Picturesque Lakes – Chattahoochee Trace http://chattahoocheetrace.com/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 07:13:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://chattahoocheetrace.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default.png Picturesque Lakes – Chattahoochee Trace http://chattahoocheetrace.com/ 32 32 Fundraising: The Little Lake Cemetery Show Celebrates the History of the City and County of Peterborough https://chattahoocheetrace.com/fundraising-the-little-lake-cemetery-show-celebrates-the-history-of-the-city-and-county-of-peterborough/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 04:05:52 +0000 https://chattahoocheetrace.com/fundraising-the-little-lake-cemetery-show-celebrates-the-history-of-the-city-and-county-of-peterborough/ For the first time since 2019, Trent Valley Archives (TVA) will present their show from Little Lake Cemetery. This event is a major fundraiser for the archives and the money raised is used to help them continue their important archival activities. This live, in-person event takes place Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 […]]]>

For the first time since 2019, Trent Valley Archives (TVA) will present their show from Little Lake Cemetery. This event is a major fundraiser for the archives and the money raised is used to help them continue their important archival activities.

This live, in-person event takes place Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. After the first visit, subsequent visits take place at 20-minute intervals. Guides will lead groups of approximately 15 people through the cemetery, stopping at various burial sites where local actors and history educators will share stories from the lives of people who have left their mark on our community.

“You won’t want to miss the chance to meet some of Peterborough’s historic figures who now reside in the picturesque local cemetery. This year, a few favorite characters will return after many years. Others are new to touring or will tell their stories in a new way.

Some, like Charlotte Nicholls and Captain Charles Rubidge, are locally famous and have names that appear on buildings and streets in Peterborough, while others, including puppeteer John Conway, have stories yet to be shared. and memorized,” reads a release for the tours.

The chapel is closed for these visits due to damage caused by the storm of May 21.

After the tour, there will be time for questions, refreshments and socializing on the lawn. A selection of TVA local history books will be available for purchase with cash and electronic transfer.

Tickets for tours are $25 and must be purchased in advance. Visit trentvalleyarchives.com/event or call 705-745-4404. Tours take place rain or shine.

craft vendors

This fall, after a two-year hiatus, the non-profit Peterborough Guild of Arts and Crafts is presenting the popular Hand of Man Arts and Crafts Sale the weekend of October 28, 29 and 30 at the Morrow Building, 155 Lansdowne Street.

If you create handicrafts and are interested in becoming a member of the Guild or a seller of this fair (or both), contact the Guild at thehandofman.ca for more information and to obtain an application form.

The guild is happy to welcome everyone and look forward to meeting new people.

PHS needs

The Peterborough Humane Society is asking for the donation of some items

Their stock of old sheets is very low so if you have old towels, blankets or sheets they would appreciate them.

They also need all types of cat toys, but especially interactive toys such as cardboard scratchers or wand toys. Shoe boxes are also needed; they ensure the safety and security of the kittens.

Shelter dogs can also use new toys, especially those that are tough and difficult to destroy by strong chewers.

Donations can be dropped off during regular shelter hours Monday through Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Golf for Community Care

The Community Care Service Office in Peterborough is hosting a fundraising golf tournament on Sunday October 2 at Keystone Links, 2402 Clifford Line, Cavan. All proceeds from this event will support clients who work with the Peterborough office serving the City of Peterborough and the Township of Otonabee South Monaghan.

The day includes a full round of golf, an electric cart, a light meal, proximity contests, a putting contest, raffles and an auction. There is a 9:00 a.m. departure, with check-ins from 8:00 a.m.

The cost is $380 for a group of four. Pre-registration is required by September 23. Sign up by visiting commcareptbo.org/keystonelinks or calling 705-742-7067.

Sponsorships are also available and prizes for the prize table, raffle or auction table will be gratefully accepted. For more information, call Anne or Iris at 705-742-7067 or email peterborough@commcareptbo.org.

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8 Stunning Italian Villages You May Have Never Heard Of https://chattahoocheetrace.com/8-stunning-italian-villages-you-may-have-never-heard-of/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 22:52:06 +0000 https://chattahoocheetrace.com/8-stunning-italian-villages-you-may-have-never-heard-of/ (CNN) — Travelers tend to head to major destinations like Venice, Florence, Rome and even Naples when visiting Italy. But there are many equally, if not more, beautiful villages in the European country that are largely unknown even among some Italians. In fact, Italy is dotted with over 5,000 gorgeous under-the-radar villages with great food, […]]]>

(CNN) — Travelers tend to head to major destinations like Venice, Florence, Rome and even Naples when visiting Italy.

But there are many equally, if not more, beautiful villages in the European country that are largely unknown even among some Italians.

In fact, Italy is dotted with over 5,000 gorgeous under-the-radar villages with great food, pristine landscapes, and few people.

Here are eight gorgeous Italian villages you’ve probably never heard of before.

Torah Castle

The lakeside town of Castel di Tora is located in the Italian region of Lazio.

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One of the best kept secrets of Lazio, the central region of Italy, Castel di Tora is a great place for a day trip to Rome. The country road to town passes through deep woods, so visitors may spot wandering cows and sheep along the way.

The town itself sits on a leafy hill overlooking the man-made Lake Turano, built by Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini, where locals can bask on stone benches while sunbathing or bathing in the shimmering turquoise water. .

A metal bridge connects the main road to the old quarter, which consists of various elegantly restyled stone dwellings with panoramic balconies suspended above the lake.

The small town square is a great place for lunch and/or a quick espresso. Fresh fish is served in the lakeside taverns, which have panoramic open verandas.

Fishing for two meter long carp, which you then release, swimming or taking a relaxing boat ride along the shores of the lake are among the many activities to be enjoyed here.

Frasso Sabino

It’s a bit tricky to reach, and there’s a chance you’ll get lost in the country roads or find yourself at a Buddhist retreat along the way, but this incredibly well-maintained medieval village is well worth a visit.

Located in the heart of Italy’s Lazio region and close to the town of Rieti, Frasso Sabino is a throwback to simpler times.

Forget the bustling bars and restaurants, Sfilata Frasso — Moda e Riciclo, an eco-fashion show featuring dresses made from recycled items such as plastic bottles and empty coffee capsules, is probably the only major event in the city’s social occasion.

The remains of the Castello Sforza Cesarini, which dates from the 11th century, dominate Frasso Sabino.

To approach the fortress, visitors must climb the wide stone steps of its open defensive walls on foot.

Campiglia Marittima

The medieval village of Campiglia Marittima is located near the beaches of the Etruscan coast.

The medieval village of Campiglia Marittima is located near the beaches of the Etruscan coast.

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Located in Tuscany, this perched village overlooks the beautiful beaches of the famous Etruscan coast.

Fishermen used to find refuge there. And today, day-trippers go to Campiglia Marittima in search of tranquility, nature and good wine. On a clear day, views from the community, based around 90 kilometers southwest of Florence, stretch to the Tuscan Archipelago and Corsica.

The ruins of the fortified Rocco fortress overlook this medieval town, surrounded by greenery, while its old quarter is a maze of narrow cobbled lanes and passageways.

Alfalfa

Perched on the heights of the Alps in the region of Trento, Luserna is an incredibly unique place. The small village is home to around 200 villagers who speak an ancient and unusual dialect of Bavarian origin called Cimbro (or Cimbrian) which was imported by medieval settlers.

Road and location signs are displayed in different languages, the locals are very proud of their roots, so you might wonder if you’ve wandered into another country while navigating the area’s many forests.

Luserna also has wonderful ski slopes and visitors can also enjoy winter activities such as dog sledding and snowshoeing.

The Bear Trail (yes, you might come across one) contains miles of hiking trails, which lead to a wonderfully scenic location overlooking snow-capped peaks.

Bobbio

The Italian town of Bobbio has an ancient bridge with an unusual structure.

The Italian town of Bobbio has an ancient bridge with an unusual structure.

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This Emilia-Romagna village seems to be the filming location of the television series “Game of Thrones”.

Upon entering, visitors are greeted by the imposing sight of Ponte Gobbo, an ancient stone bridge that crosses the cold Trebbia River to connect Bobbio to the main road.

The irregular structure, also known as “Devil’s Bridge” or “Hunchback Bridge”, is 280 meters (about 920 feet) tall and features 11 uneven arches.

Founded by the Celtics during their invasion of Italy, Bobbio is made up of pretty gateways that lead to a maze of winding lanes lined with aristocratic palaces.

Saint Columban, an Irish monk, contributed to the greatness of Bobbio by establishing the monastery of Bobbio Abbey, one of the town’s most notable landmarks.

There is also Bobbio Cathedral, a picturesque cathedral with valuable ancient manuscripts, as well as other treasures. As for town activities, Bobbio often holds small fairs featuring delicacies such as snails, grapes and truffles.

Petritoli

Its name might come from an ancient word that roughly translates to “burial place” in the local dialect, but Petritoli is actually a coveted wedding destination these days.

Couples have flocked to this remote corner of Italy’s Marche region in recent years to exchange vows amid the pristine pastures and clean air of this tiny village.

Overlooking green hills dotted with olive trees, vineyards and mulberry trees, Petritoli offers stunning views of the Adriatic coast.

As for local specialties, the handmade moccolotti (more commonly known as rigatoni) with a dense meat sauce and pecorino sheep’s cheese, are among the specialties.

Bucheri

Located near Syracuse, Sicily, Buccheri offers a peaceful respite from the crowds, while being close to pleasant beaches and incredible sights.

The rural village is home to the ruins of a majestic castle, but perhaps the most scenic sites to visit here are the ancient snow caves, or “niviere”, which are natural refrigerators built to store ice and snow, as well than the tiny caves of the city. dammuso-style chapels and cottages.

In the Middle Ages, special snow collectors called “nivaroli” collected ice from the mountains to make ice cream and delicious slips called granita.

Although it is made by much simpler means these days, granita is still very popular in the village. Other local specialties include pasta dishes with saffron and local truffles.

Civita Castellana

The picturesque Civita Castellana is located in the Lazio region of central Italy.

The picturesque Civita Castellana is located in the Lazio region of central Italy.

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Perched on a promontory of reddish-brown tuff near the Umbrian border, Civita is a place where time stands still.

The long and winding main road of the city leads to the old quarter, overlooking the clefts and caves, built by an ancient Italian tribe called Falisci, which are said to have once been used as hideouts for bandits.

Its nearby rivers feature porous rocks with deep chasms and clefts, where the burial grounds of ancient pre-Italic tribes once stood.

The main highlights here include the city’s mosaic-covered duomo, the cathedral of Civita Castellana, as well as its majestic old fortress.

There are also the various artisan ceramic shops, as well as fresh ricotta and premium ham, which visitors can buy directly from the farmers.

Correction: A previous version of this story contained a photo incorrectly labeled as Civita Castellana. The image has been replaced with one showing the correct city.

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10 real fairy tale castles from all over Europe https://chattahoocheetrace.com/10-real-fairy-tale-castles-from-all-over-europe/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 07:13:23 +0000 https://chattahoocheetrace.com/10-real-fairy-tale-castles-from-all-over-europe/ The castles we see in movies and picture books weren’t just inspired by fantasy and imagination. In most cases they were based on actual castles, many of which are in Europe. Stemming from the concept of walled cities, these castles were created to protect and resist attack, while exhibiting their power and dominance over the […]]]>

The castles we see in movies and picture books weren’t just inspired by fantasy and imagination. In most cases they were based on actual castles, many of which are in Europe. Stemming from the concept of walled cities, these castles were created to protect and resist attack, while exhibiting their power and dominance over the surrounding landscape. Strategically located, overlooking valleys, lakes and mountain passes, these stunning fairytale castles and fortifications are remnants of the influence of kings and queens throughout ancient history.

The medieval Eltz Castle , or Burg Eltz, Germany was established in the 12th century as part of the formidable Holy Roman Empire. After centuries of war, he remained unscathed perched on top of a rock in a small wooded valley. It has even belonged to the same family for over 800 years! ( Freesurfing /Adobe Stock)

The Alcazar of Segovia in Spain is the epitome of a fairy tale castle.  Perched atop a cliff, this 12th-century castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and bears witness to the splendor of a bygone era.  It even inspired Disney's Snow White castle.  (pcalapre / Adobe Stock)

The Alcazar of Segovia in Spain is the epitome of a fairy tale castle. Perched atop a cliff, this 12th-century castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and bears witness to the splendor of a bygone era. It even inspired Disney’s Snow White castle. ( pcalapre /Adobe Stock)

Hogenzollern Castle in Germany was once the ancestral seat of the Hohenzollern nobles.  In the style of a typical medieval hilltop fortification, the neo-Gothic castle sits comfortably atop Berg Hohenzollern which rises 855 meters (2,805 feet) high.  Nowadays it is a popular tourist destination, due to the stunning architecture of this 140-room fairytale castle.  (scaliger / Adobe Stock)

Hohenzollern Castle in Germany was once the ancestral seat of the Hohenzollern nobles. In the style of a typical medieval hilltop fortification, the neo-Gothic castle sits comfortably atop Berg Hohenzollern which rises 855 meters (2,805 feet) high. Nowadays it is a popular tourist destination, due to the stunning architecture of this 140-room fairytale castle. ( scalar /Adobe Stock)

The medieval fortified castle and commune of Mont Saint Michel was built on a rocky island off the northern coast of France.  The town and castle featured in Disney's Tangled was based on this fairytale castle, which is completely surrounded by water at high tide.  (JFL Photography / Adobe Stock)

The medieval fortified castle and the town of Mont Saint Michel was built on a rocky island off the northern coast of France. The town and castle featured in Disney’s Tangled was based on this fairytale castle, which is completely surrounded by water at high tide. ( JFL Photography /Adobe Stock)

Burg Berwartstein Castle is a real fairy tale castle hidden in the Palatinate Forest in southwestern Germany.  First mentioned in 1152, this rock castle was built to defend the Palatinate in the Middle Ages, and some rooms, stairs and passageways were carved into the rock.  (Vincent / Adobe Stock)

Burg Berwartstein Castle is a real fairy tale castle hidden in the Palatinate Forest in southwestern Germany. First mentioned in 1152, this rock castle was built to defend the Palatinate in the Middle Ages, and some rooms, stairs and passageways were carved into the rock. ( vincent /Adobe Stock)

The magical palace and fortress of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain is one of the most stunning examples of Islamic architecture.  Built high above the Albaicín quarter of Granada between 1238 and 1358, it was the royal residence of the Nasrid Moorish dynasty and is known for its stunning decoration and fairytale gardens, filled with roses, oranges and elms .  (Taiga / Adobe Stock)

The magic Alhambra palace and fortress in Granada, Spain is one of the most stunning examples of Islamic architecture. Built overlooking the Albaicín quarter of Granada between 1238 and 1358, it was the royal residence of the Nasrid Moorish dynasty and is known for its stunning decoration and fairytale gardens, filled with roses, oranges and elms . ( Taiga /Adobe Stock)

The 19th century Neuschwanstein Castle, meaning

The 19th century Neuschwanstein Castle , which means “New Swan Castle”, in the German Bavarian Alps, was built by Ludwig II and inspired by Wagner’s operas. Built on a rugged cliff overlooking the surrounding valley, Ludwig wrote to Wagner “the location is one of the most beautiful to be found, holy and inaccessible”. It also served as the inspiration for Disney’s 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty. ( pilat666 /Adobe Stock)

Hluboká Castle in the Czech Republic is a magnificent 13th-century fairytale castle built in the Gothic style.  Over the centuries it has been rebuilt several times, and in 1871 it was remodeled in the style of British Windsor Castle.  It has 140 rooms, eleven towers and sumptuous interiors.  (Viliam/Adobe Stock)

Hluboká Castle in the Czech Republic is a magnificent 13th-century fairytale castle built in the Gothic style. Over the centuries it has been rebuilt several times, and in 1871 it was remodeled in the style of British Windsor Castle. It has 140 rooms, eleven towers and sumptuous interiors. ( Vilam /Adobe Stock)

The picturesque fairy-tale Château de Chillon, or Château de Chillon, on Lake Geneva in Switzerland, is an island castle said to have been built in the 11th or 12th century.  Today it is one of the most visited monuments in Switzerland, famous worldwide for its beauty and for being the former residence of the counts of Savoy.  (Giles Laurent / CC BY-SA 4.0)

The picturesque fairy tale Ch aThe teau de Chillon, or Château de Chillon, on Lake Geneva in Switzerland is an island castle said to have been built in the 11th or 12th century. Today it is one of the most visited monuments in Switzerland, famous worldwide for its beauty and for being the former residence of the counts of Savoy. (Gilles Laurent / CC BY-SA 4.0 )

Top image: The medieval castle of Bojnice in Slovakia is one of many real fairy tale castles in Europe. Source: radu79 /Adobe Stock

By Cecilia Bogaard

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How to Explore Three Balkan Countries in One Day https://chattahoocheetrace.com/how-to-explore-three-balkan-countries-in-one-day/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 07:07:04 +0000 https://chattahoocheetrace.com/how-to-explore-three-balkan-countries-in-one-day/ Renting a car and driving through the Balkan region has never been easier. With mountainous surroundings, lush green fields and historic landmarks, it’s no wonder many choose to take a road trip in the area. Even if you are pressed for time, exploring several countries in the region is not a problem. With fast border […]]]>

Renting a car and driving through the Balkan region has never been easier. With mountainous surroundings, lush green fields and historic landmarks, it’s no wonder many choose to take a road trip in the area.

Even if you are pressed for time, exploring several countries in the region is not a problem. With fast border controls and shorter queues, it’s easy to cross the countryside in a day.

Read on if you’re looking to get inspired for an itinerary that will feature beautiful lakes, rustic homes and snow-capped mountains.

Lake Ohrid

Start this journey across the country by absorbing all that Lake Ohrid has to offer. Known as one of the oldest and deepest lakes in Europe, the city lake of Ohrid is nestled in Macedonia and Albania. As the lake is shared by both countries, be prepared for a change of scenery as you eventually head to Pogradec – the Albanian town that sits along the shores of Lake Ohrid.

Lake Ohrid, Image Credit, Atahan Guc, Unsplash

Bitola

Head southwest to the picturesque town of Bitola, located just 14 km from the Greek border. While many who visit North Macedonia end up in Ohrid or Skopje, very few lucky tourists make it to Bitola. With great hiking routes on the outskirts and a heavy heritage scene, Bitola is a place worth stopping for a few hours. Bitola is also full of beautiful Ottoman mosques that remind you of their ever-strong presence.

After a cup of coffee in one of Bitola’s cozy cafes, head south to the Medzhitlija/Niki border. Once you cross the border, head towards the town of Florina; a city whose motto is ‘Where does Greece begin.

Florine

When you arrive in the exceptional Greek city, surrounded by magnificent mountains, you will be left speechless by its laid-back atmosphere. Florina is also home to the Sakoulevas River, known as the city’s landmark.

One of Florina’s most notable sights is the ruins of the demolished Yakub Bey Mosque. All that remains of the mosque today is a half-minaret, which looks set to collapse any day. The famous Turkish traveler, Evliye Celebi, tells us that the mosque was known historically as Carsi Cami which translates to Market Mosque. Surrounded by shops and administrative buildings, the mosque dates from the 15th century.

To end your time here, head to one of the many cafes on pedestrianized Melas Street for a quick caffeine refill.

Serpentine roads and ski resorts

Once back in the car, prepare for a long period of driving. Another 116 km later, you will find yourself in the serene Albanian town of Pogradec. But there is so much to see before you get there. Be prepared to wear those ski boots as there are plenty of ski runs along the way. With many ski resorts along the E86, drivers are usually amazed by the beauty of the snow-capped hills.

For incredible views, head to Vigla Ski Resort. With heights between 1455m and 1970m, stopping here is worth every minute.

Passage to Albania

Return to the winding roads and head towards the Bilisht border post. When crossing Albania, make your first stop in Albania at the small town of Bilisht. You don’t need to stop here for long. Grab a quick meal or maybe a coffee and head back to the E86. As you take the E86 and SH3 roads, you will immediately notice the many minarets dotted around the towns, villages and villages you pass through.

houses near a body of water during the day
Albania, Image credit, Yves Alarie, Unsplash

Pogradec

To round off the road trip, end your drive with a visit to Pogradec, home to one of Europe’s finest lake beaches. Pogradec’s scenic coastline along Lake Ohrid also has several seafood restaurants, many of which sell baked Korani, which translates to trout. While Lake Ohrid trout are famous in the region, it should be mentioned that they are considered endangered. After dinner, head to one of the city’s mosques and marvel at the architecture while listening to the melodious voice of the muezzin as he issues the call to prayer.

aerial view of the city near the body of water during the day
Pogradec, Image credit, Endri Killo, Unsplash


Juber Ahmed

Juber Ahmed is our digital editor and travel enthusiast with a keen interest in Islamic history and heritage. He travels with his wife to various places around the world and writes about his experiences.

Juber’s favorite quote…

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” [Saint Augustine]


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7 hikes in Waterton Lakes National Park to do with your dog https://chattahoocheetrace.com/7-hikes-in-waterton-lakes-national-park-to-do-with-your-dog/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 23:54:00 +0000 https://chattahoocheetrace.com/7-hikes-in-waterton-lakes-national-park-to-do-with-your-dog/ We love dogs! And most importantly, we love taking our dogs on adventures. With so many beautiful natural wonders to explore in Alberta, it’s hard to know which trails are the best to take our four-legged friends along. Here are seven hikes to do with your dog in Waterton Lakes National Park. Red Rock Canyon/Blakiston […]]]>

We love dogs! And most importantly, we love taking our dogs on adventures. With so many beautiful natural wonders to explore in Alberta, it’s hard to know which trails are the best to take our four-legged friends along.

Here are seven hikes to do with your dog in Waterton Lakes National Park.

Red Rock Canyon/Blakiston Falls

A short drive from the village of Waterton is the beautiful and very Instagrammable Red Rock Canyon. Walk the trail up and down the canyon and find the perfect spot to enter the creek.

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If you want to take a slightly longer walk, head to Blakiston Falls. Follow the signs into the burned forest and down the path for about a mile. You can view the falls from several different vantage points and take photos. We will warn you, however, that the viewpoints have non-slip metal stairs and platforms, so your pup might not like walking on them. You can still see the falls; you may not be able to get close.

This two kilometer round trip can take around 20 minutes if you are a brisk walker and up to 40 minutes if you have a more relaxed pace. The terrain is flat so it is suitable for all levels of experience.

Crandell Lake

If you just finished the Blakiston Falls trail and want to smash another hike but don’t want to drive, you can hike the Crandell Lake trail from the same parking lot.

This loop is four kilometers long and takes just over an hour. There is a steady incline (125m elevation gain) that leads down to the beautiful calm water of Lake Crandell. Pack a lunch and eat your midday meal here before heading back to town.

Nice view

Parks Canada

If you’re looking for a prairie walk with minimal elevation gain, Bellevue is the hike for you and your dog.

The entire 7.5 kilometer trail takes between two and three hours and offers plenty of outdoors and wildflowers for your pet to romp about. Looking for the perfect spring photo among the flowers? Find it here.

Lower Bertha Falls

This easy to moderate five kilometer hike takes about 1.5 hours and brings you to the beautiful Lower Bertha ‘Bride’s Veil’ Falls. This hike is perfect for dogs that like longer walks or need to expend some extra energy.

Don’t let ‘lower’ in the name fool you – there’s an elevation gain of about 175 meters, but it’s extensive enough for most hikers to handle. There is a bridge near the falls which makes it a perfect viewing/photo spot. The rocks at the bottom can get slippery so be careful. There is a stream that comes from the falls, which is a perfect little place to cool off and splash around with the water-loving breeds.

If you’re a bit obsessed with waterfalls, check out this list of jaw-dropping waterfalls in Alberta.

bear bump

This one may be quick, depending on who you ask, but it’s a HIKE. When we did it took about 30 minutes to get to the top. There is just under 1.5 kilometers to the top and an elevation gain of 225 meters.

If you have a dog that likes to work, here’s a good place to put it away (at least temporarily).

When you get halfway and want to stop, think of the great photos you can take at the top which overlooks the whole village!

If you’re feeling really ambitious (and you’re in good physical health), you can complete the Bear’s Hump challenge at the pop shop. Spoiler: it’s about hitting the trail and then some. Seriously, this challenge is not for the faint of heart.

Frontier Bay

This hike was one of our favorites in Waterton. The trail leads to the Montana border, where you can swim across the Canada-US border and take photos at the border markers.

This hike is great for high energy dogs who are workhorses at heart. The walk to the border and back is around 10 miles and takes about four hours, so keep that in mind before you set off. The terrain is generally gentle, with some more rocky slopes. There are a handful of beaches along the trail for hikers to take breaks and take a dip in the lake to cool off. Also, if you find the hike getting a bit too long, you can turn around at one of these little beaches.

There are a few places along the trail to camp overnight, with lockers to store your food and protect it from bears if they come near.

For those interested in a multi-day adventure, you can hike from the boundary markers on the Boundary Bay Trail further into Montana, but you will need to get prior approval from the US and Canadian governments to cross the border .

Things to know before you go:

  • Remember to check the weather and only bring your pup if the weather permits him to be physically active outside. If you’re going on a trail that doesn’t have much water access, we recommend bringing a water bottle/bowl for them on the hike. Dogs can also suffer from heat exhaustion!
  • Be sure to bring poop bags and clean up after your pet. The same general backcountry rules – pack it, pack it – apply!
  • Keep your pet on a leash. It’s common to encounter wildlife on hiking trails, so it’s best to keep your furry family member close.

If that all sounds a bit too intense for your taste, check out Alberta’s Best Trails for Lazy People.

Happy hiking!

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6 Alberta Lakes to Visit for the Most Magical Views of IRL Fall Colors https://chattahoocheetrace.com/6-alberta-lakes-to-visit-for-the-most-magical-views-of-irl-fall-colors/ Sun, 04 Sep 2022 19:16:51 +0000 https://chattahoocheetrace.com/6-alberta-lakes-to-visit-for-the-most-magical-views-of-irl-fall-colors/ Fall is fast approaching and with the season ending in a heartbeat in Alberta, it’s time to start planning those trips to see the golden trees predicted now. Fortunately, Alberta also has a ton of beautiful glassy lakes surrounded by fall foliage that are just perfect for a road trip. Timing is key here, so […]]]>

Fall is fast approaching and with the season ending in a heartbeat in Alberta, it’s time to start planning those trips to see the golden trees predicted now.

Fortunately, Alberta also has a ton of beautiful glassy lakes surrounded by fall foliage that are just perfect for a road trip.

Timing is key here, so these are the lakes you should head to for the best fall views.

Chester Lake

Address: Kananaskis Country, Alta.

Why you need to go: Chester Lake offers some of the most spectacular fall views. You can gaze out over the glassy lake at golden trees and stunning mountains.

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Lake Agnes

Address: near Lake Louise, AB

Why you need to go: Not only does Lake Agnes have beautiful golden trees, but you can even warm up with a hot tea in the iconic tea room.

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Malignant Lake

Address: Jasper National Park, Alta.

Why you need to go: As the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies, there’s no shortage of stunning foliage to admire. You can even hire a canoe and take to the water for a unique view.

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Bow Lake

Address: Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, AB

Why you need to go: This glacial lake offers some of the most breathtaking views and they only get better when the fall colors start to surround it.

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Arnica Lake

Address: Banff National Park, Alta.

Why you need to go: Although the hike to Lake Arnica has some pretty steep parts, you get the most incredible views over a valley of golden larch trees before you even reach the sparkling lake.

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Lake Abraham

Address: Nordegg, Alta.

Why you need to go: This man-made lake is beautiful. You can admire the beautiful blue water and thousands of orange and golden trees.

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The Cambridge Belfry Hotel & Spa review 2022 https://chattahoocheetrace.com/the-cambridge-belfry-hotel-spa-review-2022/ Sat, 03 Sep 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://chattahoocheetrace.com/the-cambridge-belfry-hotel-spa-review-2022/ When my partner and I approached the Cambridge Belfry Hotel & Spa, we almost instantly felt like we had escaped all of life’s cares. Our eyes were immediately fixed on the magnificent building and the picturesque lakes surrounding it before entering the grand entrance doors. Situated towards the front of the Cambridge Belfry Hotel & […]]]>

When my partner and I approached the Cambridge Belfry Hotel & Spa, we almost instantly felt like we had escaped all of life’s cares.

Our eyes were immediately fixed on the magnificent building and the picturesque lakes surrounding it before entering the grand entrance doors.


Situated towards the front of the Cambridge Belfry Hotel & Spa is a scenic lake where visitors can stroll.
– Credit: Katie Woodcock

Once inside we were greeted by an approachable member of staff, who checked us in and gave us all the information we needed for our stay.

We visited the hotel for a one night stay on August 31st and my goodness what a relaxing time we had.

Located just 20 minutes from Cambridge city centre, Cambridge Belfry is a calming retreat where guests of all ages (whether couples, families or friends) can experience it at a much slower pace .

As soon as we arrived we noticed the diversity of ages of the people staying at the hotel – it really gave it that sense of community.

We stayed in one of the hotel’s penthouse suites on the third floor and both agreed that we really felt at home.


The penthouse suites at the Cambridge Belfry Hotel & Spa

Cambridge Belfry Hotel & Spa’s penthouse suites have their own lounge and dining area.
– Credit: Katie Woodcock


Cambridge Belfry Hotel & Spa's penthouse suites have their own lounge and dining area.

Cambridge Belfry Hotel & Spa’s penthouse suites have their own lounge and dining area.
– Credit: Katie Woodcock

The bedroom was modern, spotless and well equipped with everything you need for a one night stay (and much longer really!) as it came with its own lounge and dining area.

The beds are extremely comfortable, the TV is much larger than you would normally get in a hotel room, there were lighted touchscreen mirrors in the bathroom, a coffee maker and the view from the windows was idyllic .

Our favorite part however was the jacuzzi spa bath that came with our room type – we felt like we were actually in the spa downstairs when we were actually enjoying this amenity in the comfort of our own room.


The bathroom of the penthouse suites includes a jacuzzi spa bath.

The bathroom of the penthouse suites includes a jacuzzi spa bath.
– Credit: Katie Woodcock


On arrival at the Cambridge Belfry Hotel & Spa we received a welcome pack.

On arrival at the Cambridge Belfry Hotel & Spa we received a welcome pack.
– Credit: Katie Woodcock

Days at the hotel and health club can be spent relaxing in the spa with luxury Elemis treatments and taking time in the steam room or sauna.

If you’re the more athletic type, you can hang out at the on-site gym (which is a decent size), play a game of tennis, or take a leisurely stroll around the hotel’s lakes and grounds.

There’s also the chance to swim a few laps at the pool which has motivational poems on its walls to put guests in the right frame of mind.

The pool has adult-only hours later in the day, so guests are free to choose a time that suits them.


The swimming pool at Cambridge Belfry Hotel & Spa has motivational poems on its walls to put guests in the right frame of mind.

The swimming pool at Cambridge Belfry Hotel & Spa has motivational poems on its walls to put guests in the right frame of mind.
– Credit: Katie Woodcock


Cambridge Belfry Hotel & Spa's pool and jacuzzi have motivational poems on its walls

Cambridge Belfry Hotel & Spa’s pool and jacuzzi area displays motivational poems on its walls to put guests in the right frame of mind.
– Credit: Katie Woodcock

The elegant restaurant and breakfast room, which have been decorated in a way to ease guests’ minds, overlooks the tranquil lake and really gives you that instant feeling while you dine there.

We both had a three course meal and felt like we were eating in a Michelin starred restaurant – we couldn’t fault the food or the service.

The food was cooked completely fresh for each individual table, which we were happy about.


One of the starters offered by the hotel restaurant is the focaccia with cherry tomatoes and basil.

One of the starters offered by the hotel restaurant is the focaccia with cherry tomatoes and basil.
– Credit: Katie Woodcock


One of the entrees of the hotel restaurant offers barbecued glazed meatballs.

One of the entrees of the hotel restaurant offers barbecued glazed meatballs.
– Credit: Katie Woodcock

To start, I opted for the cherry tomato and basil focaccia while my partner chose the barbecue glazed meatballs. These really tickled the taste buds before our main meal arrived.

My partner had the rib eye steak which was pleasing to the eye (and tasted amazing too).

I opted for the grilled chicken supreme and was happy with my choice – it was very filling.


One of the main dishes in the hotel restaurant is the sirloin.

One of the main dishes in the hotel restaurant is the sirloin.
– Credit: Katie Woodcock


One of the hotel restaurant's main dishes is the grilled chicken supreme.

One of the hotel restaurant’s main dishes is the grilled chicken supreme.
– Credit: Katie Woodcock

We had just about enough room for desserts. After reading them on the menu, we were both mouth watering.

I chose the chocolate ganache tart and my partner opted for the blueberry sour cream cheesecake.

After our three course meal the night before, we got up early the next day to sample the breakfast menu.


One of the desserts offered by the hotel restaurant is cheesecake with blueberries and sour cream.

One of the desserts offered by the hotel restaurant is cheesecake with blueberries and sour cream.
– Credit: Katie Woodcock


One of the desserts offered by the hotel restaurant is the chocolate ganache tart.

One of the desserts offered by the hotel restaurant is the chocolate ganache tart.
– Credit: Katie Woodcock

It had everything you would hope for for your morning fuel; no one would go hungry!

From a traditional fry-up of bacon, sausages, eggs, hash browns, mushrooms, tomatoes and fried bread, there’s also cereal, yogurt, toast and a selection of pastries – what more could you ask for?


One of the options that the hotel offers for breakfast - fry.

One of the options that the hotel offers for breakfast – fry.
– Credit: Katie Woodcock

After our breakfast, we spent time in the hotel’s health club and spa; we both left feeling more relaxed than we had ever felt before.

I opted for the relaxing face and back ritual while my partner chose the business friendly back ritual.

The beauticians made us feel extremely relaxed and comfortable while performing our massages; we both commented afterwards on how comfortable we felt throughout.


The spa at Cambridge Belfry Hotel & Spa offers a number of treatments, many of which use Elemis products.

The spa at Cambridge Belfry Hotel & Spa offers a number of treatments, many of which use Elemis products.
– Credit: Katie Woodcock


The courtyard at Cambridge Belfry Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to sit with friends and family.

The courtyard at Cambridge Belfry Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to sit with friends and family.
– Credit: Katie Woodcock

Tranquil music was playing in our treatment room and the room was also dark and soothing which helped us fully experience the spa feeling.

As well as being a hotel, the Cambridge Belfry also accommodates day guests, spa guests and a wedding venue.

When we left, I spoke to General Manager Jon Nield who, after working at Cambridge Belfry for the past two months, hopes to drive the hotel forward with new energy, focusing on guest experience and the local community.

“For me, the hotel is very community-oriented,” he said.

“We are the largest companies in this development and would like our hotel to be part of the backbone of the community; support them in other things we can do too.

He added: “We are a corporate hotel but we are also geared towards leisure with our facilities such as the spa and health club which hotel guests can use as well as those wishing to attend just to the day.”

If you want more information about the Cambridge Belfry Hotel and Spa, you can visit www.thecambridgebelfry.co.uk.

To book a hotel stay, Jon says it’s best to book direct through their website as they regularly run offers such as 10-25% off booking your stay.


We chose a wine from the selective menu to accompany our evening meal in the hotel restaurant.

We chose a wine from the selective menu to accompany our evening meal in the hotel restaurant.
– Credit: Katie Woodcock


Situated towards the front of the Cambridge Belfry Hotel & Spa is a scenic lake where visitors can stroll.

Situated towards the front of the Cambridge Belfry Hotel & Spa is a scenic lake where visitors can stroll.
– Credit: Katie Woodcock

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Climbing Telluride – Worth https://chattahoocheetrace.com/climbing-telluride-worth/ Wed, 31 Aug 2022 21:05:35 +0000 https://chattahoocheetrace.com/climbing-telluride-worth/ RESET luxury resort supports an adventurous community by thinking globally and hiring locally. Photo courtesy of RESET Telluride We were pushing uphill to about 13,000 feet when I realized I hadn’t looked up in miles. Instead, I paid close attention to where I put my feet and tried to regulate my breathing in the increasing […]]]>

RESET luxury resort supports an adventurous community by thinking globally and hiring locally.


Photo courtesy of RESET Telluride

We were pushing uphill to about 13,000 feet when I realized I hadn’t looked up in miles. Instead, I paid close attention to where I put my feet and tried to regulate my breathing in the increasing altitude. As we stopped to admire the view, I looked up and immediately felt a dizzy feeling. The scene is breathtaking.

From our perch about two-thirds up the Lizard Head trail we can see no less than five miles in any direction. Rolling hills, blooming wildflowers, small lakes and the magnificent mountain range greet us everywhere we turn. I’ve spent a lot of time in the Berkshires exploring the many trails through the Appalachian Mountain Range, taking in the sensational fall views atop many of New Hampshire’s peaks, including Mount Washington, hiking the Chilean Andes on snowshoes, and much more. But I’ve never seen anything like it.

Although this trail is not for the faint of heart, it is not irreversible for the average person. As a resident of New York, my daily “hiking” routine is limited to my not-so-strenuous walks through Central Park, all of which are at sea level. This view, which looks like it should only be accessible to goats mountain, is somehow within reach after only a few hours of walking. Thinking about it, the question that had been in my head for four days finds an answer. This That’s why people who move to Telluride, Colorado don’t leave. Having that world-class view accessible across your backyard would, I realize, be an almost impossible thing to give up.

While many of the local hikes around Telluride, which sits in a scenic valley, are accessible to the average person, there are plenty of extreme adventures to satiate all of its adrenaline-junkie residents. The hiking, skiing, snowboarding, rafting, rock climbing, ziplining, paragliding, mountain biking and via ferrata available in this small town attract some of the most elite outdoor men and women I have come across. never seen. As a former Division 1 athlete, I naively went on this journey expecting to be able to hold my own in any situation I encountered. But meeting the people of Telluride is like walking into a room full of marathon runners.

Photo courtesy of RESET Telluride

Internally renaming Telluride “Adventure Town”, I began to understand why this small community, nestled in the San Juan Mountains, is becoming so popular. The accessibility of outdoor adventure has attracted a select group of individuals looking for something deeper. Their shared reverence for nature and the capabilities of the human body has generated a tight-knit community dedicated to finding the “rush”. But they encountered logistical problems. Mainly, a severe housing crisis. People want to move to Telluride for the outdoor adventure lifestyle, but finding a job, let alone an affordable home, is proving nearly impossible. An imbalance between supply and demand means that the average resident cannot afford to live there without having multiple jobs, which absorbs all the adventurous time that motivated them to move there in the first place. . Similar to what we’ve seen in Nantucket during the pandemic, tiny 800 square foot homes cost millions. Yet almost everyone I spoke to who moved there in their early twenties chose to stay for decades. There’s something about this town that encourages them to be the best versions of themselves.

Ironically, the housing crisis is somewhat self-inflicted. Telluride is divided into two parts – the town and the village – separated by a mountain and connected by a free gondola that takes you there in about 15 minutes. Viewing the city from the gondola is beautiful, if a bit odd. With the town occupying only about half of the valley floor, the other half is preserved as a large field of grass. This struck me as odd for a community whose main obstacle to greater prosperity is a housing shortage. And it turns out I was right. The field, which was once a mining site, was purchased by a developer who intended to build a golf course on the huge land. In an unexpected and united uproar, the people of Telluride refused to let this happen. Their commitment to wildlife preservation came to fruition, and in a Herculean effort, they raised $50 million to buy the land, ensuring their little slice of nature remains just that. That effort is immortalized in a 2018 documentary titled “Forever Wild,” which aired on PBS last April.

At the intersection of the demand for adventure and the jobs and housing crisis are Dylan Bates and Holli Ownen. RESET Telluride. Opening for the first time this summer, RESET is an outdoor-centric luxury retreat that has capitalized on the natural resources that surround them. Bates and Owen have developed a program for their guests that allows them to experience Telluride to the fullest while providing well-paying jobs and local business partnership opportunities, effectively uplifting a community with a particular set of restrictions.

Photo courtesy of RESET Telluride

RESET guests stay in The Madeline Hotel Village, owned by Auberge Resorts. The company’s partnerships with local and sustainable suppliers have resulted in a personalized and curated experience that benefits their neighbors as well. Daily programming includes half-day hikes, 50-minute in-room massages, three vegan meals a day, yoga and fitness classes, acupuncture, sound bath, and more. RESET is designed to help you disconnect from your phone and laptop and rediscover what your body is capable of. A 6-12 mile hike a day, combined with afternoon fitness or yoga classes, is likely a lot more physical activity than the average business executive has time for in their routine. . But the plant-based meals provided by the incredible culinary staff, combined with daily massages, leave you feeling surprisingly refreshed and physically capable. Their mindset is that food is medicine, so by providing your body with an onslaught of nutrients specifically for physical recovery, you can leave your bottle of Tylenol at home.

Their relationships with their local partners greatly enhance the mission of this retreat, because tapping into what draws so many adventurous people to this small town is a big part of what makes RESET unique. The hiking guides are hired by a local company called mountain trip. Massage therapists from Telluride Spa Concierge perform daily in-room massages and yoga instructors come from local yoga studios. Additionally, RESET is proud to support Telluride Mountain Cluba non-profit organization dedicated to preserving trails surrounding the community.

Starting at $10,000 for the week, RESET taps into that intangible something that invigorates those who live there and allows its guests to disconnect from the hectic life outside the walls of this scenic valley. RESET aims to help its clients reconnect with themselves, resetting their system through exercise, nutrition, meditation and personal connection.

Equipped with everything needed for true health, Telluride has lured the likes of Oprah, Tom Cruise and Jerry Seinfeld to buy homes amid its hills and valleys. The housing crisis that this community is going through indicates an imbalance between its resources and the demand for adventure. And while the issues they face are far from over, there’s no denying that Telluride is on the rise. RESET offers its customers the opportunity to dip their toes into this world and experience all that the “Adventure City” has to offer.

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Chicago Rooftop Bar Named Best in USA by Travel Website – NBC Chicago https://chattahoocheetrace.com/chicago-rooftop-bar-named-best-in-usa-by-travel-website-nbc-chicago/ Mon, 29 Aug 2022 21:30:41 +0000 https://chattahoocheetrace.com/chicago-rooftop-bar-named-best-in-usa-by-travel-website-nbc-chicago/ Rooftop bars with spectacular views aren’t hard to find in Chicago. But according to new rankings published by a travel website, one specific bar tops them all. In fact, the iconic establishment has been considered the best rooftop bar in the country. The Big 7 Travel website released its official list of the 50 best […]]]>

Rooftop bars with spectacular views aren’t hard to find in Chicago. But according to new rankings published by a travel website, one specific bar tops them all.

In fact, the iconic establishment has been considered the best rooftop bar in the country.

The Big 7 Travel website released its official list of the 50 best rooftop bars in the United States on Monday, ranking Cindy’s Rooftop number one. Located atop the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel in the Loop, Cindy’s has a scenic terrace that offers panoramic views of Millennium Park, Lake Michigan and more, according to its website.

Big 7 Travel describes Cindy’s as a dizzying bar “you’ll come back to” and an establishment “always packed with locals and out-of-towners thanks to its sweeping views…”

The stunning views, however, aren’t the only reason it stands out.

The cocktails are “among the most creative in town,” made with ingredients such as kombucha, according to the website, which says the food is locally sourced, organic and delicious. Due to its popularity, the window to make a reservation is one month.

While Cindy’s took the crown, another Chicago bar also made the top 50 list.

Located on the seventh floor of the Emily Hotel in Fulton Market, Selva has been rated 34. According to the review website, Selva is inspired by the energy of Mexico at night, “meaning you can guarantee a good time”.

Drinks “pack too” and there are plenty of options to choose from.

In addition to tequilas and mezcal, artisanal Mexican spirits like charanga are available.

Here is the list of the 10 best establishments:

  1. Cindy’s roof – Chicago
  2. Red Barber – Denver
  3. The Cloudveil – Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  4. White limo – Nashville
  5. Westlight – New York
  6. POV Rooftop Bar and Restaurant – Washington DC
  7. 9 Mile Station – Atlanta
  8. Z Rooftop 23 – Houston
  9. From the rooftop – Phoenix
  10. El Techo – San Francisco

The full list of 50 bars can be found here.

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g-lake art gallery offers scenic views of the chinese mountainous landscape https://chattahoocheetrace.com/g-lake-art-gallery-offers-scenic-views-of-the-chinese-mountainous-landscape/ Sun, 28 Aug 2022 06:15:54 +0000 https://chattahoocheetrace.com/g-lake-art-gallery-offers-scenic-views-of-the-chinese-mountainous-landscape/ g-lake art gallery overlooks chinese lake + mountains VHD Design Group perches the G-Lake Art Gallery along a serene side of the lake facing the picturesque Chinese mountain landscape. Breathing new life into what was once a retail building, the architects transform the structure, redefining it through distinct perspectives into a Art Gallery for the […]]]>

g-lake art gallery overlooks chinese lake + mountains

VHD Design Group perches the G-Lake Art Gallery along a serene side of the lake facing the picturesque Chinese mountain landscape. Breathing new life into what was once a retail building, the architects transform the structure, redefining it through distinct perspectives into a Art Gallery for the human connection. With minimal expression and a clear design language, G-Lake Art Gallery is defined by a harmonious composition of simple geometric shapes, floating white walls, discreet passageways and curved rooms. A “cloud staircase” crosses the entire structure, ascending into the courtyard and connecting the gallery to its surrounding exterior. Inviting viewers to interact with the structure and connect with nature, the spiral staircase culminates at the top of the building with a rounded vantage point overlooking the city ​​and encompassing natural landscape.

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vhd design group’s spiral “cloud staircase”

Redefining space, VHD Design Group began by approaching the function of an art museum not just as an architectural space, but primarily ‘a place of human connection’. The Chinese Architect office incorporates a grand ‘cloud staircase’, breaking up the monotony of the original structure and adding a dynamic and unifying character to the design for visitors. Winding around the courtyard and rising to cross the G-Lake Art Gallery and extending downward to its exterior, the staircase forms an iconic image in the vertical direction. The dynamic and rhythmic curvature draws the visitor’s gaze to the entrance and invites them to climb and explore, creating an infinite depth of visual effects and offering various perspectives and panoramas of the gallery itself and the surrounding landscape. At the top of the building, visitors can admire the panoramic mountain scenery and the lake from the level of the floating platform.

the spiral staircase of the g-lake art gallery by vhd design group culminates with scenic views of the chinese mountainous landscape
a staircase rises in the courtyard and connects the gallery to its surrounding exterior

define a clear and fluid design system

From landscape architecture to interior design, and from color palette to geometric shapes, the concept of VHD Design Group follows the principles of minimalism. ‘We all follow a spirit called ‘Nothing’, turning everything into geometric and white. From outside to inside, it is given a kind of ‘Clair’, so that in the era of contemporary art, it can show vocabulary and vitality without any scruples’, note the architects.

Throughout the space of the G-Lake Art Gallery, the visitor’s vision is guided by design. Curved white walls and discreet passageways connecting room to room enhance the sculptural quality of the building. Upon entering the hall, the boundaries are defined by white walls, designed with the ceiling to the floor, in which the edges are hidden. Reinforcing its integrity, its openness and its fluidity, the contours of space fade. The architects define the gallery with a minimal interior and a simple space system. A transformation between virtual and real appears according to the multidimensional field, connecting people with art. In the absence of ornaments and embellishments, only the emotional feeling defined by artefacts and structural elements is left in light and shadow, materials and geometric structure. Everywhere, oriental elements become natural rhythms between traditional style and modern style.

the spiral staircase of the g-lake art gallery by vhd design group culminates with scenic views of the chinese mountainous landscape
the staircase culminates with a floating vantage point overlooking the natural landscape

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