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 Güell, 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. 😉
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 from 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, 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. 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.
Wonderful! I like the red staircase the best–such a striking shot.
Thanks, Naomi. The staircase was too good to miss. 🙂
Thanks for the tour of all these beautiful spots. 🙂 Some of the shots made me a little heady – you must have been able to touch the clouds in some places. 🙂
Thanks, Imelda. Yes, I have been almost up in the clouds quite often. 🙂
Another beautiful series Sylvia. I have trodden most of them except Bali….what a beautiful view that is!
Thanks so much, Madhu. Glad you liked the Bali one. It was such a fascinating place.
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Thank you so much, Joe. 🙂
Amazing step pictures you have there ad. Hope you are well?
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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!
Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Aian. I wish I’d counted all the steps I’ve climbed. I’d love to know. 😀
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!). 🙂
Thanks, Cathy.I imagine that you’ll be off to your favourite store when you gate back home later this year. 🙂 I’m going to post a pic looking up at those Bali temple steps, in my next post. 🙂
Oh boy, looking down and looking up! Great perspectives are coming. 🙂
That’s a lot of steps!
Yes, rather a lot, Milka. 🙂
The ancients certainly liked their stairs and no elevators for the lazy ones 😀
That’s for sure.There were probably very few obese people in thise days. 🙂
At least I will keep fit in Venice 😉
That’s for sure. You’ll have a wonderful time, Tandy. 🙂
With no head for heights, my head was quite dizzy from all the stairs, lo!l
Yes, if you suffer from acrophobia, you wouldn’t do well in some of these places, adee. 🙂
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!
Thanks, Ruth. Glad you enjoyed the climbing with me. 🙂
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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! 😉
Thanks so much, Dianne. A ladder? I’m sure you’ll be very grateful when the stairs are done. 🙂
I think the Gaudi lizard is fun.
Yes, he is really cute. 🙂
Fabulous collection steps and stairs @AD, beautiful!
Thanks so much, DellaAnna. 🙂
I love the lizard and the living wall. You visit such interesting places.
Thanks so much, Tilly. I do my best. 🙂
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?
You first, Marco. 🙂 I thought you’d dropped off the edge of the world. Great to see you again.
That’s why they have bungee cords, AP – to fling you back (and hopefully not into the wall?) Okay, I’ll go first but then you go and because you want to wait you have to dress up like a lizard? Deal?
My lizard outfit is currently at the dry cleaners. Will my Cat Woman suit be ok? 😆
Pity about the dry cleaners…hmmmm, is that the sparkly cat suit? when you’re done with the stairs you can help my cat catch moths? she needs some training…but no bird catching, ok?
I’m scared of moths. 😯 Count me out.
really? *making notes*
That sounds ominous
I promise, no mothy garlands or anything creepy like that…will just them faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar away…but not to worry, like I said, the cat will see to them…she wants to know if you prefer breast or thigh?
I’ll leave that to you. What’s your preference. ;?
Tricky, tricky, tricky…not much meat on either part, now is there…how about powdery wing?
Oh, you were still talking about moths? 😉
bwohaha! You didn’t think I was talking cat, are you? um, look…stairs! quick, let’s see who gets to the top first!
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Get out of town! Absolutely awesome stair photos!
Thanks so much. Glad you liked them. 🙂
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. 🙂
Thanks so much, TG. The Isle del Sol visit was a lovely little interlude on our round the world trip. 🙂
I think it’s wonderful that I get to do my world travel through your eyes (and camera lens). Thanks, ad :-).
(And the Gaudy lizard rocks! )
Thanks, Gemma. I’m happy to be your travel guide. 🙂
I see your beautiful steps and my heart races. I will definitely get my daily workout and them some. Wonderful variety.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks so much, Francine. I’m glad you enjoyed my pics without even getting out of breath. 🙂
So many fabulous steps. You truly have been all over the world. How many countries have you visited?
Thanks, Inga.I’ve never counted the countries we’ve been to, but there are still a lot more I’d like to visit. 🙂
Sylvia, your pictures leave me feeling bipolar – up then down! 🙂 They are lovely. I don’t think you’ve ever used any of them twice!
Hehehe……I’ve really had lots of ups and downs in my life, Marsha. I try not to repeat pics, but that spiral staircase has popped up a couple of times. 🙂
ooooh now I’ll be on the lookout, Sylvia! hahaha You do have some amazing pictures. I have to call my hubby over all the time to take a look.
You always rise to the challenges Sylvia. Another great collection! 🙂
Thanks so much, Adrian. 🙂
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
Yes, the steps at the Great Wall were really exhausting. I didn’t make it as far as hubby, but he always likes to win, so I was happy to let him. 🙂
always let him win those competitions
Absolutely. It’s good for his ego. 🙂
Perfectly lovely way to meet the challenge again.
Thanks, Gunta. 🙂
You have certainly been to some interesting places!
Yes, I have, Debra, and so have you. 🙂
beautiful post my dear friend , Have nice day-
Thank you so much, Stefan. 🙂
What? No Russian round their steppes?
You have certainly had much to stop and stair at! More than a step ahead …
Not yet, Col. “Stop and stair.” I like that. 😀
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!
Ah yes, gelato sounds really good right now. I haven’t had any for quite a while. 🙂
Amazing scenes! So many wonderful steps you have climbed Sylvia!
Thanks, Phil. Have to keep fit. 🙂
Enjoyed your “stepping out” post. Quite an extraordinary collections of stairs. I could stand to shed some pounds walking those.
Thanks, Lynne. Glad you enjoyed the exercise. 🙂
WOW!! Stunning views and stairs!
Thanks so much, Cee. Your challenges are great. 🙂
Your photo collection never ceases to astound us, AD! 🙂
Thanks so much for your comment. 🙂
I love your steps especially Bali. I don’t think Peru is for me though, the steps would get my knees and the altitude my asthma!
Thanks, Gilly. Yes that extreme altitude takes a bit of getting used to, especially when you first arrive. 😦
Yes, I did, starting with those surprisingly steep steps down the Rialto! Lovely Sylvia. 🙂
Thanks so much, Meredith. 🙂
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.
Thanks, Jo. One does one’s best. 🙂
So many places, so many steps 😉
You rose to the occasion very well indeed AD 😉
Thanks so much. 🙂
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Thanks so much, Francine. How very kind of you. 🙂
You rose to the occasion beautifully with these. They are really fun fotos! Really enjoyed them. 🙂
Thanks very much. 🙂
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.
Thanks, Viveka. I’d love to visit Monaco. It always sounds so glamorous. 🙂
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.
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.
Thanks, Susan. Yes, Venice is not for the faint-hearted. 🙂 It’s a good workout.
Oh, now I am tired. Where can I rest please? LOL! Lovely photo’s AD! 🙂
Thanks, Sonel. After all those steps, I suppose you’d have to go rest on one of my benches. 😀
For sure! And they are all so beautiful. Now to figure out where to sit! LOL!
you’ve certainly ‘stepped out’ in your time! 🙂
Yes, I’m amazed my legs aren’t worn out. 🙂
how nice of you to take us around the world! i loved all of the photos, and your tour-guide skills get high marks!
Thanks so much, Lisa. 🙂