A Quick Guide to the Bridges of “WEILL County”

A Quick Guide to the Bridges of “WEILL County”

New York – February 10, 2010:  A round-the-world tour of all the WEILL clients just happens to turn up some pretty amazing bridges.  From Peru to Jerusalem and South Africa to Laos, here are five bridges that are worth traversing the world for.

Weil1Cross the Bascule Bridge from Cape Grace to the Cape Town Waterfront

On the water’s edge of the international yacht marina on Cape Town’s Waterfront, Bascule whisky, wine & cocktail bar is named after the Bascule Bridge that connects Cape Grace to Cape Town’s famed Victoria & Alfred waterfront. Bascule boasts more than 400 whiskies from around the world and an impressive selection of the finest South African wines. A bascule bridge is a bridge that swings upward for boat traffic.  Guests at Bascule can watch the yachts enter the harbor from the Atlantic, or — better yet — charter Cape Grace’s private yacht, the Spirit of the Cape, and travel under the Bascule. For more information about Cape Grace, visit www.capegrace.com.



Jerusalem Is Home to the Coolest Bridge in the Middle East

Designed by world-renowned starchitect Santiago Calatrava, the 390-foot Bridge of Strings will carry the light rail mass transit system over the busy entrance to Jerusalem and serves as a new, modern gateway to the holy city. Calatrava’s stunning design of a cable-stayed, S-shaped bridge with cables anchored to a single, slender sloping pylon at the end of the “S,” evokes the strings of King David’s harp — a fitting image for the city. For more information, visit www.goisrael.com.

Aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express Train Over the Mekong River

Take the elegant and exotic Eastern & Oriental train from Bangkok to Vientiane, capital city of Laos, and cross the Mekong on the Friendship Bridge for the first time. The Voyage to Vientiane is a thrilling journey through northeast Thailand to the ravishing Angkor-style temple of Phimai – and on across the Mekong to the fascinating city of Vientiane. For more information about the Eastern & Oriental, visit www.orient-express.com.


Canadian Mountain Holidays’ High-Flying Heli-Adventure Takes Guests Across A Heart-Pounding Foot Bridge

For those seeking a major adrenaline rush, Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH) offers the ultimate experience.  As part of its “High Flying Heli-Adventure” trips, guests cross a swaying 200-foot-long plank and cable suspension bridge high in British Columbia’s Purcell Mountains.  The bridge is part of the via ferrata (Italian for “iron road”) route that includes fixed cables, iron rungs and ladders.  Just breathe and don’t look down! For more information about Canadian Mountain Holidays, visit www.canadianmountainholidays.com.

Weil5Atop the Peruvian Amazon Forest on the Inkaterra Canopy Walk Bridges

In the heart of a 40-square-mile private ecological reserve in the Peruvian Amazon, sits Inkaterra’s Canopy Walk — a network of hanging bridges 90 feet above the forest floor. The Inkaterra Canopy Walk is one of the major attractions guests can experience while staying at the posh Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. The quarter-mile-plus network of bridges is currently South America’s longest tree-top walkway.  Adding to the already thrilling experience, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica has recently also constructed an airy, butler-serviced two-person Canopy Tree House adjacent to the Canopy Walk. Guests are now able to not only walk among the hordes of toucans and hummingbirds during the day, but also take part in dusk expeditions and fall asleep to the serenading sounds of the rainforest’s nocturnal life. For more information on Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, visit www.inkaterra.com.