Today’s post is a photo that I’ve been meaning to add to the blog for a while and I’ve just rediscovered it buried in my laptop folders. Quite often, whenever we visit somewhere new, it’s not the tourist sites or the famous monuments that stick in our minds months after our return.
No, it’s the little things that we notice suddenly, as if they pop up from nowhere. The little things that make you smile and reach for your camera. The little things that are easily missed. Earlier this year, we loved keeping an eye out for all the Downtown Antalya street sculptures; boring, noisy, soulless dual carriageways were all of a sudden full of interest.
A few weeks ago, while we were wandering around Rhodes Old Town (aimless wandering was impossible due to the astronomical number of tourists in the area) we headed around the outer-walls of the Palace of the Knights. Just to the rear on a relatively quieter walkway, there were rows of street artists sketching portraits of passing families.
I was photographing the battlements, palm trees and stones that made up the huge palace walls when Barry noticed this. An ancient tree grows between two layers of the walls and someone has painted this eye onto it. It watches constantly as tourists stroll around the fortress. Whilst the all-seeing eye looks like a recent addition, I wonder how old this tree is and how many battles for this strategically placed island it has seen waged over the centuries.
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