Head for central London and then take a bus, any double decker, head for the top deck and sit at the front. You'll see the intricacies of London architecture and street life that you wouldn't see at any other angle. I've heard that these buses are being phased out which is a huge shame. So do it now while you have the chance.
Restaurant situated down a side street between Barkers and Gap. It looks like an office block from the side but if you look carefully, you will see the entrance for the restaurant. Provides lovely views over the gardens and the south side of west london, but the restaurant is expensive in the evenings. however, the lunchtime weekday special is an absolute bargain for the location.
Kensington High St station, exit, turn right onto High St and right again at Gap. Entrance is on the right just before the square
On a clear day you can see the whole city, including a panorama from Ibrox stadium to Celtic Park. The spires of the west end and glittering city centre lie in between the stadia with the highlands providing a spectacular backdrop ( you can see at least 5 munroes from the Arrochar hills to Ben Vorlich at Loch Earn). Glasgow is a much more attractive city than it is often given credit.
Take a train from central station to Queens park, exit the station to victoria rd, turn right and you will see the gates of the park at the end of the road. Walk through them, straight ahead through an avenue of trees to the highest point in the park.
Frank Gehry and Vlado Milunic's 1996 concrete and glass confection, nicknamed "Fred and Ginger" because it resmbles a pair of male and female dancers, is a refreshingly modern touch amid all the baroque beauties. There's a restaurant at the top with views, La Perle de Prague - but it's pricey.
This hill, which your Angkor Wat guide will know, and be able to take you to, is the perfect way to round off a trip to this amazing temple comlex, by watching the sun set over the whole Angkor Site. The climb is hard going, but well worth it, although you can ride an elephant to the top for about $15. There are loads of people there, but this adds to the atmosphere, rather than ruining it. There is usually someone selling cold beers as well, and it would be rude not to!
Your guide will take you.
Forget Cannes. Get on a train and head beyond Monte Carlo to Menton. It's where the old people go to live! Very sensible. Decent beach, pleasant atmosphere. Fabulous old town, which can be explored in an hour or so. Well worth a day trip.
If you get fed up, come back to Monte Carlo, forget all the usual rubbish about the Casino and Royal Palace and visit the Botanical Gardens. A brilliant collection of cacti and other succulents (far better than it sounds!). It costs an entrance fee but it is well worth it. Also, a superb cave system which you can go down. Very strange; the temperature underground is warm, not cold.
The view from the Gardens over Monaco and out to the Mediterranean is excellent.
This is the big Dome on the cathedral. You can go up to the top and look out from the viewing platform, over Florence. Simply the best sight in the city. It takes a fair amount of queuing - check times and make sure you don't leave it too late - and the climb to the top can take up to 20 minutes, but it is brilliant. Not only do you get a 360 degree view of the city but you see the inside of the Dome in close up, on the way up and way down. The one unmissable sight in Florence, in my opinion.
Ufficio del Duomo
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I hate to give away this secret, but here goes: on old town square, somewhat across from the astrological clock, there is a hotel called U Prince. Go in the back and take the elevator to the top, and from there take the stairs up. You'll be rewarded with a restaurant/cafe on the roof, sporting probably the best view of Prague.
Staromestske Namesti 29, Praha 1
Go up the TV tower and you'll get a fantastic view of the city. Enjoy the Soviet-era fun of the space race style building and wonder about the strange giant babies crawling up the side of the tower.
In Zizkov, a residential area to the east of the city. Take the tram straight from Wencelas Square.
One of the best views in Rome is from the Pincio, above Santa Maria del Popolo, which has two magnificent Caravaggios, including the Crucifixion of St Peter and Conversion of St Paul.
South west of the Villa Borghese, above Piazza del Popolo.
The obligatory boat trip up to the falls. Yes, you will get wet (hideous yellow plastic coverall is supplied) and is not recommended for those suffering motion sickness.
You do get a close up of this impressive natural feature however.
Don't approach the Falls via the freeway as it is boring and souless. Go via the beautiful small town of Niagara-on-the-lake and then drive along the Niagara River via the Niagara Parkway to get a great view of the falls.
We lived in Prague for years from1996-2000.
I never got bored of this beautiful city - lots of places were favourites of mine, but Vysehrad was a wonderful walking area.
Our son was born in Podoli hospital just next door to it, facing the Vltava.
My advice would be enjoy Prague but theft is a big problem around the main tourist areas. Hold onto your bag tightly.
Follow Vltava toward Praha 4 and as you get to the tunnel through the mountain, look upward.
Just on the Old Town Square and opposite the Astronomical Clock is a roof garden where there are wonderful views of the centre of the City. The food might not be great but for an hour or so mid-afternoon when your feet are feeling tired it is a great place to be.
Beach road starts at Port Melbourne (with its pubs, bars and bistros) and hugs the edge of Port Phillip bay
all the way south to Frankston some 45 km away. Along the way you have the beaches of Albert Park (home of the Australian F1 Grand Prix) and Middle PArk with joggers and walkers on the Esplanade, St Kilda with Luna Park and the 'Espy' pub through Elwood and onto Brighton with its bathing huts, public saltwater baths and "Royal'Yacht Club.
Onto Hampton with its strip shopping centre of antiques, clothing stores and eateries and Sandringham. Ricketts Point with its marine park and the only 19th-century iron clad battleship breakwater in the world, this twisting two lane road continues on thru the straighter stretches of Beaumaris and Parkdale (with their lifesavig clubs) to Mordialloc... and on further Chelsea, Carrum, Seaford, Edithvale and places for a decent feed of fish'n'chips and a sit on the sand.
... and finally Frankston. This road is home to hundreds of pushbike riders especially on fine weekends, to motorcyclists enjoying the curves slowly and to car drivers cruising.
Only a few traffic lights along the whole stretch can break the journey... and the view is fantastic, and free!
Starts at Port Melbourne, 1½km SW of Melbourne CBD where Bay Street meets the beach.
Sintra is awesome - even more for the views than for the fantastic architecture. Get the train from Sete Rios (Rossio was closed at the time of writing) to Sintra. Exit the station and catch a bus or turn left for a taxi to Palácio da Pena. Try going around the battlement running outside this palace. Then taxi it back to Sintra for Palácio Nacional.
For quintessential Sydney I would recommend Icebergs it really is a must go to place. It has stunning views overlooking Bondi beach and a really good vibe - great if you fancy a night of cocktails and champagne - this is where all the beautiful people go. Try to get there early before sunset so you can take in the amazing views. The restaurant is very good here and great for either a lunch or supper but equally you can just enjoy a cocktail here. The food is fab although it is the view that is king.
Bondi Icebergs Club
1 Notts Avenue
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