Friday, September 4, 2009

A Drive Above the Clouds ~ The Millau Viaduct

Although I have never visited the south of France, when I do I plan on taking the A75-A71 autoroute axis from Paris to Béziers. It is where the Millau Viaduct (Le Viaduc de Millau) is located. It spans the valley of the River Tarn near Millau in southern France. Designed by English architect Norman Foster and French bridge engineer Michel Virlogeux, it is the highest suspension bridge in the world, with one pier's summit at 1,125 ft (343 metres)—slightly taller than the Eiffel Tower and only 125 ft (38 m) shorter than the Empire State Building. It was formally dedicated on December 14, 2004. This Youtube video shows the whole construction period of Pont Millau as well as the beautiful French countryside surrounding the bridge. It is accompanied by a lovely song from French singer, Francis Cabrel.

1 comment:

  1. Merci! That has to be one of the world's most elegant bridges.

    I loved the video and the song.