Pheasant Island is a little island near the French-Spanish border. It was here in this island that representatives from France and Spain met to sign the Treaty of the Pyrenees, which would officially end the Thirty Years War in 1659 and draw the official border between Spain and France.
The natural border they chose was the Bidasoa river and in its middle was the official French-Spanish border. The only problem was that there was a 1.6-acre in that river and it’s called Pheasant Island. Instead of splitting the little plot of land into two, the Treaty of Pyrenees arranged that Pheasant Island would be a condominium.
Pheasant Island is a condominium, but not as a condominium as you may know it today.
A condominium, as defined in the treaty, is a territory over which multiple nations exercise equal dominion and sovereignty without dividing it into different territories. That means both Spain and France have jurisdiction over Pheasant Island and they are able to exercise this dominion by changing the island’s sovereignty every six months.
In an amusing statement by the New York Times, “it’s like the ball in an extremely slow game of ping-pong between France and Spain.”
Back before the treaty was signed, Pheasant Island didn’t have a clear status. It was instead a neutral venue wherein French and Spanish monarchs would meet. Therefore, Pheasant Island has seen its fair share of important historical events, particularly when it came to monarchs meeting their future wives.
Pheasant Island is the neutral ground where Spanish and French monarchs would meet.
In 1615, French King Louis XIII met his Spanish bride, Anna of Austria in Pheasant Island, at the same time her brother Philip IV first met his future wife, King Louis XIII’s sister, Elisabeth of France.
Later on in 1659, Louis XIII’s son, Louis XIV would meet his future wife, Theresa of Spain, on Pheasant Island as well. Other bridal exchanges include Marie Louise d’Orleans being handed over to Charles II of Spain in 1679, and Mariana Victoria of Spain being handed over to Louis XV in 1721, though the marriage never went ahead.
A painting depicting the meeting between French King Louis XIII and Philip IV and their respective future brides on Pheasant Island.
Today, no one is allowed to visit Pheasant Island, though tourists and curious folks alike may visit the nearby towns of Irun on the Spanish side and Hendaye on the French side.
This Crime-Free Village Has Homes with No Doors or Locks
Shani Shingnapur is known as a crime-free village where villagers have stopped guarding their homes and properties!
With so much news about crime, you'd be hard-pressed to find one person who's so trusting that they'd leave their parked cars unlocked. But would you believe that there's an entire village in Mumbai that uses no locks or even doors in their village?
Shani Shingnapur is a village 300 kilometers east of Mumbai. They are known for never leaving anything locked since they believe that they are protected by Lord Shani, a powerful god who harshly punishes criminals.
These doorless homes only have a curtain to protect the inhabitants' privacy.
The Majestic Guardian Hoodoos of Goblin Valley State Park
Nature is truly a great artist! These rock “goblins” may look like the work of a human artist, but it’s actually made by the wind and sea!
The natural world is full of wonders that the human mind sometimes can't fathom. No amount of human labor and technology can create great works of art like Australia's Ayers rock, the Grand Canyon, and ethereal Aurea Borealis. But there are some works of art by nature that might suggest that She has a sense of humor too!
Goblin Valley is a two by four-mile valley located in Emery Country between Green River and Hanksville, Utah. Its name comes form its numerous hoodoos - sandstone rocks that were eroded by the wind and water into the shapes of mythical creatures like goblins.
The Goblin Valley of Utah is known for its intricate rock formations.
New Zealand’s Bull Town Is Unbelievably Full Of Bull Puns
It’s a puny bull-ocky place you won’t soon forget.
If there ever is a tourist town worth a visit, it’s the municipality of Bulls.
What’s so special about this small town sixty kilometers (37 miles) north of Wellington, New Zealand?
It’s a town of full of bull puns....
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