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The Champs-Élysées, Paris, France

July 23rd, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Champs-Élysées (pronounced /ʃɑ̃zelize/ audio (help·info), literally the "Elysian fields") is a broad avenue in Paris. Its full name is actually "avenue des Champs-Élysées". With its cinemas, cafés, and luxury specialty shops, the Champs-Élysées is one of the most famous streets in the world. The name refers to the Elysian Fields, the place of the blessed in Greek mythology. The Champs-Élysées is also called La plus belle avenue du monde, French for "The most beautiful avenue in the world."

The avenue runs for two km through the 8th arrondissement in northwestern Paris, from the Place de la Concorde in the east, with its obelisk, to the Place Charles de Gaulle (formerly the Place de l'Étoile) in the west, location of the Arc de Triomphe. The Champs-Élysées forms part of the Axe historique.

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Avenida 9 de Julio (world’s widest avenue), Buenos Aires, Argentina

July 23rd, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

9 de Julio is an avenue in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At 140 meters, it is one of the world’s widest avenues. Its name honors Argentine Independence Day (July 9, 1816).

The avenue runs from the Retiro district in the north to Constitución station in the south, roughly one kilometer to the west of the Río de la Plata waterfront.

Its north end is connected to Libertador avenue, which serves northwards traffic, and its south end is connected to the 25 de Mayo toll freeway (serving the West side of Greater Buenos Aires as well as Ezeiza airport) and the 9 de Julio elevated toll freeway that connects to the main roads to the South (route 1 to La Plata and route 2 to Mar del Plata and Patagonia).

The avenue's unusual width is due to the fact that it spans en entire cuadra, the distance between two streets in the checkerboard pattern used in Buenos Aires. The distance between adjacent streets is roughly 110 meters, greater than the equivalent Manhattan distance. The street flanking 9 de Julio to the east is called Carlos Pellegrini (north of Rivadavia) and Bernardo de Irigoyen (south of Rivadavia). The street flanking 9 de Julio to the west is called Cerrito (north of Rivadavia) and Lima (south of Rivadavia). Those lateral streets (which actually just add lanes to the avenue) are included in the 140 meter calculation.

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The King Fahd Causeway, Khobar - Bahrain, Saudi Arabia

July 22nd, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The King Fahd Causeway (Arabic: جسر الملك فهد) is the combined bridge-viaduct connection between Khobar, Saudi Arabia, and the island nation of Bahrain

A construction agreement signed on July 8, 1981 led to construction beginning the next year. The cornerstone was laid on November 11, 1982 by King Fahd of Saudi Arabia and Sheikh Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa of Bahrain and went until 1986, when the combination of several bridges and dams was completed. The causeway officially opened for use on November 25, 1986.

The project, completely financed by Saudi Arabian money, cost a total of USD $1.2 billion and was contracted out to the Ballast Nedam Group based in Holland. The four-lane road (25 m) is 25-26 km long and used 350,000 m³ of concrete along with 147,000 tons of reinforced steel. The causeway consists of two parts, a long bridge from Khobar to Umm al-Na'san island in Bahrain, and a shorter one from Umm al-Na'san island to the main island of Bahrain.

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Road flooded two times a day, Carantec, France

April 9th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Road near Carantec in nort-west part of France near English Channel / La Manche Channel. Two times a day this road is under water.

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Boundary passage in Kolbaskowo-Pomellen, Poland-Germany

August 11th, 2005 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

One of the biggest boundary passages on the Polish-German boundary.

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Charge point on Italian highway, Italy

July 31st, 2005 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

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