10 Views People Wake Up to Around the World
People scattered across the globe were asked to share the views from their windows, and the responses might surprise you. Below are 10 of our favorites; visit The View From Here for the full photo series.
Ragaciems, Latvia"I live in a very small village next to the sea. There are only a few people left here. The streets are empty; it's very calm and quiet. My view is very lush. It’s as if the plants want to make up for the lost time in winter and autumn. It's quite windy, and the only sound I can hear is the trees swaying in the wind. I can smell the freshly cut grass from the lot next to me. My neighbor takes good care of it, as he wants to sell it; the land prices have been rising in the last few years. I feel very calm here — that is why I love it so much." — Janis 960 1280
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
"I’m on the 26th floor of a 50-story building — not too high and not too low, just right. I’m low enough that I can still see and hear everything going on in the street, and high enough that there is always a breeze on my balcony and there are no mosquitoes.
From here, I can look over the whole city. My window faces east, and every morning, I feel like I'm looking at the best scenery ever, and it's never going to be any better than this. But then the night comes, and the view just pulls you in with a million colors and its New York-like soul. Sometimes I feel like I have a huge virtual reality screen and the scenery is changing just for me." — Uros960 1280
"When I was a little girl, this view was of trees and grass, but now I see house after house after house, and far away, the buildings merge into each other. Far away on the left, I can see Concordia's Christ, the biggest monument in my country. I can hear cars passing by, the wind, and the little birds making noise on the roof. I smell the city, a mixture of pollution and soil.
At sunset, the colors of the landscape look more beautiful than morning, and the wind picks up. This view makes me feel peaceful, and I am happy to live here. I appreciate the landscape still, even with all the new houses and buildings." — Veronica960 1280
Easter Island, Chile"From my window, I can see Ahu Tahai, the island’s sunset spot, in the distance. This place makes me feel so calm. I can hear the sound of the waves breaking on the rocks and smell the sea breeze. I feel very lucky to be here, in the middle of the ocean. I love the peace and how calm this island makes me feel. However, there’s also a sad feeling: I ask myself, 'Why is time passing so quickly?'" — Juan 960 1280
Salé, Morocco"Heavy traffic ceaselessly flows up and down this street — vehicles and motorcycles of all shapes, sizes and colors. The noise of these vehicles is the first and last thing I hear every day. In the mornings, I see the housewives washing clothes through the windows opposite me, and I hear the sound of dealers opening up their shops and cleaning vigorously. The activity of the dealers and housewives makes me feel optimistic for the new day, even though the vehicle noise makes me wake up early and feel sad.” — Hachim 960 1280
Bucharest, Romania"During spring and summer, the green of the trees breaks up the uniform pattern of the concrete apartment blocks. From 6 to 8 a.m., time slows down. There's little traffic, and the cool morning breeze goes perfectly with a fresh cup of coffee. This view represents my childhood, home and love — my girlfriend lives right across the street.” — Cristian 960 1280
Bangkok"My view makes me feel connected to a bustling, lively city, even though I live in the suburbs. I love that I can see the modern buildings that make up Bangkok, as well as the cranes that are busily erecting the future iconic buildings of the city. At night, the lights twinkle, and it’s beautiful." — Gavin 960 1280
"I love where I live. It is fairly quiet, as I live out in the countryside; however, I can see some cars here and there. I can see the neighbors play with their kids, dogs running around and birds flying, and I sure hear a lot of lawn mowers. I also see the mail arriving and the school bus picking up and dropping off kids.
Afternoons are the best because of the view. The sunsets are amazing, especially on a nice summer night. Winter can be just as amazing, with the view of the snow-covered trees, grass and road, with the beautiful sunset in the back." — Kacper960 1280
Kharkiv, Ukraine"This view reminds me that people never completely conquer nature, as the houses sink in the green of the trees and plants. Out of my window, I can see most of the suburban part of the city. Even though I only live on the fourth floor, I overlook the other houses, as they are only 1 or 2 stories high. On the horizon, there’s the TV tower, which is the tallest construction in the city." — Roman 960 1280
Reus, Spain"Because the buildings neighboring me are lower, from my window, I have one of the best views of the city. If I turn my head to the left, I can see the Mediterranean Sea. It is far away, but from this vantage point, I can see it. If I turn my head to the right, I can see a mountain ridge, which reaches more than 1,000 meters. A great view! What I love most are the sunsets. Every day, I can admire a great sunset, but on windy days (and this is a very windy place), the sunsets are unbelievable." — German 960 1280
Washington Square ParkIn her web series, You Get the Picture, photographer Lizzy Sullivan traverses New York City while demonstrating how to take great travel photos. In Washington Square Park, Lizzy Snaps photographs street performer Wyndham Baird under the Washington Square Arch.
Settings: Lens: 16-35mm, Aperture: f/16, Shutter Speed: 1/125th s, ISO: 100 960 1280
Sushi at Izakaya MewAt NYC’s Izakaya Mew restaurant, Lizzy Snaps demonstrates how to photograph a delicious plated sushi dish.
Settings: Lens: 50mm, Aperture: 1.4, Shutter Speed 1/60th s, ISO: 400 960 1280
You Get the Picture 17 Photos
Henniker Covered Bridge, N.H.In Henniker, NH, you’ll find this covered bridge on Bridge Street (Route 114). The secret to getting this shot? Go to the stone bridge outside the New England College campus, carefully climb down the big boulders and look under the bridge! 960 1280
Old Dana Road, MassachusettsIn central Massachusetts, the peak times for fall foliage are usually around mid-October. Around this time, you’ll find gorgeous fall foliage on the outskirts of the Quabbin Reservoir. I was staying at Hartman's Herb Farm Bed & Breakfast and was traveling down Old Dana Road when I captured the sun lighting up this maple tree. 960 1280
Milan Hill State Park, N.H.Travel up Route 16 past Mount Washington and Pinkham Notch and you'll find yourself in Milan, NH. Look for signs for Milan Hill State Park and while the road to the top is a dirt one, the average car has no problem getting there. Once at the top of the road, climb to the fire tower, catch your breath and then pick up your jaw which will be hanging wide open because of the view. 960 1280
Peabody, MassachusettsDown in my neck of the woods near Salem, Massachusetts, we have a short scenic byway located between Salem and Peabody. The fall foliage usually peaks the second week in October around here. I always love to find fall foliage peaking close to home -- that way I can spend more time taking photos versus driving all day. 960 1280
Jenne Farm, Reading, VermontThe Jenne Farm in Reading is one of my favorite classic fall foliage scenes in Vermont. Make sure you visit the large maple tree on the farm and put in a donation to help the owners keep the farm running. You can purchase Vermont-made maple syrup and other products on their front porch. 960 1280
Danby, VermontThis photograph was taken early to mid-October in the Green Mountains of Vermont. I drove down Route 7 to Danby looking for a particular farm and spotted these white horses grazing, not even noticing all the incredible fall colors running up the sides of the mountains. 960 1280
Green Mountains, VermontMy wife and I visited the foothills of Vermont's Green Mountains. We were on the eastern side in the late afternoon looking for long dirt roads lined with lots of mature maple trees. While we found that, I stumbled upon this small shed sitting in the field with views of the mountains in the distance. 960 1280
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Beach Huts at Sunset"The sun sets over the beach in Cromer, England. The landscape's beauty and vibrant colors of the sky, grass, and huts helped make every night in Cromer a memorable one. Cromer had gorgeous sunsets, private huts, a beach, and a beautiful English village that keep the family busy and happy for our entire stay!" -- Skywall 960 1280
Winner: A Europe RoundaboutA small little lighthouse, shining out over the Edinburgh coast line. A beautiful sunset for a beautiful night. After saving for 2 years, my wife and I are traveling Europe for the summer. It's a crazy adventure for a young couple in love. We are trying to hit 17 countries before we leave Europe. Can we do it?" -- Shem702 960 1280
Seeing Our Roots in Switzerland"These are some sheep that had already posed for me as I was on a morning run in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Back in 2010, I saw a cousin of mine that I have only seen once since 1976. We knew that our family originated in Switzerland, so we decided to plan a trip to the home of our ancestors, Merishausen, in 2013." -- Switzerland 2013 960 1280
Winner: Floating in Paradise"My husband and I went to the beautiful island of Bora Bora on our honeymoon. Each morning, I would jump off of our balcony into the blue lagoon below. One morning my husband saw me floating and snapped my favorite shot of the trip!" -- Tiffaney 960 1280
Yellowstone National Park, WY"Bison crossing the Lamar Valley. @mcclenmike #yellowstonenationalpark #lamarvalley #bison #studentuniverse #theoutbound #findyourpark #findyourselfoutside #foreverwest #wy125 #livetravelchannel" - @jaenriquez 960 1280
Maui, HI"Found Crush in Maui! #ExperienceMore #BestInTravel #BestVacations #Instagood #Travel #TravelInChic #TLPicks #Wanderlust #Adventure #Explore #instatravel #travelgram #travelingtheworld #contiki #LiveTravelChannel #FindingNemo #Crush" - @sarahfunky 960 1280
Zion National Park, UT"There's amazing and then there's AMAZING. Zion was definitely the latter. #myexpedition #utahgram #utahisrad #natgeotravelpic #livetravelchannel #bbctravel #rei1440project #projectexplore" - @jimmy_kvw 960 1280
Copenhagen, Denmark"I’m slightly embarrassed to say that I kinda love inspirational travel quotes 😜 Sometimes a well-written sentence just perfectly captures little moments of clarity and truths we stumble upon about travel, adventure & life. #copenhagen #Denmark #nyhavn #nyhavnkanal #houses #coloursplash #exploringtheglobe #Scandinavia #beautifuldestinations #finditliveit #instagoodmyphoto #exploretocreate #passionpassport #citylimitless #exploremore #summerbabecation #eurotrip #travelawesome #teamtravelers #justgoshoot #lifeofadventure #livetravelchannel #vscocam #boats #canal #postcardperfect" - @charbibabx