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It might not be Jericho's, China's, or Hadrian's, but the cherry-red rampart before you flaunts a drama all its own. Just a sliver of the wall teases from the pond and reeds, but you've already sussed out its great length from its two-word name. It wasn't designed, however, to keep people out (or in, hello Berlin) but to serve as a high-minded sound barrier. After all, you've just exited a heavily trafficked highway that links this country's fashionable city with one whose fortunes are sinking.
Made of lacquered aluminum, the lamellar (yeah, we had to look it up too) palisade shields an industrial R and D hub. The flagship organization on the hundred-acre campus is a manufacturer of brake systems for high-performance motorbikes and cars (think Formula 1, not your Prius). A few years ago, the architect responsible for the complex won the big P. Theater cognoscenti admire his trio of halls in a Midwestern city; Parisians head to events at his institute devoted to a vibrant culture; and no one who visits one Mediterranean city can miss his bullet-shaped tower, which is commonly given decidedly more graphic labels.
The partition was built just outside a midsize northern city in a southern country where a famous son composed a tearful aria popularized by Caruso. This region represents one of the strongest industrial engines on the continent, but jump on your scooter and in no time you'll be cavorting at glacial-lake resorts. For now, since there's plenty of espresso in the company cafeteria, stick around till nightfall for a spectacular illuminated view of the wall. We're pretty sure this one won't come tumbling down.
Where are you, anyhow?
At The Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Plantation in Georgia, you'll be greeted by a shimmering lake and quiet tranquility. Whether your visit at the lodge includes golfing on championship courses, a relaxing day of fishing, wandering through antebellum towns or just relaxing at the spa, this Georgia luxury hotel offers an engaging backdrop in the heart of nature. Experience this Georgia luxury resort today.
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