Places or Buildings that blew your mind.

Smog On The Medway

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The view from the Blue Mountains (Australia) is pretty spectacular.
I've been working in London for nearly 25 years, when the place goes wrong it's a nightmare but I love it the rest of the time. I get around a lot and there's still new places I'm finding. It's absolutely brilliant for going to gigs too.
The Northumberland Coast blew me away, breathtaking beaches and lovely towns.


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Not sure if it’s been posted, but the ceiling in the greenwich hospital are quite spectacular …


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Cologne Cathedral. It's just preposterous how big that thing is.

Apparently it's never officially opened because from a structural engineering point of view it isn't safe as it oughtn't to be able to support its own weight or something. Then again, my son told me that and he's full of shÏt, so that might not actually be true.


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Angel Falls and the Gran Sabana Venezuela
Parque Tayrona Colombia
Machu Pichu Peru
Pyramids Mexico City


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As buildings go, this is pretty impressive..


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I was blown away with the Sagrada familia in Barcelona and also when I first walked into the Camp Nou.

I had a wander around the Vatican in Rome, I had no real expectations of the place beforehand and I'm no remotely religious but it was very impressive.

Walking around St Andrews near the first and 18th holes is very special, it has a real aura about the place, you can feel the history.


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St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. No problem walking round the outside admiring the views of Rome. Went inside and looked down to the floor and blind panic set in. I've really struggled with heights ever since.


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Jerusalem I spent 3 weeks in the old city there in 97, I was overwhelmed by it, sometimes in a positive way with realiziing how much of the Western world history had been written on those narrow lanes, and on other occasion it felt like I was being crushed by all the religious fervour around me particularly from extreme American Christians who you couldn't avoid who all come there and were waiting for the end of days. When the place got too much I would go to the Golden Mount, it was so peaceful in comparison to the rest of the city. It's a crazy city I loved it.

Sydney Opera House and the Quay I spent nearly year in Sydney and was no stranger to this place but in my last week's I went there with some friends and the place was full of lights and music drifting around the Opera House and the Quay area, it felt quite magical.

On one of my Camino de Santiago's I had taken a detour to Lourdes and then I decided I would take a lesser used route to go over the, Pyrenees rather than going to Somport or Col de Lepoeder which are the main routes, I instead went up the Ossau Valle , the whole walk up it on the French side and down on the Spanish side was stunning, difficult and way out of my comfort zone, I'm not sure I would do it again but I'm glad I did it.
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I've done a few battlefield tours with the armed forces. The D day beaches and the Falklands. They are both pretty sobering and require reflection.

They are both so quiet that it's hard to comprehend what it must of been like. You simply can't picture them as warzones and a place of death and brutality.

It's clearly not a 'favorite' place to go as a 'jolly' . Yet I suggest anyone who's interested in wartime history should visit. That or maybe a former family member served.


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FlapJack, I know exactly where you're coming from when you talk about emerging from the underground station in front of La Sagrada Familia; it just knocks you off your feet, and then when you walk through the door and see it from the inside .................... mind blowing.


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I've only been when we played them, so based on one visit.

1) I got drenched as the roof didn't cover all rows of the seating
2) The concourse got really slippy with all the rain, which made it like an ice ring
3) The stupid, no bags allowed, rule meant my mate missed the game as he didn't fancy leaving his work laptop in the school opposite
4) They ran out of Neck oil or gamma ray (whichever one they sell) before kick off

I text my Spurs ST holding mate about the first two when he asked whether I thought the ground was amazing, I said no and explained why and his response was "yeah but that only happens when it rains" which you would have thought they would have thought about when building a ground in North London !
Agree with 1-2-3 Lizard. The concourse was dangerous and it is also not big enough for the number of fans in that end. My No. 4 would be its a pretty soulless place as well.