The stories of my life on a little island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea ... and my occasional adventures beyond these shores.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Taormina’s Greek Theatre

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I was prepared to write a long, rambling post about this theatre that was built by the Greeks and subsequently re-designed by the Romans. But sometimes, less is more.
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Sometimes, pictures speak louder than a thousand words. How I felt as I sat in the tribunes of this ancient building is hard to describe. Feelings of awe, of reverence almost … but at best, my words would be  mediocre; at worst, superfluous.
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Yes, in places like this, less is definitely more. Because here, the stones themselves would have tales to tell and I am positive that their stories would be so much more interesting than mine; their memories spanning thousands of years.
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So I will take a back seat and hope that, like me, you will lose yourselves in the magnificence of the architecture, the precise lines of the tribunes, the simplicity of the design …
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But all of these, majestic and magnificent in their own right, cannot compare to the backdrop that was not created by mere mortal hands. In the hazy sunshine of a late spring afternoon, Etna placidly surveyed the surrounding island, haloed by a plume of smoke, as it has done for thousands of years, albeit not always as serenely.
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The mountain’s beauty is strangely mesmerizing, it’s power savage. I could have sat there and stared at it till the sun went down and rose again in the glory of a new dawn.
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Less is more … the pulse of life is definitely strong in this land; older than time itself – it is the primeval pulse of creation.
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Via Teatro Greco 40
Taormina
Photographed May 2012

10 comments:

  1. These pictures are breathtaking! Thank you so much for sharing them with us!

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  2. I think I may send this link to my dad so he can see for himself just how magnificent the images you post here are, Loree.

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  3. this is one humongous amphitheater. just goes to show you the ancient greeks really knew how to live - just sitting in a seat in that place, one would not need to watch a theatrical production, just the sea, the mountains and the sky!

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  4. Less is the way to go! This is one mind blowing place, thanks so much for sharing it.

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  5. Lovely pictures Loree, thanks for sharing!
    Sue.

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  6. Loree - what an absolutely beautiful spot - your approach to few words added to the breathtaking landscape. I am with you - I could sit there all day and wait til the dawn came again. I always love your posts because they transport me to places I would never see if it were not for your lovely photos. Thank you as always for sharing your world. I am blessed to see it through your eyes.

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  7. It is magnificent indeed, and notice the background in your fantastic photos first hand..So gorgeous, and I took in every scene in each picture. So for now, "less is more" is how I feel too.

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  8. My daughter saw a theatre much like this, on a visit to Spain a few years ago. It was one of her favorite places. They are magnificent structures, aren't they? And I like the way you compared the theatre in all its glory, with the even greater glory of the creation that surrounds it.

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  9. very nice historıcal places thank you saharing,with my best wishes.

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  10. Just checking you know you have won my book! I need your address. :D

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