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My favourite… Cityscapes

Panoramic view of Hong Kong from the Peak

Although I love a good sunset, beach or landscape shot, some of my favourite photos I’ve taken on my travels are from the more man-made landscapes of the world’s cities. The definition of city is as simple as ‘a large settlement’, covering a huge range of places from modern high-rise metropolises to ancient walled cities. Each has a different feel and form, and there’s always something new to see when you’re exploring with your camera. Here are some of my favourite city photos from around the world, covering Europe, the USA, North Africa, the Middle East and Australasia. Which is your favourite?

The Las Vegas Strip from the top of The Stratosphere

The bright lights of Las Vegas from the Stratosphere casino tower

Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco

The old walled city of Ait Ben Haddou in Morocco

Looking over Auckland

Looking back towards Auckland from across the bay

Paris and the Eiffel Tower from the top of Sacré-Cœur Basilica

The Eiffel Tower standing out above the rest of Paris as seen from Sacre Coeur Basilica

View from the port to Montjuïc cable car, Barcelona

Looking out over Barcelona from the cable car between Montjuïc and the port

The Roman citadel overlooking Amman, Jordan

Old and new in Amman – the Roman citadel with a mass of modern buildings behind

View of New York from the Staten Island ferry

Manhattan getting smaller and smaller from the Staten Island ferry

The red roofed building of Prague

The bright red roofed buildings of Prague

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  1. Incredible photos, not sure which is my favourite! Like the idea, too, have always liked photos of skylines, or rooftops or cities – think it’s something to do with the angles, and how the view is never the same in two places…

    November 4, 2013
    • There’s such a sense of movement in cities – with the flow of people and traffic, and it’s interesting when you revisit and see how buildings have sprung up or been knocked down since the last visit.

      November 4, 2013
  2. Fab photos – finding it hard to choose between Paris and Manhattan 🙂

    November 4, 2013
    • Hoping to get a few new angles on Paris in December too!

      November 4, 2013
  3. worldenvisioned #

    Beautiful pictures! glad the Vegas one is in color. I don’t think B&W would do the city justice! It’s amazing to see how each of these cities change from the different countries! Absolutely breathtaking!

    November 4, 2013
    • Thank you – yes Vegas is definitely a full colour type of place!

      November 4, 2013
  4. Oh wow stunning views indeed! We love amazing city views as well 🙂

    November 4, 2013
    • Thanks – they are such a good place to photograph aren’t they!

      November 4, 2013
  5. pnrsrdr #

    Where is istanbul ? 😦

    November 4, 2013
  6. All these photos are from very special cities. I’ve been in N.Y. and Paris. I’m waiting for the moment to go Prague…maybe sometday!!
    And of course, Barcelona. My city. I live nearly from Barcelona and the Barceloneta beach photos at sunset are my favourites.

    November 4, 2013
    • Barcelona is a great city, what a fantastic place to live!

      November 6, 2013
  7. WOW, is the only appropriate word I can think of, this is fantastic!

    November 4, 2013
  8. Stunning photos! What a great collection. The lights of Las Vegas are unparalleled and the orange roofs of Prague are beautiful, but I think your shot of Paris is my favorite. That is such a unique shot of the city and the Eiffel Tower really stands out.

    November 5, 2013
    • Thanks, the top of Sacre Coeur was one of my favourite spots for looking out over Paris, you don’t realise how high up it is!

      November 6, 2013
  9. I do love a good cityscape but I have to say that the photo of Ait Ben Haddou is my absolute favourite. I have an intense fascination with Morocco.

    November 5, 2013
    • I loved Morocco too – have to go back sometime, that was taken with my very first digital compact camera and would love to photograph it with my DSLR

      November 6, 2013
  10. the skyscrapers so high

    November 5, 2013
    • I always think of big cities of being like a forest full of skyscrapers instead of trees!

      November 6, 2013
  11. Hi Lucy, I love them all and you’ve taken photos of some of my favourite places and of some still to come…but I think I like the Parisian photo of the Eiffel Tower best. Such an interesting angle.

    November 5, 2013
    • Thanks, I’ve tried out a few Paris viewpoints but think that’s my favourite.

      November 6, 2013
  12. Absolutely love all your photos. I came across your blog a while back and you’ve been inspiring me to write/photograph better. Thank you! 🙂


    November 5, 2013
    • Thanks so much – and good luck with your travel challenge, look forward to seeing how you get on!

      November 6, 2013
  13. I am partial to the photo in Morocco. The black and white gives it a timeless effect.

    November 5, 2013
    • Ait Ben Haddou is an amazing place, you really feel like it hasn’t changed for hundreds of years.

      November 6, 2013
  14. Prague and Morocco are my picks.from your fantastic cityscapes Lucy. Adore those red roofs.

    November 5, 2013
    • Thanks Madhu, I loved the red roofs of Prague too, you wouldn’t know they were there when you’re on the streets but they make it look so bright when you get up high.

      November 6, 2013
  15. Thank you for sharing. I feel like I visited all the cities through your amazing photos, and I’ve only been to two on your list 🙂

    November 6, 2013
    • Thanks – and hope you get to see a few more of them sometime!

      November 6, 2013
  16. All the photos are beautiful but absolutely love the Paris photo, truly magnificent photograph!

    November 6, 2013
    • Thanks so much, it’s one of my favourite photos – I’m going back in December and would love to get a snowy version!

      November 6, 2013
  17. What amazing photos Lucy. You have an incredible talent. I actually surprised myself with the fact that despite being more of a classic city kind of guy, your image of Las Vegas really stuck with me as my favourite. Thank you so much for sharing them with us all!

    November 7, 2013
    • Thanks so much. I liked the Las Vegas skyline much more than I though too, the colours and the mountains in the distance really made it for me.

      November 11, 2013
  18. Nice shots I’d have to say my fav is the one of Morocco.

    November 8, 2013
    • Thanks – I so need a return trip to Morocco, that pic is almost 8 years old and still one of my favourites but with a better camera I’m sure I could do the country a bit more justice!

      November 11, 2013
  19. I always say I’m a city and country girl. I love nature and the simplicity of the countryside and at the same time I adore exploring cities. Great photos! Makes me look forward to traveling the world..

    November 9, 2013
    • I know what you mean! I grew up in a pretty rural area and love having the open spaces within easy reach but do love the energy of big cities too.

      November 11, 2013
  20. I should say the cable car over Monjuic, shouldn’t I? 🙂 But my favourites are the Paris shot- love the feel of it in B & W, and Auckland. I know I’d love New Zealand, but hey- be happy with what you’ve got (trying to make this my new motto, but not succeeding very well)
    Is married life wonderful, Luce? 🙂

    November 12, 2013
    • New Zealand is fabulous, but such a long trip to get there! Married life is great so far, though still planning that honeymoon, am determined to get it in before our first anniversary!

      November 25, 2013
  21. I’m so glad I discovered your blog today. It’s wonderful. Thank you!

    November 24, 2013
  22. Damien Wijerathne #

    Beautiful photos….

    December 5, 2013
  23. I really love these pictures! I wish I could travel a lot and take a lot of pictures like these ones!

    December 13, 2013
    • Thank you – hope there will be lots of travels for you in the future!

      December 16, 2013
    • Thank you!

      December 16, 2013

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