces flooding now that parliament has decided that a controversial dam will go ahead, despite local objections. Turkey launched the Ilisu dam project on the river Tigris in the 1950s, but legal battles tied up work on it until 2006. It foresees the flooding of more than 300 sq km (120 sq m) of land, including nearly 90% of Hasankeyf.
The government says the dam will provide the country with much-needed power generation and improve local irrigation, but critics complain that thousands of years of cultural heritage will be lost....

About Hasankeyf
BBC News, 2nd february 2016

Ponte Sant'Angello over the Tiber River in Rome (Italy)

"The Roman evening either keeps still or it sings. No one can behold it without growing dizzy, and time has filled it with eternity"

Jorge Luis Borges

22 May 2017

Albula II Viaduct near Bergun, canton of Graubunden (Switzerland)

"Probably the most beautiful land, the one that I more felt involved is the High Engadine"

"The most beautiful cradle I know for a great river."

Hermann Hesse about this part of Switzerland

Jianying Memorial Bridge across the river Mei in Meizhou, Guangdong (China)

I live at the upper end of the river
And at the other end, you live;
Everyday I long to see you but I cannot
Though from the same river we drink

When will the river go dry?
When can my sorrow come to an end?
Only may your heart be like mine
My love for you will not be in vain

By chinese poet Li Chih-Yi

18 May 2017

Harbour Bridge spanning the Parramatta River in Sydney (Australia)

In her grey majesty of ancient stone 
She queens it proudly, though the sun's caress
Her piteous cheeks, ravished of bloom, confess,
And her dark eyes his bridegroom glance have know.
Robed in her flowing parks, serene, alone,
She fronts the east; and with the tropic stress
Her smooth brow ripples into weariness;
Yet hers the sea for footstool, and for throne
A continent predestined. Round her trails
The turbid squalor of her streets, and dim
Into the dark heat-haze her domes flow up;
Her long lean fingers, with their grey-old nails,
Giving her thirsty lips to the cool brim
Of the bronze beauty of her harbour's cup

Poem Sydney
Arthur Henry Adams

Bridge over the river Maggia in Bignasco, canton of Ticino (Switzerland)

The road leads across a bridge over a mountain stream and past a waterfall.  One time I walked across this stream – many times, as a matter of fact, but one walk was very special.  The war was still going on, and my leave was just over, and I had to get moving again, had to hurry on country roads ...

From The Bridge
by Hermann Hesse about a bridge in Ticino

Mindaugas Bridge over the Neris River in Vilnus (Lithuania)

 The moon is a pill
with a groove
down the middle
anger is a pill
with a groove
down the middle
mindaugas bridge is a pill
with a groove
down the middle
summer is a pill
with a groove
down the middle

Beginning of a poem by lithuanian writer
Aušra Kaziliunaite

09 April 2017

Covered Bridge over the Bouzanne River in Pont-Chretien-Chabenet, Indre (France)

Tu te sou-viens du pont
Qu'on tra-ver-sait na-guèr'
Pour pas-ser la ri-vièr'
Tout près de la mai-son
Le pe-tit pont de bois
Qui ne te-nait plus guèr'
Que par un grand mys-tèr'
Et deux pi-quets tout droits
Le pe-tit pont de bois
Qui ne te-nait plus guèr'
Que par un grand mys-tèr'
Et deux pi-quets tout droits
From the lyrics of Le Petit Pont de Bois
Yves Duteil

Ponte Dom Luis over the Douro River between Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia (Portugal)

Quem vem e atravessa o rio
Junto à serra do Pilar
vê um velho casario
que se estende até ao mar

Quem te vê ao vir da ponte
és cascata são-joanina
erigida sobre um monte
no meio da neblina.

Por ruelas e calçadas
da Ribeira até à Foz
por pedras sujas e gastas
e lampiões tristes e sós

Porto Sentido
Song by Rui Veloso

Pont de Fragnée crossing the Meuse River in Liége (Belgium)

Liége ! ô mon beau pays, o ma ville Eburonne !
Que j’aime ton vieux fleuve et ta vallée en fleur !
Là j’ai de ma jeunesse effeuillé la couronne ;
Tu me gardes mes morts, je t’ai laissé mon cœur.
J’aime tes verts sentiers aux buissons d’aubépines,
Comme un Eden perdu, comme un songe envolé.
Trente ans j’ai respiré l’air pur de tes collines,
Et partout, loin de toi, je suis un exilé.

Edouard Wacken, 1861

31 March 2017

Oberbaumbrucke crossing the Spree River in Berlin (Germany)

"Little in life is uglier than a city at war with itself. Sunday witnessed the latest battle Berlin has waged against itself when representatives of the districts of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg met on the Oberbaumbrücke bridge to pelt each other with food and foam-rubber clubs. The event held almost every July since 1998 is known as Wasserschlacht, or "water fight," but the weapons are more primitive and disgusting than the name would suggest. Indeed, what started out as a battle fought with flour and water has grown to include eggs, fruits and vegetables... "

Newspaper Der Spiegel
July the 28th, 2008

Benjamin Franklin Bridge over the Delaware River in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States)

I've said many, many, many unkind things about Philadelphia, and I meant every one. 

David Lynch