Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Europe: As Viewed From Above


Whenever I visit a new city, there are a few things I like to do:

  1. Stroll around the different neighborhoods.
  2. Find an awesome local bar.
  3. Climb to a high point and view the city from above.

Here are several cities in Europe that I was lucky enough to view from above:

Bruges from Above

Bruges, Belgium, as viewed from the Belfry.

Florence from Above

Florence, Italy, as viewed from the Duomo. My apartment was halfway down the left edge of the photo!

Monaco From Above

Monte-Carlo, Monaco, as viewed from Monaco-Ville.  The big boat is Bill Gates’.

Rome From Above

Rome, Italy, as viewed from Santa Maria del Priorato, after performing with the Fairfield University Glee Club.

Interlaken, Switzerland, as viewed from the Funny Farm Hostel.

Venice From Above

Venice, Italy, as viewed from the Campanile.

Where’s your favorite place to view a city?

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10 Responses to “Europe: As Viewed From Above”
  1. Adam says:

    Cool! Great idea. I love randomly wandering around but rarely end up uphill!

  2. Usually my favourite point of view is from the water: from the sea or cruising a river… Don’t know why!

  3. Gareth Sear says:

    Great post Kate – I love the high points of a city, especially the physical ones!.

    Perhaps you should get people to send in their pictures of places from on high? I was thwarted by the one in Florence. I tried to find the highest building in a city, go up and take pics, but in Florence I went up a church tower, looked across only to see Duomo was a smidge higher. Something to go back to. Great place to live as well!

    One of the best High Point moments was in Auckland up the Sky Tower when Mr Clinton was visiting and watching his cavalcade through the city, whilst spotting snipers (friendly ones I think) on the roofs of the tower blocks. Quite cool.

  4. Amanda says:

    Great photos, Kate! I also really love viewing cities from up high.

    Some of my favorites have been in New Zealand (Wellington from Mount Victoria, Queenstown from the Skyline Gondola, Kaikoura from the water tower), and Italy (Rome from the top of the dome of St. Peter’s).

    But another kind of surreal from-above view was from the Oriental Pearl tower in Shanghai, China — from there, the city is an endless maze of skyscrapers that fade into the choking smog. Definitely not a beautiful view, but still a memorable one.

  5. Gillian says:

    That’s awesome…and also my fav way to view a city! I didn’t go to the top of my university’s clock tower (UC Berkeley’s campanile) until the week before graduation and it was insane how different the city looked from up there!

  6. casacaudill says:

    Dublin from the top of the Gravity Bar at the Guinness Storehouse is definitely worth the price of admission alone (the beer’s a pretty good reason too).

  7. Ant Stone says:

    Great series. Europe is beautiful from up above, especially the eastern countries with their medieval spires and walled cities.


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