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My Love Affair With Heights



I’m vertically challenged. Pint-sized. Little. Whichever you prefer, it’s fine with me. I’m short, period. And a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Not that I’m calling myself a rose, although I do have some thorns in my side...but that’s a story for another day, I’m sure.

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Let me cut to the chase. My point is, I’m shorter than the average ten-year-old but I have a love affair with heights. I’m sure the fact that I married a man who lovingly looms over me from a towering 6 foot 4 inches or 1.92 metres is sheer proof of that. Although that’s not what this lengthy post is about either.

My other love affair has more to do with being in places that are as close to the clouds as I can get. One might speculate that it is a subconscious need to compensate for my own lack of height. Go ahead, I don’t mind. I have, on occasion, wondered the same thing myself. But really, I love nothing more (except my lanky hubby and long-legged - proportionately speaking, of course - dog) than to be in a really high place where I can look out and down and around for miles and miles on end.

While I may never get to visit some of these places, or maybe I will, probably dragging my poor hubby (who ironically, given his own lofty attributes, isn’t a huge fan of heights - go figure) with me, I wanted to write about some of the most amazing looking places up out there. Call it a bucket list of sorts.

In no particular order, here are three top-of-the-city views I wouldn’t mind checking out. There’s the Edge Experience on the Eureka Skydeck 88 in Melbourne, Australia. It’s basically a glass cube which projects 3 metres out from the building - with you in it - suspended almost 300 metres above the ground. Then in Auckland, New Zealand is the Sky Tower, part of integrated resort SKYCITY where you can do a ‘SkyWalk’ around the pergola at 192 metres up. Then over in the United States, Skydeck Chicago brings you The Ledge, a glass balcony that sticks out of the Skydeck that sits on the 103rd floor of the Windy City’s iconic Willis Tower (previously Sears Tower).

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It’s not all about big cities either. In fact, given the choice, I’d probably rather do the ones set in nature, just for what must be amazing scenic views. The first that comes to mind is the Walk of Faith on Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie, China. Here’s a link to an article about it, courtesy of TravelMint.com. The only thing I’m not sure about is the safety bit, given the reputation of this particular country. But the thought of walking on glass walkways around a mountain at 4,690 feet or 1,430 metres above a nature reserve is breathtaking in itself. Or fancy being in a glass box perched on a tiny precipice in the French Alps 1,035 metres high? This high point that’s only appeared on the horizon this past December is the Chamonix Skywalk atop the Aiguille du Midi mountain. Or what about walking up to a cliff’s edge a la The Lion King and hover over a 700-metre dead drop to the picturesque lake below? That’s the reward of trekking to Trolltunga (aptly translates to troll’s tongue) in Norway. Here is a collection of some great photos, thanks to HuffPost.

Ok, so there you go. I’m sure there are some other spectacular places with unique bird’s eye views out there that I haven’t learnt about yet, so I hope anyone who knows of any will share in the comments box below. And do put in your vote of which of the above you think is most worth a visit.


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