Sprawling City Views – Urban Landscapes Yearning to be Explored [Photo Blog]

Rolling hills and mountains have long inspired naturalists, but for the urbanites among us sprawling city views can be just as lovely. Our travel plans to Europe feature cities with unique urban landscapes; some of our favorites are photographed here. We’ve paired them with inspiring quotes so you can meditate upon these marvelous urban landscapes yearning to be explored.

Montmartre, Paris: Sprawling City Views - Urban Landscapes Yearning to be Explored

Paris – Montmartre

The universe is wider than our views of it. -Henry David Thoreau

Rome, Janiculum: Rome, Janiculum: Sprawling City Views - Urban Landscapes Yearning to be Explored

Rome – Janiculum

To be a surrealist means barring from your mind all remembrance of what you have seen, and being always on the lookout for what has never been. -Rene Magritte

Barcelona, Park Güell: Sprawling City Views - Urban Landscapes Yearning to be Explored

Barcelona – Park Güell

The one thing that all great cities have in common is that they are all different. -Cate Blanchett

Vatican City, St. Peter's Square: Sprawling City Views - Urban Landscapes Yearning to be Explored

Vatican City – St. Peter’s Square

We all become great explorers during our first few days in a new city, or a new love affair. -Mignon McLaughlin

Barcelona, Sagrada Familia: Sprawing City Views - Urban Landscapes Yearning to be Explored

Barcelona – Sagrada Familia

All cities are mad: but the madness is gallant. All cities are beautiful: but the beauty is grim. -Christopher Morley

Siena, Italy: Sprawling City Views - Urban Landscapes Yearning to be Explored

Siena, Italy

Vibrancy is so universally desirable, so totemic in its powers, that even though we aren’t sure what the word means, we know the quality it designates must be cultivated. The vibrant, we believe, is what makes certain cities flourish. -Thomas Frank

Florence, Il Duomo: Sprawing City Views - Urban Landscapes Yearning to be Explored

Florence – Il Duomo

I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all. -Michelangelo

Santander, Spain: Sprawling City Views - Urban Landscapes Yearning to be Explored

Santander, Spain

And one by one the nights between our separated cities are joined to the night that unites us. -Pablo Neruda

Barcelona, The Gardens of Montjuïc: Sprawling City Views - Urban Landscapes Yearning to be Explored

Barcelona – The Gardens of Montjuïc

There are certain romances that belong in certain cities, in a certain atmosphere, in a certain time. -Sammy Davis, Jr.

Barcelona, Park Güell: Sprawling City Views - Urban Landscapes Yearning to be Explored

Barcelona – Park Güell

An architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him to our hills, and let him study there what nature understands by a buttress, and what by a dome. -John Ruskin

Rome: Sprawling City Views - Urban Landscapes Yearning to be Explored

Rome

I have an affection for a great city. I feel safe in the neighborhood of man, and enjoy the sweet security of the streets. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Granada: Sprawling City Views - Urban Landscapes Yearning to be Explored

Granada

A city is a place where there is no need to wait for next week to get the answer to a question, to taste the food of any country, to find new voices to listen to and familiar ones to listen to again. -Margaret Mead

Lisbon: Sprawling City Views - Urban Landscapes Yearning to be Explored

Lisbon

I am very happy since when I am in different cities I can experience and learn different cultures! -Yani Tseng

Paris, Eiffel Tower: Sprawling City Views - Urban Landscapes Yearning to be Explored

Paris – Eiffel Tower

Traveling, you realize that differences are lost: each city takes to resembling all cities, places exchange their form, order, distances, a shapeless dust cloud invades the continents. -Italo Calvino

What city do you dream to explore? Does your heart yearn to go back and continue exploring a city you’ve already been to? We hope you follow your dreams and your heart by going to a new or familiar city, with the help of Utrip.

 

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