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Who was Cassandra?

  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.


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August 16, 2013


Both in this and your previous post, the photography is excellent. I'm not certain whether it is the camera, the scenes, the photographer, or some combination of nay two from three, or all three. I recall seeing some watercolour paintings of New York by Geoff Kersey, an English watercolourist, and he captures that same clarity with that little something extra. Very difficult to describe.

Yes. Some "only in NYC" moments there.

I visited NY half a dozen times up from Philly but only once had the good luck to have a native "interpret" the city for me. We started at Al Schacht's (no doubt dead and gone these days) and that was a good idea. Never got to the Village and I regret that bitterly.

But I did enjoy one magic NY moment. I was up there for a computer show and emerged from dinner to find it was snowing quite heavily. Unworried about transport back to Philadelphia, given our NY hotel rooms were reserved, my colleague and I felt disposed to wander. And so we did, down the middle of Sixth Avenue, leaving tracks.

Later, back in the UK, I "interpreted" London for visiting Americans. Always conscious, however, that I'd more or less missed out on The Big Apple. Next best thing: the intimacies of your guided tour. Thanks in particular for peplum; had to look it up but didn't mind a bit.

Thanks for saving me an airfare! Those photos bring the place alive - particularly the guy on the bench on the phone.

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