Culture, travel, fashion and culinary delights: the Kosmos pages of Lufthansa Magazin bring you interesting and useful tidbits from around the world
Horsing around in the Scottish Lowlands
Two horses rear their heads from the ground near Falkirk, Scotland to tower 30 meters into the sky. The giant sculptures are called Kelpies, after the shape-shifting water spirits from Celtic mythology that usually appear in the shape of a horse.
You may find that you’ll need flippers and a mask if you want to post a letter in Susami, Japan. The fishing village’s mailbox is ten meters underwater – earning it a place in the Guinness Book of Records. Every year, around 1500 letters and cards are dropped off here.
Live music, good pub food and a great atmosphere: The Prince Albert in Brighton on the east coast of England is a treat. If you can’t find the address, simply look out for a mural with the portraits of music stars, most of whom played here.
Vlad Țepeș, the historical figure on whom Count Dracula was based, was born not far from Bogata Forest. Unfortunately, the nocturnal count would have missed the blood-red tint of the autumnal trees during the day.
The Eiffel Tower is in Paris, the Statue of Liberty in New York and Tower Bridge in London? Undoubtedly. But the three most famous city landmarks in the world also have doppelgangers elsewhere on the planet.
There are replicas of the famous tower in Tokyo (taller than the original), Las Vegas and Tianducheng in China, where an entire neighborhood was built in the Parisian style – and is currently largely unoccupied.
Statue of Liberty
Paris boasts three scale copies of the New York landmark, and there are less exact replicas elsewhere in the world, including a Lego brick copy in Legoland (scale 1:5). The largest replica (scale 1:2) is in Las Vegas.
A copy of Tower Bridge stands in Suzhou in China – but strangely, it has four instead of two towers. The city also has replicas of Sydney’s modern Harbour Bridge and the Neo-Baroque Pont Alexandre III in Paris spanning its canals.