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Plane views: Paris

Seeing Paris from the air is always a treat. Not only is it easy to recognise some of the city’s most famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre, it’s also a great way to truly appreciate the beauty of Baron Haussmann‘s stunning design of the city’s wide boulevards, epicentres […]

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Plane views: Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Queensland. It’s a beautiful city that straddles the meandering Brisbane River and has a wonderful laid-back, tropical feel. With its mild sub-tropical climate, proximity to the seemingly endless beaches of the Pacific coast and its cosmopolitan population, Brisbane is a magnet for both […]

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My Twitter background: flying past the coast of Estonia.

Plane views: the beauty of a window seat

It was an excerpt from a book by E.M. Forster that inspired me to create the Plane Views series: “Those mountains to the right – let me show you them.’ She pushed back a metal blind. The main chain of the Himalayas was revealed. ‘They were once called the Roof of the World, those mountains.” […]

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Plane views: Mt. Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain between the Himalayas and the Snow Mountains of Papua. This granite massif rises majestically to a height of 4,092m or 13,435ft in the Malaysian state of Sabah, at the northern tip of the island of Borneo. Mt. Kinabalu is a local icon and revered by the indigenous people who […]

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Plane views: Atacama desert

The Atacama desert in northern Chile is the driest desert in the world – it’s so dry, even bacteria find it hard to survive here (the place is virtually sterile). I flew over the desert on a flight from Santiago to Calama, a mining town close to the Atacama desert. The views throughout the 1.5 […]

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Venice and the Grand Canal

Plane views: Venice, Italy

On my flight from Amsterdam to Naples last summer, the plane flew over the Alps into Italy, past the lovely town of Bolzano (Bozen), then along the Adige valley (the home of the gorgeous Valpolicella wines) to Verona and past the stunning historical treasure that is Venice . It was a bit hazy but I managed […]

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Thames estuary at sunset

Plane views: London City Airport

London City Airport (LCY) is my absolute favourite of all the airports serving London. It’s small (getting through it is a breeze) and well-connected to the City (via the efficient Docklands Light Rail). One of the highlights (for me, at least) of flying to LCY is the approach. All flights from the European continent approach […]

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Water villages, Gaya Island

Plane views: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah which occupies the northern corner of the island of Borneo. ‘KK’, as the city is locally known, has arguably one of the most beautiful locations of any city in Malaysia. It faces the gorgeous emerald-coloured South China Sea while its harbour is protected by […]

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Plane views: Mt. Vesuvius, Italy

These pictures were taken on my recent flight from Naples back home to Amsterdam. The plane took off in a westerly direction, then banked sharply to the left and continued in an upward spiral above the Bay of Naples. I was sitting on the right side of the plane (i.e. row ‘F’). The plane climbed […]

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Plane views: Putrajaya, Malaysia

All flights that approach the Kuala Lumpur International Airport from the north fly over Malaysia’s new administrative capital, Putrajaya. To have the best views, I recommend sitting on the left side of the plane (i.e. row ‘A’). Located approximately 45 kilometers south of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya was built at a tune of $8.1 billion to relieve […]

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