Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol

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Em dezembro de 2014 fomos a Bristol que fica no sudoeste da Inglaterra (quase umas 4 horas de carro pra gente). Eu tinha muita vontade de ir a Bristol por um unico motivo: A ponte suspensa.

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Essa ponte eh mencionada no livro que usei para estudar para o Life in the UK test (teste para cidadania). A ponte eh linda demais e quando fomos a Bristol nao me decepcionei.

Fiz um video para tentar mostrar a beleza da Clifton Suspension Bridge. Como o proprio nome diz, ela eh suspensa (por cabos).

O nome do genio que a projetou? Isambard Kingdom Brunel que tinha apenas 23 anos de idade na epoca.

A construcao levou 33 anos e a ponte foi inaugurada em 1864 (a ponte fez 150 anos em 2014 – na epoca em que fiz o video).

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A ponte me fascinou de tal maneira que ao chegar em casa pesquisei sobre ela e curiosamente li uma historia (veridica) de uma moca chamada Sarah Ann Henley – que por sua vez tem o mesmo sobrenome do meu pai rs.

Enfim, Sarah decidiu se jogar da ponte em 1885 depois de um termino de noivado. Naquela epoca, as mulheres usavam vestidos ou saias bem pesadas e de varias camadas. Era uma manha de muito vento e, o que aconteceu? Sarah estava caindo de cabeca pra cima e o vento fez com que a saia dela virasse uma especia de para-quedas. Ao inves de cair no Rio, ela caiu nas margens enlameadas do mesmo.

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Resumo da opera: Sarah foi resgatada por varios transeuntes que testemunharam o incidente (eu e a palavra transeunte rs) e logo em seguida ela foi pedida em casamento por varios pretendentes.

Sarah casou-se com um deles e viveu ate seus 85 anos de idade.

Se voce, assim como eu, tambem achou a historia fascinante, voce pode ler os detalhes na pagina oficial da ponte.

Boa leitura!

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In December 2014 we went to Bristol in the southwest of England (roughly a 4-hour drive for us). I’d been dying to go there for basically one reason: The suspension bridge.

The Clifton Suspension bridge is mentioned in the book Life in the UK (which is a test I took for my British citizenship). It’s a beautiful piece of engineering and when we got there I wasn’t let down.

I made a video to try to show its beauty. It’s called suspension bridge because of the way it’s hanging from its cables. (Sorry readers, the video is in Portuguese but you can still see how amazing it looks).

The name of the genius who designed it? Isambard Kingdom Brunel who was 23 years old then.

It took 33 years for the bridge to be built and it was open in 1864 (it was its 150th anniversary when I made the video).

I was so fascinated by the bridge that when I got home I googled it and found a very interesting story of a young lady called Sarah Ann Henley – who happened to have my father’s surname haha

Anyway, one day in 1885, Sarah decided to jump off the bridge after a breakup. Back then, the ladies used to wear long and heavy dresses with multiple layers.

It was a very windy morning and what happened then? Sarah was falling feet first when a gust of air blew beneath her skirt and blew her away from the water. She fell on the mud almost in a sitting position.

In a nutshell: Sarah was rescued by several passers-by who had witnessed the whole incident and soon after that she was bombarded with marriage proposals.

Eventually Sarah got married and lived up to the age of 85.

If you also think it’s a fascinating story, I suggest you read it in full on the bridge’s official website.

Happy reading!

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About claudiarant

Brazilian-born, British citizen and married to a Brit. I moved to the UK in 2011 and I decided to share my experiences, curiosities, challenges here so I hope you enjoy your reading. I'm an Industrial Designer a Language Teacher and a keen cyclist ;) Nascida no Brasil, cidada Britanica e marido britanico. Me mudei para o Reino Unido em 2011 e decidi compartilhar aqui minhas experiencias, curiosidades e desafios entao espero que curtam a leitura. Sou desenhista industrial e professora de idiomas (Ingles e Portugues para estrangeiros) e ciclismo eh minha nova paixao. View all posts by claudiarant

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