Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Steps or Stairs

Another Which Ways Fun Foto Challenge from Cee, and this time it’s ‘Steps or Stairs’. My legs have climbed up and down so many steps and stairs on my travels, and here are just a few of them.

Let’s start with Venice. To me it is the city of a thousand and more steps. We were constantly walking up and down the sets of steps. All the bridges had their own steps, and in the shopping streets, we were always going up and down like Yo-yos. It’s a perfect way to keep fit, but not good for mothers with baby carriages, or wheelchair bound people. I did wonder about that.


In Barcelona, the steps up to the main terrace which is the focal point of Park GΓΌell, are divided by the famous Gaudi lizard covered in a kaleidoscope of brightly coloured mosaics. I would think it’s almost impossible to get a photo of this tourist attraction, without lots of people in it.


The number of steps along Great Wall of China, has never been documented, but I read that it’s about 3700 miles long, and there are maybe 2,000 steps per mile. Do the math. πŸ˜‰


Machu Picchu is also a place of many ancient stone steps, estimated at around 3,000 in all.


There’s an awful lot of climbing to do if you want to get to the top.


Isle Del Sol, which we stopped off at on our trip across lake Titicaca, has no roads, and the only way to get up to the restaurant where we were to have lunch, was to climb the Inca steps.


It was a very hot day, but the view from the top, across the terraces and the lake, was definitely worth it.


Another Inca archaeological site we visited between Cusco and Machu Picchu, is Ollantaytambo, which is in Urumbaba, 9,160 feet above sea level. This is a religious temple site, and one gets to the top of the terraced complex, via a series of stairways.


Bali is known as the ‘island of a thousand temples’, and we saw quite a few on our tour. This one had very steep steps to reach it.


I suppose some cultures think that the higher you climb, the closer you are to your particular god. The Mayas also had so many steps to their temples too, as in this one at Lamanai in Belize.


I can’t do a stairs challenge without including my spiral staircase pic fromΒ the Cabiria Restaurant in Rome. We were taken up to the roof deck by elevator, but after dinner, some of us decided that this was a far more exciting way to get back down to ground level. I counted 186 steps.


Last but not least, is this unique staircase in London’s Regent Street, ‘Anthropologie’ store, which has a three storey,Β  200 sq metre living wall, aligned with the staircase. It’s filled with lush green plants, which are irrigated by rain water collected from the roof.Β  I thought this was such a brilliant idea.


I hope you’ve enjoyed my steps and stairs. If you want to see more, just click here.


111 comments on “Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Steps or Stairs

  1. Thanks for the tour of all these beautiful spots. πŸ™‚ Some of the shots made me a little heady – you must have been able to touch the clouds in some places. πŸ™‚

  2. Wonderfully put together! And you are one fit world traveler, I guess all in all you might have climbed about a hundred thousand steps alredy!

  3. Great photos of stairs, Sylvia. I love the one looking down from the temple in Bali; it looks like you used a wide-angle lens. The steps in Rome are really cool, and being a BIG fan of anthropologie in the USA, it doesn’t surprise me at all to see such cool steps in that store! All their stores have phenomenal decor and I can spend hours browsing (and buying way too many things!). πŸ™‚

  4. Although I have never been, I feel as if I experienced it through your wonderful photos! I would have to get in better condition to do what you did, all those steps!

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  6. What a brilliant collection! I’ve got ‘stair envy’ now because the RUC only has a ladder at the moment and I’m really hoping they put the stairs up soon! πŸ˜‰

  7. Now let’s all pretend we’re a bunch of crazy people and run up/down all those lovely stairs while humming the various national anthems?

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  9. The Isle Del Sol pic is so great. Very cool shots for this theme. You constantly remind me that I need more stamps in my passport. πŸ™‚

  10. I see your beautiful steps and my heart races. I will definitely get my daily workout and them some. Wonderful variety.


  11. Sylvia, your pictures leave me feeling bipolar – up then down! πŸ™‚ They are lovely. I don’t think you’ve ever used any of them twice!

  12. Exhausted just looking at all those stairs.

    The section f the great wall we vicited had steps tat were higher than my knee, so it was quite a scramble

  13. And so now I know how you can eat anything you want!!! Absolutely delightful to climb the stairs with you….
    Let’s find a gelato shop now!

  14. So slim and trim you must be, Ad- I never saw so many steps! Fabulous photos along the way so it was definitely worth all your efforts.

  15. Thanks for the world tour again ….. the most stairs I have claimed was in Monte Carlo from the harbor up to the old town … don’t have a clue how many steps it was.
    But it took the breath out me … beautiful gallery again.

      • Monaco was .. like a little fairy tale land … you could walk across it in less than one hours, but it has grown a lot. Had a boyfriend there once .. in the early 70’s.
        Haven’t been back since 1999. Lovely place .. but so expensive.

  16. Great photos. I’ve never been to Venice and it’s definitely a place that’s on my bucket list, although now, I see that I’d best do some fitness training before I go there. Never thought about that.

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