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Rooms with a view

by Michael on January 24, 2012

We’ve generally rented apartments with some hotels thrown in. A few of them have had incredible views of either city scenes or country landscapes. The picture above is the view from our flat of the Sky Tower in Auckland. This being New Zealand, naturally they allow people to bungee jump off it. Throughout the day we’d hear the screams of people taking the plunge.

Ryugyong Hotel Pyongyang North Korea

Pyongyang, North Korea: View from our room of the unfinished Ryugyong Hotel. The world’s tallest hotel, construction stopped 20 years ago when benefactors the Soviet Union collapsed.

Shanghai skyline Rocky

Little Rocky admiring the view from the balcony of our flat in Shanghai.

Singapore skyline

The Singapore skyline from our room. The low building with the orange roof is the British colonial-era post office.

Hong Kong skyline at night

The Hong Kong skyline at night. Discerning readers will notice that this is the skyline in the banner for our web site.

New Zealand Twizel view

It’s not all buildings and skylines though, this is the stunning scenery from the back of our cottage in Twizel, New Zealand.

Bali neighborhood near Kuta Beach

We’ve also stayed in local neighborhoods. These kids were our friendly neighbors for two weeks in Bali.

Munduk Moding Plantation Bali

Sometimes it’s a jungle out there, like at this coffee plantation on the north coast of Bali.

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MissElaineous January 25, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Good post!!! Its nice to kind of see what you are seeing : )

Us January 25, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Now if we could only figure out how to have you taste the foods we are tasting. . . such yummy stuff!

Doz & Amanda January 26, 2012 at 5:29 am

Some amazing views there. That hotel in Pyongyang is unbelievable!

We had a similar one to that in Twizel from our campervan window 🙂 Our views have not been so great since we have been in Ho Chi Minh 😉

Us January 26, 2012 at 6:11 am

We know what you mean. In Ho Chi Minh we changed our room to get a better view. Now instead of looking into an alley of motorbikes we look down on an alley of motorbikes! We love the food, though.

Mar January 26, 2012 at 6:55 am

People overuse the words awesome and amazing, but I have to say you have seen some awesome and amazing sights. These are sights we may never see in person. It is also similar to looking at the pictures in the National Geographic!

Us January 26, 2012 at 8:14 am

Thanks for the awesome and amazing comment.

Barbara January 26, 2012 at 10:26 am

These pictures make me dream,too.
Thanks for sharing. 😉

Paula January 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm

These really put my view of the PECO building to shame.

Us January 26, 2012 at 9:29 pm

To be fair, we didn’t post the ones where we’re staring at a brick wall.

Us January 27, 2012 at 4:50 am

But think how much prettier your view is now that they have all those multi-colored lights! If we find something that compares we’ll post a photo.

Richard Needham January 27, 2012 at 10:37 am

I am glad you made it to Vietnam. Good luck with the motorbikes in HCM City, and you probably will/have visited the Presidential Palace built with American funds in the 60’s. Old army telecommunications equipment and maps are just as they were at the fall of Saigon. Hope you can make it to Mekong Delta area, and maybe DaNang (near the old DMZ) or Hanoi. Everything in Vietnam is worth exploring, people are great, and cuisine is fantastic. Wish I had stowed away in your suitcase!

donna January 27, 2012 at 10:58 am

Thanks so much, your photos kind of gave me the “chills”. I’m really enjoying your trip! So much better than a magazine or book photo! And, more interesting than the PSFS building!

Us January 27, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Not too bad with the motorbikes in Ho Chi Minh City since it’s the Tet holiday this week and many people are away.

Us January 27, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Thanks. They are some incredible views.

Richard Needham January 27, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Talking about food, when are you going to remove the charcoal doughnut picture from your homepage? I will be in Shanghai next week and will try to get a nice photo from the Donut King 😉

Pete January 28, 2012 at 12:55 am

Cool Pics…

That hotel in Pyongyang looks like something Darth Vader would build if he hooked up with Steve Wynn in Las Vegas.

I think my favorite of these has got to be the one of the NZ countryside (which quite honestly, if you told me was British Columbia or Oregon or Tyrolia I would be none the wiser…), closely followed by the one of the kids in Bali.

Us January 28, 2012 at 2:31 am

If you think the hotel in Pyongyang looks like something Darth Vader whipped up then google “Renzo Piano shard” It’s a rip-off that is being built in London.

rtc February 10, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Actually work on the tower in Pyongyang resumed quite recently with the addition of all the glass you can see, prior to that it was (as you say) a concerete shell for 20 odd years.

Us February 10, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Thanks for the update. Any time frame for completion? We heard an Egyptian construction company was working on it but the information was sketchy.

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