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October 9, 2008


Filed under: Non-technical — Jonathan Lewis @ 5:20 pm BST Oct 9,2008

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.


  1. I’ve been to Athens many times and it truly is an awe-inspiring sight to see.

    Comment by Philip Papadopoulos — October 9, 2008 @ 7:49 pm BST Oct 9,2008 | Reply

  2. Ever been in Italy?

    Comment by lascoltodelvenerdi — October 9, 2008 @ 8:18 pm BST Oct 9,2008 | Reply

  3. lascoltodelvenerdi,

    Italy – five or six times I think; mostly in or near Rome, but on one visit I was in Verona and got to see Carmen being performed in the Verona Arena.

    Comment by Jonathan Lewis — October 10, 2008 @ 3:31 pm BST Oct 10,2008 | Reply

  4. Verona!

    I live in Venice, a bit far from Verona.

    The Arena, an ancient Roman amphitheater is now used for many concerts both pop and classical music or opera.

    It’s a nice place to visit.

    Maybe if you come to Venice I can offer you a beer. ^_^


    Comment by lascoltodelvenerdi — October 13, 2008 @ 9:10 am BST Oct 13,2008 | Reply

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