May 8, 2013
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This is a portion of a panoramic photo by James Burke from Life Magazine, May 1960. It brought to my mind the experience of arriving in Athens some years ago. I wrote a little “notebook” back then about the trip, and looking it up, I decided to translate here the paragraph describing that notion of seeing the Acropolis for the first time.

People always say Athens is horrible. At least in the summer with the temperatures and the smog. But it’s not just about those things, and t-shirts and plastic acropolises. There is more, and that part is dream-like and Eastern. And Mediterranean, of course, but not in the Latin sort of way. Anyway, our flight was late and we were greeted by A, who started driving like mad and explained that it didn’t matter because Greece doesn’t have time as a concept. First we discussed the weather and things practical, but suddenly in the dark, at the end of a nondescript street was the Akropolis. And it was so hard to describe what we saw, because it looked totally unreal floating there all lit up. But at the same time we simply had to believe it, knowing perfectly well it was so ancient and old.

This is a portion of a panoramic photo by James Burke from Life Magazine, May 1960. It brought to my mind the experience of arriving in Athens some years ago. I wrote a little “notebook” back then about the trip, and looking it up, I decided to translate here the paragraph describing that notion of seeing the Acropolis for the first time.

People always say Athens is horrible. At least in the summer with the temperatures and the smog. But it’s not just about those things, and t-shirts and plastic acropolises. There is more, and that part is dream-like and Eastern. And Mediterranean, of course, but not in the Latin sort of way. Anyway, our flight was late and we were greeted by A, who started driving like mad and explained that it didn’t matter because Greece doesn’t have time as a concept. First we discussed the weather and things practical, but suddenly in the dark, at the end of a nondescript street was the Akropolis. And it was so hard to describe what we saw, because it looked totally unreal floating there all lit up. But at the same time we simply had to believe it, knowing perfectly well it was so ancient and old.

(Source: books.google.com.hk)

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