Many years ago I was fortunate enough to cross the River Tyne near its mouth in a RIB (rigid inflatable boat). I knew the landscape on both sides intimately from living and working around the area, yet this experience literally gave me a new perspective. Skimming low over the water, the river seemed wider and structures along the verge so much taller. It was one of the reasons that I was keen to experience the Grand Canal from a seat in a gondola, even if only a short traghetto trip.
The effect was similar; the sky above and seawater below widened in my perception, giving an airier feel. At to taller structures; even the cigar habit didn’t stunt his growth!