Travel theme: Above

I’ve been busy admiring the scenery of Glendalough from above recently, but have been lucky enough to have taken in several wonderful views around the world from above. First up, the lovely city of Seattle at nighttime, taken from the top of the Space Needle.

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A rainy day on the via Condotti in Rome, taken from the top of the Spanish Steps.

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It is only from above that you can truly appreciate how much of Manhattan is taken up by Central Park – this is the jaw-dropping view looking north from the Top of the Rock.

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One of my favourite views of all time, flying over the Alps with my nose pressed up against the window, watching those amazing mountains spread out for miles like the stippled icing on top of a Christmas cake.

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Do you have a favourite view from above? If you would like to join in this week’s travel theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Above
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
  • Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS!

xxx Ailsa

This above all; to thine own self be true. – William Shakespeare

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. – Edward Abbey

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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112 Responses to Travel theme: Above

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  3. How do you come up with these splendid themes, Ailsa? And such nice photos!
    Here’s mine: http://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2014/11/28/travel-theme-above/

    • ailsapm says:

      Hi Marion, I usually find inspiration from whatever has happened during the week, sometimes I sit down with absolutely no idea what theme I’m going to pick and something always pops into my mind as I’m staring at the screen 🙂 So glad you enjoyed this week’s photos, I adore your Lisbon rooftops, I find rooftops endlessly fascinating – when I was in Edinburgh I had to be careful not to bump into things because the rooftops were so amazing I spent most of my time looking up. 🙂

  4. suej says:

    Oh, great, Ailsa! I know I can find something for this!!

  5. Great! I love the Alps one. Here are my photos depicting above/on top of things around the world: http://anewlifewandering.com/2014/04/19/on-top-around-the-world/

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  8. Jaspa says:

    Aeroplanes racing above the Detroit River… now that’s exciting!
    https://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2014/11/28/the-red-bull-air-race/

    • ailsapm says:

      I love all these shots, Mick, the landscapes are gorgeous and I would not like to be driving in that Bangkok traffic – but the one that really intrigued me was the Chiang Mai foot massages – ooh, I could do with one of those right now, sounds like heaven. 🙂

  9. Love the “on top of the world” perspective!

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Amanda, it’s so easy to get stuck at ground level, especially in big cities, so I always try to find some way to get to higher ground for another perspective. xxx

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  11. Sas says:

    Great theme this weeks Ailsa. I’ve flown over the Alps many times, and I never tire of that view http://sasieology.wordpress.com/2014/11/28/travel-theme-above/

    • ailsapm says:

      Every time I see those snowy peaks I get a rush of excitement. The first time I left home to work abroad, I flew over the Alps and every time I see them I am reminded of that very first thrill of travelling. And as for your post, wow – I cannot imagine a better way to celebrate your 30th birthday. LOVE it. 🙂

  12. restlessjo says:

    I have more than a few ‘peering through the clouds’, but let me just have a look and see what I can come up with 🙂 I’d love to be in Seattle for that shot, Ailsa 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Looking forward to what you come up with, Jo. I love the view from the Space Needle, that shot was taken the last time I was in Seattle, the night before I left. Fills me with nostalgia for the Emerald City. xxx

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  14. goannasnake says:

    Here’s my take on this one. Thanks as always for an excuse to look through my travel photos. I love yours, especially the on in Rome. http://jennysotherstuff.wordpress.com/2014/11/29/travel-theme-above/

  15. Really appreciate the photo of Central Park. I had no idea it was so large! It is quite amazing amidst all those skyscrapers.

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  18. Debbie Smyth says:

    I love up and down views. Here is mine for this challenge: http://travelwithintent.com/2014/11/29/view-to-the-buffers/

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  20. Great photos! Thanks for the idea. Your shot from the plane inspired this post: http://wrightouttanowhere.com/2014/11/29/travel-theme-above-manila-and-kathmandu/

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  22. aj vosse says:

    A cut above! 😉

  23. Beautiful photos as always, Ailsa 🙂

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  27. DagEnDauw says:

    Amazing pictures, Ailsa. I didn’ t realise Central Park is that huge.
    Your last picture makes me dream.
    Mine is a little closer to earth than to heaven, with Shakespear’s quote inspiring me.
    No species more true to themselves as … these
    http://lanterfanteren.blogspot.com/2014/11/above.html

    I wish you all a lovely weekend!
    -Dauw-

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  29. Stunning photos. 😀

  30. Leya says:

    Gorgeous them, again! I love your shots, and I’m very impressed by the size of Central Park! I didn’t imagine this. Here’s my entry – I just hade to have that view from the plane too – we’re short of snow this winter …
    http://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2014/11/29/travel-theme-above/

  31. Leya says:

    them? I lost an e there…short of those too maybeee…!

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  36. Tvor says:

    Great choice! One of my favourite vantage points is from up above!
    http://tvortravels.wordpress.com/2014/11/29/travel-theme-above/

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