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Robson Square · Vancouver, British Columbia

With disabled people in mind this architect designed the most awesome stairs with full wheelchair access!  It is the perfect set up and most likely the future of staircases.


Many of you may have seen these images elsewhere, but they were recently forwarded to me, and I thought I would share them with you!

For anyone, unless you are very fit, many of these sets of stairs will take your breath away, or, at least make you puff just thinking about climbing and descending any of this lot of steps!  For myself, I might be able to go up, but there is no way I would want to walk down many of these stairs, I like the comfort of a solid handrail if not more between me and the drop below!

Peldaños del Cañón

 Peldaños del Cañón

Where you are: Pailon del Diablo , Ecuador.

Where are they going? Designed to descend to the bottom of one of the most famous waterfalls in South America, lost in the fog in many cases, it is extremely slippery and steep for several tens of meters to a lookout point where you can see a dramatic effect, accompanied by hummingbirds, gulls and other local birds.


Chand Baori

Chand Baori

Where you are: India

Where are they going? The decline of these steps leads to a huge pool, built in the tenth century to overcome the lack of rainfall in the region and store water for long periods. The structure has a total of 3,500 steps, that go down to a depth of 30 meters. It is then filled with water.


Elbe Sandstone Mountains

Stairs Elbe Sandstone Mountains

Where you are: Dresden , Germany

Where are they going? Stairs carved into the stone itself of these mountains. They date from the 13th century and have been eroded by wind and water, but they are still being used daily by tourists. 487 steps, though not enough, were restored and expanded in the eighteenth century to facilitate transit.


The Rock of Guatapé

Where you are: Antioquia , Colombia

Where are they going?  The rock is an authentic stone monolith of 220 meters. The steps are constructed with cement, directly on the rock and making a curious place that facilitated clear age structure.  Some 702 steps are to be followed to reach its peak.



The ladder Haiku

Where you are: Oahu , Hawaii   Material: metal

Where are they going? On the small island of Oahu there is this tremendous journey of 3922 steps, climbing, across and down a hill of 850 meters. They were created to facilitate the installation of a satellite in 1942. In principle wood, were modernized in the ’50s, but since 1987 are closed to the public.



The Inca Trail

Where you are: Peru

Where are they going? An ancient trade route linking the city of Cuzco to Machu Pichu. For the rugged geography of the area, the Inca Trail and forced detours around to evolve between hills and mountains. The result: miles and miles of stairs, in some cases very precarious, as the famous floating staircases.


via Crucis

Ladder Via Crucis

Where you are: Bermeo, Basque Country, Spain Where are they going? This endless row of stairs attached to the rock coast where a small church dating from the tenth century and seems to be of Templar.  To reach the hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe have to climb 231 steps and there are gaps in the steps that are identified as the footsteps of St. John himself, who are given different healing powers. For example, you have to put your feet in them as a solution for corns or left hats, scarves, or to cure a headache.



Spiral staircase in the Taihang Mountains

Where you are: At the boundary between the provinces of Shanxi and Henan, China

Where are they going? This spiral staircase of almost 100 meters have been installed recently in an attempt to attract thousands of tourists each year to the beautiful Taihang Mountains . Before undertaking the ascent asks visitors to sign forms to ensure they do not have heart problems or lungs, and are under age 60. And is that a slip in a narrow metal ladder as you certainly can lead to heaven, as the song of Led Zeppelin.


Wayna Pichu

Wayna Pichu

Where you are: Machu Picchu, Peru

Where are they going? Stairs carved into the rock that crown a climb of about 360 meters from MachuPicchu itself.  In some sections, the ascent is complicated to pass through narrow sections and small steps and eroded. The rise time is calculated from one hour and 90 minutes.  90 minutes climbing stairs!  Only allowed promotion to 400 tourists a day and access closes from 1pm.  Just in case!

If you have climbed any of these staircases, please let us know?






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Gorillas in the Mist

MountainGorillaI am trying not to be too jealous of my cousin who recently travelled to Rwanda, and was fortunate not only to go on a Gorilla safari, but also got fairly close to the group.

He also visited some of the memorials relating to the genocide, which he described as harrowing.  Rwanda and neighbouring Burundi sound a fascinating and memorable place to visit, not sure I shall be getting there any time soon though.

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Street furniture

streetwareViewing some of the other blogs I have seen in recent weeks, made me look a little more carefully at some of the details around the streets in Berlin recently, which was how I came to take some of these photos.

streetlampUnfortunately, the weather was not too good during most of our trip, hence the grey skies!

streetpostboxHowever we did find some brighter images!


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Is the USA closed today?

Statue_of_Liberty_7A few years ago I made my only visit to the USA to date, and spent a few fascinating and tiring days in New York, where we made the most of all the iconic sites, especially the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Empire State Building and Times Square.  However, anyone who is holidaying in New York today, (or anywhere else in America) will not be so lucky as all the Federal buildings and National Parks are closed following the failure to agree a budget last night!  I guess for those currently on holiday, the next few days will need them to find locations to visit that are not effected by the shutdown, or perhaps they should just enjoy some people watching from a neighbourhood diner!


Lake District

lakes2I have been editing our website recently and got to the section on the Lake District; i could not help remembering the great holiday K and I enjoyed there a few years ago.  We were there in July, but true to form, it was cloudy and rainy on several days.  However, the weather enhanced the beauty of this iconic area, with the fells playing ‘hide and seek’ in the mist.  Yet on other days we had brilliant sunshine and I remember on one occasion sitting by Buttermere in complete isolation except for a family of ducks!  It is a part of the county I would love to visit again, and continue to explore, it the meantime I have settled for the raised relief map of the Lake District as a reminder!lakes1

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North Yorks Moors Railway


Goatland NYork Moors RailwayAlongside his love of bird-watching, Mapsareus also enjoys steam trains, and he took this busy photo of trains at Goathland station on the North York Moors Railway recently.  If you have not been to the railway it is well worth a visit.  Goathland station is a bit of a celebrity having featured in both the ITV series ‘Heatbeat’ and the first Harry Potter film!