V is for View or Vista

Welcome to the A to Z challenge, a blog post everyday of April apart from Sundays, covering every letter of the alphabet. My theme is travel, that thing that we haven’t been able to do over the last 12 months, so it seemed appropriate to reminisce about past travels we’ve taken, looking forward to when we can travel freely again.

Start of the final week and we’ve still got the most tricky letters to come, but today we’re taking a time out and enjoying some of our favourite views from our previous travels.

In London there are certain views that are iconic, and I love this one on the left, taken in Trafalgar Square with one of the famous lions in the foreground and Big Ben in the distance. The middle view is South Molton Street at Christmas time, and every year we would go into London before Christmas just to enjoy the lights, and these were my favourites. The last picture is street art that we stumbled upon by accident in Shoreditch, it’s by the street artist Roa and it’s absolutely brilliant.

These are the Kelpies in Falkirk and at 30 metres high they are unsurprisingly the largest equine sculptures in the world.

Scotland has so many beautiful areas to explore and it feels like around every corner there is a view worth photographing. On the left is Glen Coe which always has people stopping to take photographs, and on this day when we stopped there were quite a few young people taking selfies of themselves with really weird mouth pouts. The picture on the right is a loch on the way to the west coast and the day we went past the weather was perfect to create these beautiful reflections.

Sometimes the view may be a fabulous cake display which you could stare at for ages – or is that just me?

The below view is another one that I had wanted to see in person for many years. This is Lindisfarne, or to give it its other name, Holy Island, which is off the coast of Northumberland in North East England. You can only get onto the island by car at low tide, and it is a significant site in Christian pilgrimages.

This is the view from the plane window when we fly home to Tasmania for a holiday, so no matter what the weather it’s always beautiful.

This photo represents what has happened to us more than once in scenic spots – have a view of fog rather than anything else. The most disappointing occurrence of this was in Tasmania when we were staying at Freycinet Peninsula and planned to walk to Wineglass Bay for a picnic on our anniversary but instead we ended up having a picnic in our room as it was pouring with rain and cloud had descended down to the ground. The next day the sun was shining so as we were leaving we stopped to walk up to the lookout overlooking Wineglass Bay, which I should add is often voted in the top ten beaches in the world. Anyway, after climbing up to the lookout, we discovered a thick cloud had descended and was just lying over the beach. We stayed for a while with the other hopefuls, with it becoming quite amusing, a sliver of what looked like sand would appear through the cloud, and everyone would get really excited, taking lots of pictures of this brief glimpse of the beach.

I think it’s so important to just stop and enjoy the view for a while, really appreciate the beauty and diversity of this world we live in. Don’t just look at it through your phone or camera – soak it in first. This is why I don’t have a picture of the northern lights as I was so in awe of them that I just stood there crying (yes, I do this a lot) at the wonder dancing across the sky, rather than taking my eyes off them to get my phone. Here’s a few very different views from around the world that we’ve enjoyed.

What’s your favourite view? Is it local to you or is it somewhere you’ve visited in the past?

Thanks for stopping by and make sure you visit other bloggers who are crazy enough to be doing the challenge with me – Click Here to visit the master list of participants.

Stay safe and have good day.

Previous A to Z posts:

2018 – V is for Vows

2017 – V is for View

2016 – V is for Value

5 thoughts on “V is for View or Vista

  1. Lovely pictures. My favorite is Glen Coe. Wait a minute though… Wineglass Bay? And all you got was fog? On two different occasions? That doesn’t sound right. I googled it, and it’s (usually) FANTASTIC!!!
    So much so I just put it on my travel bucket list.
    Other than that I have many favorite views. I think all the sh** that keeps happening aside, out planet is pretty darn awesome.

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  2. I love a view, and you shared some gorgeous ones. I laughed at the view of fog… I’ve seen that view at times when traveling. 🙂 I’ve always wanted to see the Northern Lights!!

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  3. I am hoping to see the Kelpies and those other amazing Scottish views in the near future. It looks like such a beautiful country!

    Fog can make seeing these things challenging. That was our experience on our trip to Ireland when we stopped at the Cliffs of Moher. Fog had settled in and other than a few small outlines, you really couldn’t see much.

    Weekends In Maine

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  4. I like holiday travel photos. Everyone’s so good at decorating the streets for the holidays. I haven’t quite thought about fogs but I guess they do happen but fogs are far better than rain, I think. Lovely landscape views.

    Have a lovely day.

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