One of the things that continuously left me in awe when I was travelling through Greece and Italy was the constant split of ancient and modern. It is something that still haunts me to this day, when I look at pictures. Here in California, the oldest buildings are from the late 1800’s, if that, most of the time. But in these other places, it was almost like getting a glimpse into another world, to see the ruins of ancient people among city buildings and cars. Like perhaps there was a rip in time, and I was seeing a shimmer of the past before me.
This was one of those many moments, in Athens, Greece. It’s the Arch of Hadrian, or Hadrian’s Gate, located near and below the Acropolis.