Exploring the back streets of Mykonos town.
A Journey of 1000 Miles Begins with One Step
A wanderlist inspired the the famous Lau Tzu proverb. He was referring to commitment and deliberate action. I took it a bit literally with this list for places where steps are part of the experience.
This is one of Detroits many abandoned buildings that can be explored. There's a big movement to reclaim and restore these buildings, including this train station, but the process is slow. This is near the top floor; taking the stairs isn't always an option.
This is a hard to find location, and not obviously mentioned in all the travel books like Sugar Loaf or the beach. However, once you arrived, it's a breath-taking moment! The scale and the color, and the detail of each of the tiles on the stairs are just unbelievable! It's a must see if you visit Rio.
The ancient Maya city of Tonina has its ceremonial core built onto a hillside, creating the appearacnce of one massive pyramid. Tonina reached its zenith during the Classic Period (250-900 AD) and was an adversary of Palenque. The hillside temple complex is a joy to climb and explore. There are chambers, tunnels and stairs to discover; some with spectacular stucco relief panels still clinging to the cut stone walls. The top of the pyramid allows one to look out over the surrounding farmland and verdant highland forests.
Dawn in Varanasi lights up the bathers and worshipers along the storied Ghats. It's a flashlight on the stairs that lead to cleansing and devotion. I joined a boat ride at sunrise to be a member of the audience to Varanasi's morning rituals.
When going to Italy there are so many beautiful and breathtaking things that have such historical relevance and striking beauty. Venezia, Firenze, and Roma all have very powerful histories from the rule of Venetians to the birth of the Renaissance to the rise of Rome. However, one thing often overlooked within Italy's strong history, heritage, and its vast art collections is its natural and intrinsic beauty. The Amalfi Coast offers solitude and beauty unmatched, and personally I feel it is a great spot to reflect after roaming through Italy much like people did twenty centuries ago. After an amazing lunch in the town center of Capri, including fresh seafood pasta and Limoncello made in town, I wandered down to Marina Piccolo to take in more of the wonderful sights and sounds of the blissful Amalfi Coast. Upon arriving to the shore you could since the rich history in the form of the...
In Los Angeles, the cliché is that people drive one block to get a soda. But there are lots of staircases hidden in the hills of L.A. In Silver Lake, I like a two-and-a-half mile loop of stairs known as the Music Box. Parts remind me of walking through a forest. It’s a workout. Access at the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Parkman Ave. As told to Heidi Mitchell. Photo by Amanda Friedman. This appeared in the October 2012 issue. Read about Jason Kim's Silver Lake.
Two years ago I planned a trip to Dublin,Ireland. Just out of no where I came with the idea to go to Dublin. I went with 5 other friends more and o m g what a Hilarious week! The first thing we noticed was that the airport very small was even compared to the one in Aruba! We step out and the first thing we wanted to do was get to get to the hotel. We stayed in Travelogde Inn 20 minutes bus drive from central Dublin. From the airport to the hotel we toked 2 buses. It was easy for us to reach it because everyone there was very helpful and friendly. The first day nobody wanted to get up early so I was pretty pissed because I was all exited to see Dublin. We went out and bought the 3 saver pass which I found very cheap and good. Because it included the hop on hop off tour, every single entry to the museums, theaters and especially the KIlmainham Gaol prison. On our way there I came up...
I snapped photos with every step that I took climbing the Simatai section of the Great Wall. I would preview each photo after I taking it, and none captured the sight before me—a seemingly endless stretch of stone that undulated with the landscape of the mountains that it was snaking over. I kept climbing until the path was blocked and I could go no more. I turned around and took one last photo. It's not the perfect image, but it's the one that captured the memory I wanted to preserve of this amazing experience.
When you think of tropical islands, cocoa often comes to mind. But have you ever tried Koko, as in "Koko Crater"? This former Army outpost on Oahu just east of Honolulu is 1048 steps of vertical torture.
It opened just a few years ago to the public and is very popular with runners, hikers, and those who want to enjoy a 360-degree view of the island. But the only way to the top is to take those 1048 steps. While I made it up in about 20 minutes, some athletic folks do it three or more times in a row every day.
Not even Steve McGarrett and Lori of Hawaii Five-O made it to the top in a recent show!
When you get up there, make sure to hydrate. Perhaps some ice-cold cocoa milk would suit your taste.
There are no roads to the small village of Bulnes, located in the Asturias region of northern Spain. To reach the village, locals and wandering visitors must either ride the funicular (cable railway running through the mountain) or hike about an hour from Poncebos. The hike itself is not too strenuous; the true difficultly lies in not stopping to take a photo after every 20 steps.
Only the a local would have known to take us to Bom Jesus. While staying with a host through Airbnb, two friends and I had the opportunity to spend the day with her and explore Braga. She told us, in her broken but sufficient English, of a church that was out of the city and very beautiful. I was not convinced until seeing the sparkle in her eye to suggest it was a spot not to be missed.
After waiting 20 minutes for a bus to come that then took us up a slow winding road to nearly the top of a hill, we got off and started out trek to Bom Jesus.
Stairs after sets of stairs, we walked just to get to get to the position that this photograph was taken from. If turning 180-degrees at this point, you will see a vast view of Braga that continues on for more and more miles at we made our way up to the church.
It was raining off and on that day keeping every living thing lush. It smelt of moss...
The Lynn Canyon Suspension bridge is one of Lynn Valley's best kept secrets, in northern Vancouver. The 50 meter high bridge stretches accross a beautiful canyon with waterfalls and deep pools below. The best part is, that it is free of charge.
Crossing the bridge is always an exciting experience, it bounces up and down and sways from side to side with every step. The bridge is quite narrow and crossing becomes a little nerve-racking when there are several others trying to cross at the same time. The view from the middle of the bridge is breathtaking!
Tucked away in the quiet neighborhood between Inner and Outer Sunset, the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps (Moraga St. btw 15th & 16th Ave) are among the hidden treasures of San Francisco.
Standing at the bottom of the stairs, you can see the intricate details of the small, beautifully placed handmade tiles forming a wave of amazing sea life and various celestial shapes extending all the way up 163 stairs, and once you hike to the top—especially on a clear day—you're privy to the most spectacular view of the city from Ocean Beach to downtown.
The little city of Banos is situated on the side of volcano Tungurahua and has gorgeous waterfalls like this one, the Pailon del Diablo or Devil's Cauldron. To get up this high the trail first drops about 1000 feet into the valley and then climbs via stairs and ladders until it ends inside the waterfall under a sheltered rock overhang with millions of gallons of water thundering around. It's quite wet and the "trail" turns into a crawl space at certain points but the view is astonishing.
Rio is filled with quirky whimsical characters. And someone who epitomizes Rio’s eccentricity is an artist called Selaron.
Selaron is a Chilean artist who has lived in Rio since 1983. A man with a crazy moustache, a maniacal laugh and a bizarre taste in art, he professes his love for Rio through his paintings and sculpture.
The Selaron stairway is a permanent art installation, a public canvas of 215 steps made with millions of broken ceramic tiles from over 120 countries.
I met Selaron as he worked on his art and even spend some time in his studio and there's a good chance you might too.
If you have a few minutes I would suggest climbing the steps and know that you'd only be following in the footsteps of U2 and Snoop Dogg.
Climbing 9 hours up stairs in the scenic Emei Shan are brings you past wild monkey preserves and many temples. One of the holiest mountains in Buddhism and by the time you reach the top dragging yourself on a bamboo walking stick you will come to believe in anything divine to keep you going. Leave early int he morning or risk getting stuck at night climbing towards the summit. At night between the frequent rain and screeching monkey it can seem more like a scene out of Jurassic Park than a hike but it makes a memorable hike in any case.