Welcome to the Spectacular Settings Challenge!
Brought to you by WEP (click image for more info) and hosted by Denise Covey and Yolanda Renée
This is a two-part challenge. You may choose to do both parts or just one. For this challenge you will:
1. Share a paragraph from a novel, or an extract from a poem, or a photograph that stopped your heart with a spectacular setting etc.
2. Describe how your chosen ‘setting’ spoke to you. Why did you like it?
3. Then you may choose to:
a) write your own ‘setting’ piece in any genre, or share a ‘setting’ from your WIP, or…
b) write your own poem which highlights ‘setting’, or
c) share a photograph that blows you away every time you look at it and tell us why.
d) share an artwork that shows a ‘setting’ you love and tell us why you love it.
e) write a small playscript which highlights ‘setting’.
I have chosen a poem by Oscar Wilde, accompanied by three of my own photos.
Oscar Wilde was an Irish author, poet and playwright who was fascinated by ancient history and the Greek scholars. While an undergraduate at Oxford in 1877, he travelled to Greece and was deeply moved by the experience. I can relate!
Photos were taken at Santorini, Greece 09/13
The sea actually is “sapphire coloured”, one of the many things that struck me about Greece. Like Oscar Wilde, I am captivated by the history of this ancient civilisation. It had been my dream since early childhood to go there, a dream that was finally realised in September of 2013.
“I stood upon the soil of Greece at last”
One of the most spectacular settings imaginable!
[I have chosen option 3c, using personal photos, except as noted.]
All my life I’ve wanted to visit Greece and indulge my passion for ancient history, archaeology and mythology. When my husband first broached the subject of marking our 40th anniversary with a vacation, it came to mind immediately. Thus, we embarked on the trip of a lifetime!
The surreal planning process began two years earlier. To make things even more complicated, there would be time spent in Italy, (my husband’s birthplace) and Germany, (my birthplace). This was a logistical challenge, involving nine different flights, using Rome as our home base.
About seven months before departure, the reservations were booked.
Now it was starting to register. This was actually going to happen!
We wanted to see as much of Greece as possible in the two weeks allotted and dealt directly with a travel agency in Athens. As you can see from the dots on the map above, there would be many stops along the way.
Did you ever have a life-long obsession?
Were you able to satisfy it?
This is where I was in September of 2013. From the time I could read, I yearned to one day visit Greece, absorb the ancient history, culture and ambience; to be at the heart of Greek mythology. That first day in Athens, I rushed to the hotel’s rooftop terrace. Sharp intake of breath as my eyes focused on the culmination of my dreams.
I stood transfixed, heart pounding. Five decades of wishful thinking had become reality! Dating back to the 5th Century B.C., The Acropolis was proclaimed the preeminent monument on the European Cultural Heritage list in 2007. At the summit is the Parthenon, most famous of all the remaining structures in Classical Greece. The day we climbed our way to the top was a huge milestone. My eyes glistened with happy tears. Can there be a more spectacular setting than this?
Overview of The Acropolis:
What are some of your favourite spectacular settings?
Looking forward to your comments!