Alex Roque

Writer By Night

Wandering Wednesday – Ruins In A Busy City

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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.

The Arch of Hadrian


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