Left feet

There’s a so-called “walkers paradise” where tourists can enjoy scenic views and historical relics on foot. That is Cézembre in Brittany, France, an island like Cavite’s Corregidor where huge cannons used by American and Filipino forces during World War II are among the attractions.

Like Corregidor, uninhabited Cézembre has WWII bunkers and rusty artillery pieces that recall the violent past, while its sandy beach, turquoise waters and seabirds offer visitors recreation. There is one catch though.

Tourists have to move only on an 800-meter path to safely enjoy the views and relics. The barbed wire and signs warning “Danger! Ground not cleared beyond the fences!” remind visitors that the 18-hectare place is littered with mines and unexploded bombs, according to Agence France-Presse.

Limbs and lives are at risk in Cézembre for careless tourists who ignore the warning signs and fences. In contrast, the Rutherford Memorial Grounds in Brightwater, New Zealand, is fairly safe for strolling. As a matter of fact, in the site’s main attraction, the feet of the statue of nuclear physics pioneer and 1908 Nobel Prize winner Lord Ernest Rutherford are so secure to its concrete base that it cannot be stolen.

A thief tried to steal the statue of Rutherford as a boy done by Monaco sculptor Paul Walshe.

“The late-night heist was caught on camera. The determined thief turned up on a bike armed with a rope and spent half an hour rocking the statue back and forth until it snapped,” Newshub.co.nz reported.

The CCTV footage also showed “the thief cycling away from the scene on a bicycle carrying the heavy metallic statue,” AFP reported.

Rutherford’s feet, firmly attached to the base, was left by the vandal.

Alert police later caught the thief swimming in a river to escape arrest and recovered the statue intact from a house. The feet have since been reunited with the rest of the stolen part.


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