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For the works of Pericles… were perfectly made in so short a time and have continued so long a season. For every one of those which were finished at that time seemed to them to be very ancient touching the beauty thereof, and yet for the grace and continuance of the same it looketh at this day as if it were but newly done and finished; there is such a certain kind of flourishing freshness in it, which telleth that the injury of time cannot impair the sight thereof. As if every one of those foresaid works had some living spirit in it to make it seem fresh and young and a soul that lived for ever which kept them in their good continuing state.”
The development of the acropolis of Athens from the time when it was a pre-Hellenic sanctuary onward is so well researched and so widely known that repetition seems superfluous. One glance at the map of the acropolis even in Periclean times proves the volume-consciousness and space-blindness of its builders, which resulted practically in visual isolation of the respective structures. It explains also the complete lack of any axial references.
The tremendous differences in level within the sacred area contributed further to its irregularity, and only in the last Hellenistic centuries were attempts made–mostly unsuccessfully–to overcome them to a certain degree.
The acropolis, the nucleus of early Greek towns, developed generally from a fortified place of refuge. The possibilities of an easy defense were decisive for its establishment. So it became gradually the seat of the dominant power and eventually a sacred area, where temples, monuments, and altars were located, as were in earlier times the palaces of the kings. The acropolis was walled, but never became part of the fortification of the settlement which stretched beneath it. Once the whole town had become walled, the acropolis gradually lost its importance for defense. During the earlier archaic centuries it also served as a gathering place, a function which it lost to the agora with the increasing growth of the town proper.
On the acropolis, temples and statues were located according to topographical conditions of the hill. Often the respect for the tradition of previous sanctuaries or temples, sometimes dating back to prehistoric times, determined the site of later structures. But notwithstanding the representative character of the acropolis and the importance of its sacred area, no kind of space-creating relationship between the individual buildings can be observed. From the beginning to the very end of Greek civilization we find at the acropolis the same lack of an organized overall plan that is evident at the great sanctuaries, such as Eleusis, Olympia, and Delphi.
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Vintage Travel Paris Canvas Print
Digital collage using vintage travel postcard of the Eiffel Tower, a vintage map of Paris, vintage lettering and signature, and vintage product label. Collage art by Lorrie Morrison.
The Orient Express
The Orient Express was the name of a long-distance passenger train service originally operated by the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits. It ran from 1883 to 2009 and is not to be confused with the Venice-Simplon Orient Express train service, which continues to run.
The route and rolling stock of the Orient Express changed many times. Several routes in the past concurrently used the Orient Express name, or slight variants thereof. Although the original Orient Express was simply a normal international railway service, the name has become synonymous with intrigue and luxury travel. The two city names most prominently associated with the Orient Express are Paris and Istanbul, the original endpoints of the timetabled service.
In 1977, the Orient Express stopped serving Istanbul. Its immediate successor, a through overnight service from Paris to Vienna, ran for the very last time from Paris on Friday, June 8, 2007. After this, the route, still called the “Orient Express”, was shortened to start from Strasbourg instead, occasioned by the inauguration of the LGV Est which affords much faster travel times from Paris to Strasbourg. The new curtailed service left Strasbourg at 22.20 daily, shortly after the arrival of a TGV from Paris, and was attached at Karlsruhe to the overnight sleeper service from Amsterdam to Vienna.
On 14 December 2009, the Orient Express ceased to operate and the route disappeared from European railway timetables, reportedly a “victim of high-speed trains and cut-rate airlines”. The Venice-Simplon Orient Express train, a private venture using original carriages from the 1920s and 30s, continues to run from London to Venice and to other destinations in Europe, including the original route from Paris to Istanbul.
See the hotels along the beach; walk along Lincoln Road with its fine shops. Don’t miss seeing the causeways to Miami Beach; Hialeah Park and its flamingos; Musa Isle Indian Village, somewhat touristy, but interesting; James Deering Estate; University of Miami campus; Miami’s Biscayne Boulevard; Venetian Pool, no charge for sightseers; Tropical Park Race Track. There are some regular conducted sightseeing tours of Miami and the vicinity. Boat trips around Miami offer a different perspective of the beautiful homes. Blimp and helicopter trips are also available but expensive. If time permits, drive (or take Greyhound bus) on the Overseas Highway to Key West; the road itself is unique, as is Key West. Another interesting ride is to the west coast of Florida on the Tamiami Trail, an extraordinarily straight road. A one-day trip north to Hollywood Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach is worthwhile.
Tahiti, which is 2,400 mile due South Honolulu, is the archetypal South Sea Island, the granddady of all the legends and object of the dreams of many generations of bored city people. The very name is synonmymous with wavng palms and grass skirts, native drums, Gauguin, coconuts, happy people and tribal dancing. Probably it was like that. These days people in Papeete, Tahiti’s capital, moan about all the changes. The tourist has arrived. Purists long for the ‘old days’ – not for the ‘real’ Tahiti 200 or 250 years ago, but for Tahiti in the 20s, when Papeete was tacky and ramshackle, covered in bougaivillaea and hibiscus, and the old Tiare Hotel was the only center of social activity. Today the rambling shanty of a water-front has disappeared behind the clean, concrete sweep of a two lane highway and there is an efficient, modern port.
It hasn’t all disappeared however; large sections of Papeete, much of the island of Tahiti itself and certainly many of the other islands (Moorea, Bora Bora, and Tahaa), offer the expected retreats, complete peace and quiet and palms. And Tahiti has its odd, exotic mixyure of peoples – the French Government officials, the Chinese shopkeepers, the European and American settlers and the Tahitians themselves.
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The only real town along the green but sunny shoreline of West Maui, Lahaina is one of the prettiest communities in all Hawaii. During the early nineteenth century it served as capital of the entire Kingdom of Hawaii, but it has barely grown since then, and still resembles the peaceful tropical village it used to be. Its main oceanfront street is lined with timber-frame buildings; coconut palms sway to either side of the mighty central banyan tree; surfers swirl into the thin fringe of beach to the south; and the mountains of West Maui dominate the skyline.
The view out to sea from Lahaina, towards the island of Lanai, is superb. If you have the time, consider taking a ferry there for the day; there’s little to see on the island, but the main beach, at Hulopoe Bay, is a delight. Expeditions provides five sailings daily, from Lahaina Harbor.
Los Angeles itself is a prime vacation spot, as any local residents will tell you. If you enjoy the beach, Santa Monica, 15 miles west and Malibu Beach, about 25 miles west, are ideal. Santa Barbara, 92 miles northwest, is a famous resort with a good selection of accommodations. Lake Arrowhead, 100 miles east, is another good spot for a vacation. Palm Springs, about 125 miles southeast, is the famous winter resort in the desert – just the place for a glamorous vacation, but extremely hot during the summer months. To the south of Los Angeles are such small communities as Newport Beach, Balboa, Laguna Beach and La Jolla, near San Diego, one of the most beautiful small towns on the coast. The Salton Sea, 160 miles southeast, 241 feet below sea level, is interesting to see. Forther south is Mexico, always interesting for a visit.
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