‘Life is better with a good view’ is my mantra … including a good point of view.‘
‘Where’s the rooftop’ was coined in Lisbon – I was in charge of finding the right rooftop bars for a friends big birthday trip. Sat drinking cocktails in the sunshine I was encouraged to expand my spreadsheets of rooftop bars to this site, so I could share my knowledge and do what I love to do most – help people. I’ve worked for almost 20 years doing that in the non for profit sector as a communications director and before that in TV production at the BBC, having studied theatre and psychology at uni – all are underpinned by a love of storytelling to empower, educate and bring joy.
But I’ll rewind to how travel and rooftop bars became such a specialism. Hi, I’m Fee, I first got on on a plane when I was 5 years old, on my own to Edinburgh. Probably where I got my independance and love of planes from! I was about 6 years old when I would ‘help’ my dad dig in the back garden with the gardening. He incentivised me by saying that if I dug deep enough one day I would make it all the way to Australia. I believed that one day a kangaroo would jump out at me. It would be another 20 years before I got to see one hop around in the wildlife down under but it was worth the wait. That bore my curiosity for travel, to explore the world and be educated by different culture, customs and even animals!
But I had to wait because there was a time I couldn’t travel and I learnt life was too short and too precious. I discovered that rooftop bars offered a similar escapism. That moment to get off a plane and you can feel the excitement of adventures ahead. I found when you walk out onto a rooftop bar that same feeling encapsulates you. I was about 8 when I first experienced that magic and been chasing it ever since!
Being neurodiverse I am all about all or nothing so not one to do things by half, I have now visited over 400 rooftop bars in 40 cities round the world. But the best bit is sharing what I learn – what they are really like, what you should expect with real photos – not a single stock photo used on this site or socials. Every single rooftop bar, pool, restaurant featured on this site I have personally visited.
As my love for travel and rooftop bars are equally balanced I have expanded to include travel guides as if you also love a rooftop bar then we probably have similar travel styles. (Champagne dreams, prosecco budget!) I always say if you can afford to, it feels right then always say yes to adventures, you never know when that choice may be taken away from you or who you meet along the journey or that those discoveries could just lead you back you yourself.
Happy travels and rooftopping!
Fee xxx 👸🏼🇬🇧
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