December 22nd marks the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, and the beginning of winter. While daylight is scant, this time lapse packs countless hours of light and beauty, courtesy of the Aurora Borealis, into under two minutes. In 2011, Flatlight Creative House took to Finland’s Laplands to film this stunning Northern Lights time lapse. Suffice it to say, we’ve never wanted to book a flight to Finland more.
This church is weird, rugged and totally Iceland. Iceland is known for its rugged landscapes, and apparently the same can be said for its churches. Visible for over twelve miles, the tower…
In many American elementary schools, kids are taught that Thanksgiving is a day to commemorate the moment when Native Americans and pilgrims came together to celebrate a bountiful, life-saving harvest. While this narrative generally neglects to mention the violent fates that awaited these natives, it’s still true that around the world, people unite—and eat a ton of great food—around harvest time. Here’s how people celebrate their equivalent to Thanksgiving in other countries:
German U-boats were among the most feared weapons of World War I. And when one (U-118) washed ashore in Britain like a beached whale, people from all around flocked to take a look.
U-118 was launched on Feb. 23, 1918, surrendered exactly one year later, and then landed–unassisted–in Hastings a few months later after the tow line taking it to France broke. The French ship towing U-118 tried to shoot it to pieces after it drifted ashore, but it remained generally intact and the submarine’s proximity to the Queens hotel stymied further shots. And it stayed generally intact for months on the beach of Hastings.
“My client is not in a hurry.”
Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí’s words couldn’t ring more true as his marvelous masterwork Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family, commonly known as La Sagrada Família, finally enters its final phase of construction.
The soaring Roman Catholic basilica has been under construction in Barcelona since 1883, when Gaudí became the chief architect. He worked on the church for 43 years, transforming the then-modest Gothic church into a breathtaking structure, until his life was tragically taken in a fatal tram accident, in 1926. At the time, just a quarter of his project had been completed.
The most-visited monument in Spain rises hundreds of feet above downtown Barcelona and attracts some 3 million visitors a year. After Gaudí’s death, it was widely believed the Sagrada Família would never be completed, with some even believing it should remain unfinished.
But after 133 years, the current chief architect, Jordi Faulí, has finally announced a completion date sometime in 2026, on the centennial of Gaudí’s death. With more than 70% of the structure completed, the tallest religious building in Europe will tower at 564 feet tall and have 18 towers by the time it is, at long last, complete.