In the last five years I’ve visited more than thirty different countries and seen a lot of wonderful sights – some natural,some man-made. But Sunday was the first time I’ve walked into a hotel room and been overwhelmed by the view.
I was in Athens, staying at the Hilton, in a room facing the Acropolis – and most of the wall was glass, so the impact of the view as I walked into the room was staggering.
The picture, inevitably, doesn’t do justice to the scene. When I tried to include the sweep of modern Athens the Acropolis got lost in the picture; when I tried to capture the Acropolis I lost the sense of how it grew out of the surrounding cityscape – this is the best I could do.
When you’re there, the feeling is of an immense sea of modern buildings, with the Acropolis as a giant focal point that spreads a layer of solidity and calm over everything about it. It is an extraordinary contrast.