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Extreme engineering on Europe's canals with long tunnels in England and France

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A correspondent recently introduced us to the so-called Wonders of the World, which turned out not to be dazzling great sites from antiquity but rather exemplars of design and engineering from the last two hundred years. Among them was Paw-Paw tunnel, where the Chesapeake and Ohio canal cuts through the Allegheny mountains in the USA. As it happens, we had never heard of Paw-Paw tunnel, being afflicted by virtue of our calling with a certain European myopia. But news of this 950 metres long American wonder impelled us to check out Europe's canal tunnels.

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and Susanne Kries manage hidden europe, a Berlin-based editorial bureau that supplies text and images to media across Europe. Together they edit hidden europe magazine. Nicky and Susanne are dedicated slow travellers. They delight in discovering the exotic in the everyday.

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