Views from the 6

Posted by Jay in Travel on June 3rd, 2015

Yes, I was clearly inspired by Drizzy Drake for the title of this post, but I think it’s apt!

When it comes to going on holiday and deciding what to do while I am there, I like to push myself as hard as I possibly can. Usually starting from the morning and not going back until I have completely tired myself out ‘adventuring’. Some of my trips have lead me to some amazing sights with stunning views that can only be reached from very high off the ground. And I do not like backing down from a challenge, so below are some of the more dangerous trips that I have taken along my journey…

Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge – Northern Ireland

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In July 2013, a friend and I went to Belfast and one of our stops was to the famous Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, which we combined with the Giant’s Causeway. Once we had started our trip, the weather was okay but slightly grey and it took a while to walk from the car park to the actual bridge. It had started raining and made everything that much more dangerous. To make matters worse, to get to the rope you have to walk down wooden and metal steps and there was a nice long queue forming behind me. Thankfully, I was able to make it there all in one piece and got excellent views of the area. Would I go back? No, thanks!

Duomo di Siena [Siena Cathedral] – Italy

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As with the rest of Italy that I’d seen, Siena was simply beautiful in a rather rustic and traditional fashion. One of the highlights was the Siena Cathedral. In order to get to the top, you have to go through many, many steps that start out wide and spacious at first. Until you get to the last part that starts to get narrower and winds. How on earth I managed to get to the top? I will never know. But I am very glad that I was able to make it back down and live to see another day!

Duomo di Milano [Milan Cathedral] – Italy

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The cathedral in Milan is simply breathtaking, from any angle you look at it. And even better from the top, as you get to appreciate the architecture up close and personal with the intricate spires at the top. As with most cathedral, the space available gets more cramped and you have to twist and turn to let others through. But the views were most definitely worth it.

Liverpool Cathedral – UK

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Another cathedral? I am sensing a pattern here! All of them seem to make you work for the views, and the Liverpool Cathedral was no different. While it did have more space to move around than the other places I’ve mentioned, there were a LOT of stairs to contend with after you take the lift up part of the way. I had to keep reminding myself not to look down. But once you go up the stairs before you reach the top, you can see the beautiful bells within the tower. Brilliant.

Castelo de São Jorge [St George’s Castle] – Portugal

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Lisbon is just beautiful. If it wasn’t for all the hills and different areas with varying steepness, I could actually see myself living here. But without the hills, you wouldn’t get the wonderful miradouros [viewpoints] scattered around the city. St George’s Castle gives a great vantage point of the city below, and also has a cannon at the top that you can surely have countless of hours of fun with! Unlike the previous places mentioned, there is plenty of room to walk about here, but your thigh muscles will certainly get a workout with the incline.

Montjuic – Spain

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As if Barcelona was great enough, it is home to Montjuic [Jew Mountain] that has fabulous vistas of the city below. And is one of the easiest on the list to get to as there are many escalators dotted around leading up to the top as well as some ramped areas. Plus, it has the Magic Fountain there which is always a great show.

Budapest Citadel – Hungary

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The citadel in Budapest is simply phenomenal as you get a view of the city but also the famous Danube river, with the stunning Parliament building included all in the same price! Great place for a picnic, if you’re so inclined. Or you could just ask your awesome friend to take a ‘Oh, I didn’t see you there’ picture.

30 Rock – New York,USA

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New York, you beautifully dirty city! I went to NYC twice while I was on my study abroad in America. And I had a tough time choosing between going up the Empire State Building or choosing 30 Rock. I ended up choosing the Rock simply because I figured I’d be back to see the Empire State. There is a lift that takes you to the top with the amazing views. But there are some extra stairs to go up, if you want to get that little bit higher. Although, I do look pretty high in the picture above, but I promise I was just tired! The fabulousness of New York had worn me out.

Eiffel Tower – France

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No trip to Paris is complete without time spent on top of the tower. I had only been allowed to go to the first floor on the lift because of my disability as they didn’t want to risk anything happening and me not being able to get down. Even though I told them that I could do stairs slowly, but whatever. The views from where I was allowed to go were spectacular. From high above, you feel almost invincible. At least until the wind kicks up your skirt, cuz you just had to be “Oh so Parisian”. Do not make the same mistake I did, I was stuck outside in the cold waiting for the wind to die down lest I flash the whole of Paris…

So there are 9 of the more dangerous places I have ventured to in order to get killer views of the city I was in. Definitely enjoyed myself when I was there, but there are some on the list that I only need to do once, thank you very much. And I have included one last place below, because even though I didn’t actually go up it myself, it should still totally count, right?

St Paul’s Cathedral [via One New Change] – UK

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Even though I did not actually go up the top to of St Paul’s Cathedral, I was able to go to One New Change which is a shopping centre just across the road and use the lift! So I was able to get the great views without having to create a long queue of people behind me and huffing and puffing up the stairs!

Have you guys been to any places not mentioned in the list above? Where else do you think I should try and conquer next?

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