Niagara Falls on the US side has varying degrees of construction and mess, and the building you pass to go to the falls is a giant cube with most of it unaccessible; Niagara Falls the town is a giant mess.
Always fun to see these landmarks from angles other than the standard "beauty shots". Yes, I understand that they exist in the real world and that means that they have mass around them, it's just that you don't often get to see that part unless you travel there. Thanks OP and poster who posted the other link.
You think of this right? Surrounded by desert, exotic, far away from anything. It's not about it being a 'shitty perspective' as another poster said. But the reality of what these places look like isn't the same as what the photos portray..
Pretty much every description of the magnificence of the pyramids relies on referencing the fact that they dwarf and tower over modern day Cairo. Unless reading that, people think Cairo is at a far remove but nonetheless used as a point of reference, I don't see the problem.
I've seen countless photos of the pyramids from a similar perspective to the one posted by the OP.
Niagara Falls are great on both sides. Would visit the place constantly as a kid. Preferred the Canadian side because they had more fun things besides the nature part ( you're a kid. Falling water is cool for only a little bit when you live close by)
Isn't that also covered up for maintainence? The Spanish steps as well, and the Colosseum as the other guy complained about before. A lot fashion houses sponsored fixing up being done in recent years, but Rome still looked great.
Other than a few that are indeed "ouch" (Taj Mahal and uh... little else), I find that most of the zoomed out pics to look even more awe-inspiring. The pics for Niagara Falls, the Parthenon, Mount Rushmore, Arc de Triomphe, Santorini and Paris all look amazing and jaw-dropping. So, this page has the reverse effect, lol.
I've actually been to the Acropolis, and if anything, the second pic makes it look cooler than it is. The reality is that it's just incredibly crowded and not very fun to traverse. The experience is somewhat similar to this post, I'd guess.
Another example would be Jerusalem. An international wonder, full of history and great architecture and culture, right? Well, sure, but it's also filled with more shitty tourist shops selling the tackiest possible souvenirs (including Jesus's crown of thorns and a mock rock t-shirt imitating the Guns N Roses logo saying "Guns n Moses", among others) than I thought possible. I mean I'm not usually that annoyed by overly touristy crap but Jerusalem was something else. Still enjoyed the city, but damn, guys...
Interesting. I've want to go to Italy for a long time, but I never thought my health would be better there. For my perpetually clogged sinuses, Ecuador was the best country in the world. Wwhether it was the Galapagos, Quito, or the rainforest along the Napo river, I didn't sneeze at all the whole time... so amazing, when I sneeze daily everywhere else because of my allergies.
If you guys want amazing sites that are still preserved from the taint of crappy modern architecture, I suggest you visit Bruges. Absolutely gorgeous city, compact enough to be walked around on foot and see most of it, and they have municipal laws to protect the heritage and prevent shit like a McDonalds next to a nice historical facade. Ghent is also beautiful but doesn't have those laws IIRC so you might see some of it, but Bruges is a true jewel.