In what might be my only trip of 2020 I went to Dublin in March. And while there, I couldn’t miss the Guinness museum. The museum itself was fun and very well organised, but one of the best things about it was the bar at the top. It offers the best panorama views of the city and is a pretty great place to drink your pint like a proper tourist.
Between Gothic churches, socialist buildings and abandoned houses, there are also shiny glass malls in Frankfurt (Oder). On top of those are restaurants with nice views. And on the other side of the river is Poland.
The first time I was in Berlin was 6 years ago.
The second was last week.
The first time I didn’t go in the Berlin Cathedral and up to its dome, I don’t remember why. Maybe there was no time, maybe it was closed. Regardless of the reason, I got the chance to correct my mistake this time.
The Stephansdom is one of the symbols of Vienna. This Gothic Cathedral stands tall in the perfect centre since the 14th century. Back in the day, more than 10 000 people were buried under this church. Now, a part of the catacombs is open to visitors who are interested in this kind of thing. So you could go down into the depths of the city and see its past. Or, alternatively, rise high above it for a different experience.
Valencia was one of the nicest trips I’ve taken. Our apartment was in the centre, the weather was nice, the food was delicious and we had enough time to see everything and to take it easy. And so when we went up the Cathedral at the end of our 4 day trip in May, we knew what we were looking at. We saw the terrace of our AirBnb where we had breakfast, we saw the City of Arts and Sciences in the background where we went to twice, we saw the Gate Tower we had just climbed and we looked at people’s terraces, longingly, as people who don’t have such a luxury at home. We saw the old town and the modern part. The palm trees and the brown buildings. The view was well worth the small entrance price to the tower of the Cathedral and the climbing of the winding steps that I so viscerally hate.
Climbing towers is the most exhausting and yet most rewarding thing a person can do in a new city. I’ve climbed towers in Pisa, Prague, Copenhagen and Edinburgh. And yet, if there is an option for an elevator, you can bet your ass you will find me on the queue for the elevator.
The Rundetaarn or Round Tower in Copenhagen is one of the nicer towers I’ve ever climbed. Not only is it roomy it also has no stairs. I repeat, no stairs to remind me I’m not doing enough cardio and to make me question if I have claustrophobia or if it’s normal to feel a bit disconcerted while being out of breath in a small space tens of meters above ground.Continue reading “High above Copenhagen”
The Scott Monument in Edinburgh is the highest monument dedicated to a writer in Europe. It celebrates Sir Walter Scott, who helped shape and popularize Scottish culture. The first time I was in Edinburgh it was closed, so I couldn’t climb its almost 300 small, winding steps (so sad, seeing how I love stairs). This past weekend I returned and the Monument was on the agenda.Continue reading “Scott Monument”
Prague is a beautiful city, regardless of where you are standing. I already wrote about the view from the Czech Eiffel Tower, but it isn’t the only place that can offer you a thrilling sight over this European capital. The Charles Bridge, the number one tourist attraction hides a special spot as well. It will only take you, sigh, a few stairs to reach.
If you ever go to Pisa and don’t climb to the top of the Leaning Tower…well you can’t do it. They don’t let you leave the city if you don’t do it. And it shows from the worn down steps of the Tower that everyone has climbed it. It’s fun, climbing so many stairs, going in circles and feeling your body lean to one direction to counteract the lean of the bell tower.
Ha, I lied, of course, I never have fun climbing stairs. But I found that it’s usually worth it once you get to the top.