To fly on a huge Boeing just a few meters above beach with holidaymakers, to land at airport located in the sea, or to ride along runway through a busy highway full with cars – all those hardly believable things are quite real.
Princess Juliana Airport attracts tourists by incredible spectacle view both from porthole window and from the ground. Its runway crosses the entire island of St. Maarten, divided between France and the Netherlands. It is the smallest piece of land having dual citizenship. Its airfield is among the ten most dangerous in the world. The island is so small, that area for disperse and landing with length of 2180 meters is separated from the water just by a narrow strip of famous Maho Beach. For landing pilots fly several meters above the holidaymakers, raising sand dust and sea waves. Despite the fact that for giant aircraft such conditions are almost impossible (too short runway) no accidents have been recorded here.Photo outlookindia.com
In addition, the island of St. Maarten attracts many plan-spotter tourists. These are people who love to watch and photograph low-flying aircraft. Princess Juliana Airport is so popular that it became the prototype for the famous game: flight simulator Microsoft Flight Simulator X. Another intriguing air terminal is located on a Gibraltar cape at the foot of the cliff, and belongs to the Ministry of Defence of the UK. It is mainly used for military purposes, but also civil airliners flights depart from there. Tourists are mostly attracted by Gibraltar airport runway: due to lack of space it intersects with a busy highway. Thus, there are two transport streams – air and ground.Photo worldtravel.namePhoto travelandleisure.com
Meanwhile, in the central part of Japan aircrafts land next to cruise ships. Kansai Airport rises over the water near the cities of Osaka and Kobe. This unique and incredible air harbour is located on an artificial island in the middle of Osaka Bay. Idea to put an airfield outside the land was a necessity: the local population feared that the noise level will exceed standard, and constructors were forced to look for options. Quite life of Osaka residents cost 15 billion USD. Engineers made mound area of 510 hectares four kilometres away from the coastline. Today it is the most expensive of all of the world's air berths. According to experts, the cost of construction of the airport, which opened nearly two decades ago, will not be repaid soonPhoto asia.nikkei.com
Gisborne Airport in New Zealand provokes fancy impression. It definitely surprises its passengers since before flying up the air, aircraft has to wait at the traffic lights. All the matter is that the runway is crossed by railroad tracks, so sometimes liners stop and wait for train to pass. One hundred eighty columns support runway airfield of Madeira Island. The mountainous terrain did not allow having a traditional web for liners acceleration, so the power of engineering thought and hands of workers created unusual take-off line which resembles the design of bridge over water but just along coast.Photo worldtravellers.co.nz
Stereotypes are terrible. They form a definite picture of the world in our heads, and it is not so easy to change. Take, for instance, the concept of skyscraper: imagination of 90% people immediately provoke skyline of American cities, familiar from movies and TV. It is quite logical, but nowadays panorama of the best luxury skyscrapers is in other direction – keep moving to the East. For Arab structures may outdo Western ones in all respects.
There’s hardly anything that compares to bright-starred sky and silence. It is the stars that OUTLOOK want to tell you about or more precisely about the places with the best view on them. In Europe it is recommended to go stargazing not to some place but to… Slovenia. Point is, this small country is one of the cleanest in the world and consequently isn’t that polluted with smog.
The first thing every tourist shall learn in a country is a transport system. Very often it seems to be complicated and confusing, and it takes weeks or even months to make head or tail of it. OUTLOOK reader Natalia Usenko visited Japan and is sharing her impressions about the most comfortable and safest transport in the world.
A mini toast, a slice of cheese and a sip of strong coffee. "That is not a buffet!" a waiter will pronounce indignantly, looking at the disgruntled tourist’s face. The generous Ukrainian soul cannot understand how locals manage to eat their full with that. Therefore, before going to a new country, you need to know exactly whether in the evening you should prepare a couple of sandwiches to indulge them in the morning,...
Next ‘character’ of our cycle about symbolic means of public transport is yellow cab of New York. It is impossible to imagine the Big Apple and especially its centre, Manhattan, without those bright and incredibly handy cars. Seemingly, there are more “checkers” than people.
Do you happen to get hungry? That is great as we go on with our story about the most popular street food from around the world. It’s freshly cooked - fall to, you guys! Let's start with the South Asian countries, namely Singapore - seafood-rich in vitamins and minerals occupy a key place in the diet of residents ...
For better or worse, travelling to distant planets and stars exists only on the pages of science fiction and in Hollywood film industry. Although the possibility of space tourism crept close, yet, Jupiter and Saturn are still way not close. Nevertheless, from long ago there are special objects that seem to shrink the universe making it accessible. We are talking about planetariums and observatories.
Profession of a chimney-sweep has recently entered the list of the most rear occupations in the world. And as far back as some hundred years ago almost every European citizen was able to tell a lot of interesting things about these guys doomed to be covered in smear. We didn’t invent a time machine but we managed to get some facts about representatives of this vanishing trade.
Airports, railway and bus stations are almost always erected at a human whim, while ports and harbours are joint creation of homo sapiens and nature. In this article OUTLOOK presents you the most beautiful port destinations with their own unique character worth exploring.
All of us, one way or another, strive for freedom, personal or national, material or spiritual, which is illusory and unachievable, and at the same time very real in terms of our ideas about it. An alternative village of Christiania in the centre of the Danish capital is another attempt to achieve complete freedom from the laws of the material world.
For sailors to round Cape Horn situated in the very South of Argentina is a success that equals to Everest ascent for alpinists. Rush under sails around “sailor’s graveyard” defying gigantesque waves and hurricane wind turned out a success for the first time on January, 29, 1616.
Except for Russian-speaking countries, nowhere else a round metal attraction is called a devil’s wheel. Named after its creator, Ferris wheel first opened panorama of Chicago city from 80-meter height in 1893. Since then rotating upright wheels with multiple passenger cabins began to spring up almost in every big city. OUTLOOK offers you to learn about the most impressive observation wheels.
A few centuries ago sea transport was not just the most popular, but the only way to get from point A to point B. However, as you know, force majeure occur on any roads, even on water routs, and through a long history of mankind many ships did not manage to reach their destination ports and ended underwater. Nevertheless, the relative "reservation" allows wreck vessels to live a second life as a museum.
In already distant year 1920 authorities of the United States adopted a surprising regulation: prohibition to.... send children by mail. Such a decision may seem weird in 21st century however almost a hundred years ago it was treated with understanding which means that there were caring parents who did send their kids in packages... We talk about amusing accidents that occur in work of post services.
It is an open secret that this world is full of paradoxes. OUTLOOK, in its turn, tries to figure them out therefore today we’ll tell about armed forces of the world’s most militarized state that, however, hasn’t been at war with anyone for over two centuries. Our feature is about the army of Switzerland.
OUTLOOK cannot imagine life without travelling. However, tickets, schedules, tardiness – all those things can spoil any trip. Therefore it is great to have either at home or in you garage a kind of transport that can allow you to see and to experience something new and forget all the problems.
When touring this small-sized but very exciting country through the length and breadth, our OUTLOOK team selected unusual facts about it. We bet you did not know that familiar to us "at" sign @ in the Hebrew is called "strudel"? It is. Keep on reading and we'll tell you more interesting things most of which you have never suspected!
In the nooks of Earth we want to talk about people live according to very specific rules of nature. Here rains don’t start out of the blue and frosts don’t come unexpectedly. It’s much more serious. Should a good wind once bring you there, you’ll be prepared and may have a grateful memory of OUTLOOK.