The 8 Strangest Streets in The World

 These 8 bizarre streets from all over the world each have something atypical: here is their particularity, with supporting photos!

The unknown is part of the appeal of travel , like trying a local specialty, witnessing a cultural tradition, or stumbling upon a decidedly unusual street. Imagine you're browsing the stalls at Maeklong Market in Thailand when a train horn blares, the vendors abruptly lower their awnings, and you pull back to the side of the street that also happens to be a railway. It's one of those moments that inspires you to take a photo to treat your friends later.

Streets, naturally, have an identity. And some even become the emblems of a destination , like Fifth Avenue in New York or the famous curves of Lombard Street in San Francisco .

But strange streets are not that rare. Some have record measurements, from the widest to the narrowest. In the Scottish town of Wick, for example, Ebenezer Square measures 2.06 meters, making it the shortest street in the world.

You will see that, all over the world, there are some really weird streets:

Angel Place, Sydney, Australia

The unexpected and evocative sound of birds chirping indicates that you are on Angel Place , a small lane in Sydney's CBD. The 120 empty bird cages are another indication. Artist Michael Thomas Hill created this “exhibit” in 2009 to draw attention to how urban development was pushing out wildlife. Officially known as Forgotten Songs , the installation was so popular that it became permanent. When you get there, listen carefully. The soundtrack changes throughout the day, revealing the sounds of more than 50 species of birds that once lived here. At night, you can hear the Australian Egothele, the Ninoxe, the Common Podar-poor-will, and the Whiskered Nightjar.

Caminho do Comboio, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

The Caminho do Comboio has no sidewalks, and the most popular mode of transportation to use it remains the wicker sleigh "driven" by men on foot (you can choose to walk, take a sleigh, or take a cable car ). Continuing a tradition that dates back to the 1850s, two carreiros , dressed in traditional cotton clothing and straw hats, run as fast as humanly possible from the Nossa Senhora Church in Monte, to Funchal, the capital of the island of Madeira. The journey takes around 10 minutes and can reach almost 50 km/h (and €30 for 2 and per descent).

Ebenezer Square, Wick, Scotland

Ebenezer Square, located at the tip of a triangular block, was built in 1883 by Alexander Sinclair and has been officially credited with the title of the shortest street in the world , measuring just 2.06 meters long. The only address on the street is No. 1, a bistro which belongs to the Mackays Hotel.

Maeklong Railway Market, Thailand

Is it a market? Railway ? A street ? Maeklong is actually all of these. On the Maeklong market , everyone is doing their business, merchants sell their products, passers-by make their purchases but when in the distance we hear the horn of a train, the stalls withdraw just as the passers-by hurry to crowd in. edge of the street. That's when a train passes, razing the market by a few centimeters. After which, everyone resumes their activity as if the train had never passed.

Avenida 9 de julio, Buenos Aires, Argentina

At normal walking speed, it takes pedestrians two to three green lights to cross the 12 traffic lanes and flower-filled medians of Avenue 9 de Julio. Construction of the world's widest street began in the 1930s and took nearly 50 years. It was modeled on the Champs-Élysées, but is twice as wide in order to make Buenos Aires the “Paris of South America”. Many of Buenos Aires' most notable landmarks can be seen along the sprawling street, including the Obelisk, the Don Quixote statue, and the Teatro Colón.

Paper Streets, Pittsburgh, USA

A “paper street” is a street that appears on a map but does not actually exist. The term gained some attention thanks to the film Fight Club in which the protagonist lives in a house on "Paper Street". As simple as they are mysterious, these streets exist on maps, but are perhaps only a passage or a staircase, when they can be found at all. How did it happen ? Poor city planning and poor real estate record keeping.

Norderstrasse, Flensburg, Germany

Have you ever walked down a street and seen piles of pairs of shoes hanging from an electrical wire? In this German town located a few kilometers from the Danish border, there is even a term for it: Shoefiti (contraction of shoe and graffiti). This practice of shoe throwing is sometimes considered an art, or as the fact that a child becomes an adult, and he must throw his shoes to hang them on the thread. Others claim the shoes were thrown away to commemorate the death of a gang member, or as a way to mark gang territory. It can also be a way to signal that there is a drug dealer. Regardless of the original purpose, Norderstraße has become a Flensburg tourist landmark, enticing tourists to leave their shoes on.

Baldwin Street, Dunedin, New Zealand

Baldwin Street is the steepest street in the world with an average gradient of 35%. Good brakes are therefore essential if you want to park on this street. The people living on the street have huge calves. All joking aside, you'll be rewarded at the top with a drinking fountain and views of Otago Harbour.

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