Saturday, October 6, 2007

More views from the top

The best way to enjoy any scenery is to see it from the top. Although I have the fascination (obsession?) of whoring myself in pictures, I always make it a point to take a photo of the city I'm visiting from any tall building. Here are some of them:

Lisbon, Portugal from the Castelo de São Jorge. On top of the hill where Portugal's King Manuel I built a fortification to serve as the first line of the defense, tourists can now enjoy the breath-taking view of the city and the Tagus River.

Bruges, Belgium from the city belfry in Markt. The square below is that of the city hall in the Burg area. At the left-hand side of the city hall (hidden from the view) is the Basilica of the Holy Blood that houses what is supposedly the relic of the blood of Jesus.

Hydra, Greece from a ledge overlooking the Saronic Gulf. I just had to take a picture of the island from this perspective because of the cactus. I met some Mexicans during the cruise that left from Athens; obviously they're so fascinated with this spiny plant that grows abundantly in their country that they began to talk about how to prepare dishes with it!

Saragossa, Spain from the belfry of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pilar. The basilica dedicated to the Nuestra Señora del Pilar, patroness of all Hispanic countries, is itself amazing. The view from bell tower is superb as it captures the tall spires that towers over Zaragoza.

Rome, Italy from the Cupola of St. Peter's. Climbing this tallest building this side of the planet is perhaps an allegory of how the road to heaven will be. There's an elevator, yes, but the remaining steps and the manner by which you have to climb them are very challenging, to say the least.

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