A Love Letter to the Window Seat

Travel Blog  •  Michael Yessis  •  03.26.10 | 10:01 AM ET

Some evocative writing by Mark Vanhoenacker:

But for me, it’s all about the views, especially those entrancing last few minutes before touchdown.

It’s how the details of the world are summoned again, how gracefully scale and shadings resolve into trees and fields and subdivisions. It’s the steady, lyrical motion of a silvery wing over a new place—an entirely unique geography and history that appear simply and perfectly beneath you.

He nails the description of flying into Los Angeles at night: “The city looks like an ad for a computer chip, a kinetic vision of light and energy spilling over the continent’s edge.”

5 Comments for A Love Letter to the Window Seat

William 03.27.10 | 9:47 AM ET

Used to love the “Window Seat”, that is, until us Americans all started getting a little chunkier.  Wonder how long the current seat width will hold us.  Until then, I’m taking the aisle so that I can “lean left” when I need to.  Maybe I’ll win the lottery and be able to move the front of the cabin :)

Dubai Hotels 03.27.10 | 10:23 AM ET

Got love to the window seat still nd enojy each momnute of aday flight on a good summer day

aaronsinger 03.27.10 | 1:01 PM ET

I’ve always been a window seater. Flew from Chicago to NY last thursday and pretty surprised to still see chunks of ice floating on Lake Erie, not far from Cleveland.

Austin Beeman 04.03.10 | 10:36 PM ET

The haunting blue lights on the runway of an after-dark takeoff.  One of the most wonderful moments inthe world.

Global Granny 04.30.10 | 1:47 PM ET

Though I failed to snap a photo of it, my most memorable window seat view was on a red-eye flight out of Seattle one night.  As the plane headed south (to Belize as I was guiding small group trips there in the 80’s and 90’s), we rose above the (persistent amid a Seattle winter) low-lying clouds and…

Suddenly there was Mt. Rainier, majestically bathed in the light of a full moon!

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