Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:53 PM
flamingdem (28,450 posts)
French daredevil climbs Havana hotel without net
* Thanks to Judy Lynne for the heads up on the Frenchman
** Habana Libre Hotel is an ubercool mid century modern building that was Fidel's headquarters
after being a Hilton
HAVANA (AP) — A French daredevil who has scaled some of the world's tallest buildings conquered Cuba's famous Habana Libre hotel on Monday without ropes or a safety net — climbing to the top in about half an hour as hundreds of awed onlookers gasped and cheered from the streets below.
Alain Robert clambered onto the roof of the 27-story hotel just after 1:30 p.m. after a death-defying stunt that followed years of other hair-raising feats.
The climber had said his main concern was not the height of the 413-foot-tall (126-meter) hotel, but that a bit of the building's brittle facade might break off. Like many city landmarks, the hotel is in disrepair after more than half a century of Communist rule on the island.
In the end, the 50-year-old Frenchman made short work of the building, climbing confidently and so quickly he could have almost been riding a slow-moving elevator.
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Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:19 AM
Judi Lynn (86,128 posts)
2. Unbelievable! How could anyone enjoy doing that?
The photos are terrific. Have never seen photos of Havana from above.
The kid got a good view of his trip up the side of the hotel.