Alone worth a trip across the pond

The Millau viaduct designed by the British architect Richard Norman Foster captures the Gallic spirit of gothic lightness as much as any modernist structure you will see.  Just as the Golden Gate bridge enhances and frames the waterway entering San Francisco Bay the Millau viaduct dances across the valley of the Tarn creating its own frame.  The structure was built to address the bottle neck created by the large amount of North South traffic between northern France and the Mediterranean coast when it dipped down into the valley of the Tarn going through the town of Millau.  The slots in the towers must have been designed in to reduce wind forces on the high towers, but they also suggest  stitching needles for the making of leather gloves for which the region is famous.

Below:  Tower detail.  Other views can be seen in my “Bridges” gallery.  I might also mention that nearby is the town of Roquefort offering fascinating tours of the caves where the cheese is grown.


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