Contest #842 – Santa Claus House, North Pole, Alaska, USA

The charmingly touristy villiage “North Pole, Alaska” is actually closer to Fairbanks and slightly south of the middle of Alaska, about 2800 KM from the actual North Pole. Nevertheless, a reasonable facsimile of The Big Guy’s house and workshop are set up here, along with a 15 M statue of the man in red (and white):

Those who found it — all before the hint:

  • Garfield
  • Lighthouse
  • hhgygy
  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans
  • LawnBoy
  • Eloy Cano
  • Phil Ower
  • Zorro the Fox
  • Graham Hedley
  • Angie CF
  • Bas van Limpt
  • Glenmorren
  • Andreas Meister

Contest #841 – Rathausplatz, Vienna, Austria (Home to the Christkindlmarkt)

Home to the largest Christmas Market in Europe, the Wiener Christkindlmarkt, the Rathausplatz sits directly in front of the Rauthaus, which is Vienna’s town hall. For Christkindlmarkt, the square is marked with lights in all the trees, a skating rink, and hundreds of booths selling everything from hot cocoa, punch and gingerbread to handmade arts and crafts.

Those who found the holiday spirit before the hint:

  • Paul Voestermans
  • Garfield
  • Glenmorren
  • Martin de Bock
  • Lighthouse
  • hhgygy
  • Graham Hedley
  • Eloy Cano
  • Phil Ower
  • Zorro the Fox
  • Angie CF
  • Andreas Meister
  • Bas van Limpt

And after the hint:

  • Ashwini Agrawal

Contest #840 – Drangarnir Sea Arch, Faroe Islands

Drangarnir is one of those places that you can go see, but you REALLY have to want it. The Faroe Islands tourist agency says “The hike to Drangarnir is difficult. It takes a whole day to hike to the attraction. You will traverse steep slopes in quite challenging terrain when hiking to Drangarnir. There is no marked path to the attraction.”

That said, once you get there, you are treated to the view above.

Those who made the trek (all before the hint):

  • Paul Voestermans
  • Graham Hedley
  • Glenmorren
  • Martin de Bock
  • Zorro the Fox
  • Eloy Cano
  • hhgygy
  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower
  • Garfield
  • Bas van Limpt
  • Angie CF

And this concludes series 831-840. Our three highest scoring players this series, all with perfect 20 scores, are one of our longest running players (Phil Ower), one who has been around for a bit (Graham Hedley) and one of our newest players (Angie CF). A hearty congratulations to all of you!!

Contest #839: wildlife bridge just west of Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

The Trans-Canada Highway runs through Banff and Yoho National Parks in the Canadian Rockies. This area has a lot of wildlife and four wildlife bridges were built between Banff, AB and Golden, BC – fences along the highway prevent wildlife accessing the highway and direct them towards the bridges to allow safe access across the highway.

It’s built with one arch for each direction of traffic.

Before the hint:

  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Graham Hedley
  • hhgygy
  • Glenmorren
  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower
  • Farid Fernandez
  • Eloy Cano
  • Bas van Limpt
  • Garfield
  • hb1547
  • Angie CF
  • ZORRO the FOX
  • Felix Bossert

After the hint:

  • Jeather
  • Gillian B

Contest #838: the southern gate entrance to Black Star or Independence Square, Accra, Ghana

Black Star Square in Accra Ghana has two main entrances – the main obe with Independence or Black Star Gate in the north and a second building/gate with three thin arches in the south. Both would fit the arch theme of the series – but one was less obvious.

The square was completed in 1961 to coincide with a visit by Queen Elizabeth II, visiting to encourage the newly independent Ghana to remain within the Commonwealth.

It hosts all the major national public gatherings, national festivals, military parades, concerts and occasional fashion shows. Seating for 30,000+ surrounds the square.

The image below shows Independence or Blaxk Star Arch in the foreground, Black Star Square full of people and in the background the building we were looking for in front of the Atlantic Ocean.

Found before the hint:

  • Lighthouse
  • hhgygy
  • Phil Ower
  • zorro the fox
  • Graham Hedley
  • Angie CF

After the hint:

  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Garfield

Contest #837: two arched bridges at the Kameido Kenjin Shrine in Tokyo, Japan

Following the series theme, we visited the Kameido Kenjin Shrine in Tokyo, Japan to find two arched bridges.

The shrine is dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, a 9th-century Japanese scholar. It was built in Tokyo in 1646, damaged by US bombing during World War 2 and rebuilt in modern years. It hosts a wisteria festival each year.

Found before the hint:

  • Paul Voestermans
  • hhgygy
  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower
  • Martin de Bock
  • Garfield
  • Graham Hedley
  • Eloy Cano
  • Bas van Limpt
  • zorro the fox
  • Angie CF

Contest #836: the Veresk Bridge in northern Iran

Contest 836 continued the series theme of arches (if you didn’t figure that out yet) with the spectacular Veresk Bridge in northern Iran on the main line between Tehran and Gorgan. The railway line snakes across the mountains and is in use today, despite being opened for use in 1935. The Google Earth image below shows the railway line in the Veresk Bridge area.

The railway is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, and contain 174 large bridges, 186 small bridges and 224 tunnels, including 11 spiral tunnels. The Veresk Bridge stands 110 meters above the valley, its arch measures 66 meters and the overall length of the bridge is 112 meters.

Found before the twisted hint:

  • Eloy Cano
  • Graham Hedley
  • Martin de Bock
  • Phil Ower
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Lighthouse
  • Garfield
  • Angie CF

After the hint:

  • zorro the fox

Contest #835: Peace Arch, at the Canada-US border near White Rock, BC / Blaine, WA

This week was a visit to the Peace Arch on the longest undefended border in the world between Canada and the United States.

It is co-managed by BC Parks and Washington State Parks. Dedicated in 1921, it’s right on the Canada-US border.

It commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in 1814, and symbolizes the long history of peace between the two countries.

Found before the hint:

  • Paul Voestermans
  • Martin de Bock
  • hhgygy
  • Andy NcConnell
  • Phil Ower
  • Angie CF
  • Eloy Cano
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Garfield
  • Graham Hedley
  • David Kozina
  • zorro the fox
  • Jeather
  • Bas van Limpt

After the hint:

  • Robin
  • Lighthouse
  • Gillian B.

Contest #834: Wolfberg Arch, South Africa

Wolfberg Arch in South Africa was this weeks destination – a beautiful 20 metre wide and high arch accessible by an 8 hour hike! The hint referred to the two ways one can access the arch through the Wolfberg Cracks – the Narrow and the Wide.

https://www.wanderlustmovement.org/wolfberg-arch-hiking-guide/

Found without the hint:

  • Graham Hedley
  • Phil Ower
  • hhgygy
  • Angie CF
  • Lighthouse
  • Garfield
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Martin de Bock
  • zorro the fox
  • Eloy Cano

Contest #833: Durdle Door arch, near Lulworth, England

Contest #833 was a visit to southern England and the Durdle Door Arch, located near Lulworth.

This location has been used in several music videos, among them Shout by Tears for Fears (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye7FKc1JQe4and) Loverboy by Billy Ocean (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyrowWnlNnQ). It’s also a well-used film location with a scene of Wilde starring Stephen Fry filmed here.

Finding this hidden location before the hint:

  • Graham Hedley
  • hhgygy
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Glenmorren
  • Phil Ower
  • Martin de Bock
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Angie CF
  • Bas van Limpt
  • Eloy Cano
  • Lighthouse
  • chris nason
  • Garfield
  • ZORRO THE FOX
  • Felix Bossert

After the hint:

  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Robin