One of my favorite things to do while traveling is to get a bird's eye view of my surroundings. I've climbed monuments, cathedrals, and endless flights of escalators in Paris' now-shuttered Samaritaine shopping center, all in the name of gaining a new perspective. There's just something about taking in a city from above that always gives me a thrill. I got that thrill today at the Top of the Rock observation deck, which is located on Rockefeller Center's soaring GE Building.
Top of the Rock is sort of like the Arc de Triomphe in that both are overshadowed by other nearby climbable landmarks. But what good is it to climb the Eiffel Tower only to take panoramic pictures of Paris that don't include it's most famous structure? The same could be said for climbing the Empire State Building. It's iconic, but wouldn't you rather have it behind you in a photo than under your feet? I would. Here are a few shots from today's climb...including a fleur de lis!