The world’s shortest international bridge links Spain and Portugal

Plenty of countries are connected by bridges, but none of them are as short as the one that links Spain and Portugal.  The wooden bridge that crosses the stream between Spain’s La Codosera and Portugal’s Arronches stretches a mere 10.4 feet or 3.25 metres. Don’t expect to drive across. It’s for pedestrians only, although it’s okay to cross on your bicycle.

Big Ben’s real identity

Big Ben is the name many people mistakenly call the Clock Tower at the British Houses of Parliament in London. That is actually the name of the bell in the tower which has since been re-named Elizabeth Tower to honour the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee.

Why is the Left Bank on the south side?

Why is the area of Paris known as the Left Bank, or Rive Gauche in French, if it is on the south side of the Seine River? It’s because when you look downstream, it is on the left side .

The world’s longest zip line

According to Zip Line Rider the longest zip line in the world is The Eye of the Jaguar in Peru’s Sacred Valley, about 45 minutes north of Cusco. The line is an eye-popping 2,130 metres long.

The world’s longest border

The world’s longest border lies between Canada and the U.S. Its length is 8,891 kilometres, including 2,475 kilometres shared with Alaska.

Not the world’s longest street

Toronto’s Yonge Street was once thought to be the world’s longest street, but only if you consider Highway 11 as an extension of the road. Today, the Guinness Book of World Records has no such entry, but does have one for the world’s longest “motorable road” which it cites as the Pan-American Highway.

What’s your bailiwick?

The term bailiwick survives in Britain’s Channel Islands where you have the bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey. It is an area of jurisdiction of a bailiff, and once also applied to places where a privately appointed bailiff exercised the sheriff’s functions under a royal writ.

Galapagos by any other name

In Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are officially named “Archipiélago de Colón” or the Archipelago of Columbus which explains why some of the individual islands have names like Isabela after Queen Isabela of Spain and San Cristóbal in honor of Columbus himself. The irony is that Columbus never even came close to the islands.

The growth of the 1-million+ city

The first city to reach a population of one million people was Rome, Italy. It reached that mark in 133 B.C. Today, there are more than 500 urban agglomerations with populations over a million.

Travel Europe’s longest route

Looking for a road-trip challenge? Consider the E40, Europe’s longest route. It connects Calais, France to Ridder, Kazakhstan and all 8,000 kilometres in between.