Ideal vs Reality: 12 of the world's greatest sights


Cape Town - Have you ever travelled half-way around the globe to see a specific world monument or site, and found yourself a little underwhelmed by the place, especially when you place your dream destination in full context with its actual surroundings. 

Sometimes the context could be just as amazing as the site itself, like the way in which Central Park in New York sits amid one of the biggest cities in the world! Yet, other times the context kind of spoils it, like when you realise that the ancient pyramids of Giza are about a stone's throw away from a massive modern city. 

Sometimes it's the amount of people who flock to these places that spoils the ancient sites. Whatever it may be, it's best to anticipate a destination with ALL it's surroundings before you set out to realise that idyllic dream in your head.

Here are the world's most iconic, and most visited sites, shown in all their photographic splendor, and also in proper context to the destination its in. 

1. Arc de Triomphe, Paris

The Ideal: 


The Reality: 


2. Central Park, New York

The Ideal: 


The Reality: 

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3. Mona Lisa, Louvre Museum, Paris

The Ideal: 

#monalisalouvre

A photo posted by Louise Putterill (@laputterill) on


The Reality: 


4. Forbidden City, Beijing

The Ideal: 

Tbt: #Throwback #ForbiddenCity #Beijing #Temples

A photo posted by MichaelLu (@mickeeeeel) on


The Reality: 




5. Acropolis, Athens

The Ideal: 

#Athens #Greece #Acropolis #amazing #Parthenon #follow4likes #blacknwhitephotography #instanight #instalifo

A photo posted by Black N White Pictures (@blacknwhite.gr) on


The Reality: 




6. Niagara Falls, Canada & USA Border

The Ideal: 

The Falls. #NiagraFalls #exploredaily #vscocam #galaxyS5only

A photo posted by Micah (@worldchanger12) on


The Reality: 




7. Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

The Ideal: 

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A photo posted by Mariko (@asariko22) on


The Reality: 



8. Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

The Ideal: 


The Reality: 



9. Taj Mahal, Agra, India

The Ideal: 

#Tajmahal

A photo posted by Afiq Jusnaidi (@afiqjusnaidi) on


The Reality: 

Cosa de niños , Agra , india

A photo posted by Ivan (@neuronasesina) on




10. Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England

The Ideal: 

#Stonehenge #WorldHeritageSite #England #Travel #love

A photo posted by Grace ?? (@gracious_) on


The Reality: 



11. Pyramids, Cairo

The Ideal: 

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A photo posted by Hazuki Uno ?? (@hazukianything) on


The Reality: 



12. Great Wall of China 

The Ideal: 

#GreatWallOfChina #HighDefnition #repost

A photo posted by Jeromin Rebatet (@jeromin) on


The Reality: 





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