Posts tagged birdseye view
Street Views in Naples, Italy

Naples is without a doubt, a gritty city. From a bird’s eye view, the wide roads and colorful buildings look well kept, rolling down from the hill towards the water. A beautiful view of Mount Vesuvius echoes in the distance. One might mistake it for a southern Italian paradise. Unlike the picturesque Capri, Amalfi Coast, or even Sorrento, Naples is a rough around the edges, lived in city. The locals may speak little to no English. You’ll bend your ear to make sense of the few words you may have studied before landing here. This place isn’t catered to tourists. Nor should it be.

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Street Views in Pompeii, Italy

Pompeii was an ancient roman city, best known as the city buried under ash from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. While the ruins are well preserved and sees many visitors annually, the modern city of Pompeii on the periphery of the ruins is a bustling place, catering to tourists. Shops and restaurants line the street main street and if you are patient enough, you may spot the locals about their business.

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Turó de les Tres Creus in Barcelona, Spain

From the Turó de les Tres Creus, which is located in Park Güell, you can see a magnificent 360 degree view of Barcelona, stretching from the mountains to the sea. The structure itself is made of stacked stones and three crosses. It's a bit of a trek from Park Güell, but not impossible to walk up the paved pathways. 

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One World Trade Center in New York City, New York

The World Trade Center is in essence the hub of American capitalism, whether that is a good or bad thing. When there were the two Twin Towers, the New York skyline was a bit different and the World Trade Center was a bustling place. Thousands of people went to work each day in those buildings. I remember going as a child to the top and staring at the views of the Hudson River and the people like ants below me.

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Fort Fincastle in Nassau, Bahamas

Fort Fincastle was built in 1793 on Bennet's Hill, the highest point on the island, to watch for pirates. The shape itself is very unique, resembling a paddle-wheel steamer, circular except for a triangular tip. With expansive 360 degree views, you can easily spot your cruise ship or the Atlantis resort in Paradise Island which is presumably how most of you will find your way to this island.

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Calton Hill in Edinburgh, Scotland

The best thing about Edinburgh, Scotland is the mixture of natural green spaces and preserved architecture. If the hike up Arthur's seat isn't your cup of tea, a mild stroll through Calton Hill may be a great alternative. This hill is right in the center of Edinburgh and is included in the city's UNESCO world heritage site designation. The small hike to the top will offer great views of the city. 

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Bird's-eye View from San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, Italy

Stand at Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square) and peer across the turquoise waters. A bell tower stands tall, just behind a white church. Remember the quest? Always seek a place that offers a new vantage point, preferably with a birdseye view of the city. There is no better way to know a city.

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Fourvière in Lyon, France

The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière is a minor basilica in Lyon. The structure itself is iconic in Lyon's postcards. It sits next to the Tour métallique de Fourvière or Metallic Tower of Fourvière, known so some as the sister Eiffel Tower. The courtyards provide expansive views of the city, all the way to Mont Blanc. Inside, the murals glisten with gold leaf adornments.

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