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World's Widest Street - 9 de Julio Avenue

9 de Julio Avenue (or Avenida 9 de Julio, in the local tongue) in downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina, is not just any street. Nine lanes wide, with gardened medians between the opposing flow of traffic, this is the widest street in the world. Only those with a quick pace and long legs will be lucky to get to the other side before the traffic lights at the intersection changes. A pedestrian crossing this street usually requires a few extra minutes and two to three traffic light rotations. 9 de Julio Avenue is only 1 km long but 110 meters wide.

The avenue's unusual width is because it spans an entire city block, the distance between two streets in the checkerboard pattern used in Buenos Aires. The avenue runs to the west of the Río de la Plata waterfront, from the Retiro district in the north to Constitución station in the south. It has up to seven lanes in each direction and is flanked on either side by parallel streets of two lanes each.

The avenue was first planned in 1888, with the name of Ayohuma; but the road was long opposed by affected landlords and residents, so work did not start until 1935. Even the French government refused to submit the embassy building for demolition, and local preservationists opposed the move as well, as the building is widely hailed as an architectural masterpiece. The initial phase was inaugurated on 9 July 1937 and the main stretch of the avenue was completed in the 1960s. The southern connections were completed after 1980, when the downtown portion of the tollway system was completed. Clearing the right-of-way for these intersections required massive condemnations in the Constitución area.

The Midnight Rider - The World's Grandest Limousine

The Midnight Rider is the World's Largest and Grandest Limousine boasting 460 square feet of pure luxury and is reserved by those who expect the very best.  In fact, she is a traveling celebrity vehicle in her own right, based in Southern California and licensed to travel anywhere in the United States.

She is one of the most photographed vehicles and has appeared on FOX, Japanese Television, Discovery Channel's HD Theatre World's Most Expensive Rides, featured in Extreme Bars, and several publications around the world, is a New World Record Holder in the 2011 edition of "Guinness Book Of World Records" as the World's Heaviest Limousine, has surpassed past records such as tallest and largest ever built, and is the Largest Limousine "For Hire" in existence.

Source: http://www.themidnightrider.com/

Amazing Border between Belgium and Netherlands

This is an amazing unusual border line runs between Netherlands and Belgium in a small town called Baarle-Nassau. And this restaurant is in both countries and as per Dutch laws restaurant has to close earlier than Belgium. Hence after the closing time in Netherlands, the people eating the restaurant have to move to the Belgian side and continue. Though I am not sure if the is kitchen also built in both the countries. Sounds interesting! Doesn’t it? Order Dutch Coffee with Gouda cheese from Netherlands and have it with Belgium chocolate!

Most Dangerous Road - The Death Road, Bolivia

According to the Inter-American Development Bank, the Death Road in Bolivia is statistically the most dangerous road in the world. Every year, 200 to 300 people die along a stretch of dirt road less than 50 miles. The 43-mile road leads northeast from the La Paz to Coroico, in the Yungas region of Bolivia. Along the way, it winds up and down through the Andes Mountains.

Since the road has so many curves and twists around each mountain, it’s difficult to see when vehicles are approaching from the opposite direction. Thus, strange as it may seem, some drivers (and passengers) prefer to travel Death Road Bolivia at night when cars and buses have their lights on because they can see the lights of vehicles heading toward them and can plan ahead to stop at one of the slightly wider areas to wait for the other vehicle to pass.

It has also been turned into a tourist attraction, with twelve separate ‘adventure sports’ companies in La Paz offering Death Road mountain biking trips.


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