每日英語跟讀 Ep.K285: About France - French balloonist breaks world record for standing on hot-air balloon at altitude
A 28-year-old Frenchman broke the world record Wednesday for standing on a hot-air balloon at altitude. Rémi Ouvrard stood on top of a hot-air balloon for France’s Telethon at an altitude of more than 3,637 meters over Chatellerault, western France.
The balloon was piloted by Ouvrard’s father, Jean-Daniel Ouvrard, a seasoned pilot. The altitude was not random: It matches the phone number digits of the Telethon campaign, 36-37, an annual event that raises money for research and advocacy related to rare neuromuscular diseases. The hot-air balloon reached a peak altitude of 4,016 meters.
Once he landed after his feat Wednesday, he told local reporters he experienced “a feeling of ‘zenitude’ mixed with the excitement of the performance.”
“When we passed the 3,500 meters, I knew that we could get the 4,000. We had to beat the iron when it was still hot,” he said.
Room without a view - French war bunker reborn as guesthouse無景之房：法國戰時地堡重生為旅館
A bunker built by German troops in Saint-Pabu in northern France during World War Two has been restored and refitted as an underground guesthouse.
Serge Colliou bought up a plot of land there and spent 18 months digging out and renovating the 400-square-meter structure, turning it into rental for up to eight people, complete with bar and living room.
"We adapted (the bunker) while preserving a certain feel," Colliou said. "We wanted to give the building a second life, so we are not going to live in the past forever. We saved some aspects, you know where you are, there are historic cues, but this isn’t a museum either."
War-time touches in Bunker L479 include helmets, reproduction guns and signs on the walls. Both German and French guests have stayed there since it opened a year ago, Colliou said. Source article: https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1484491; https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1491650