Though I usually help, I always feel guilty when I pass by those who beg to live. These four images, though of varied (and often opposing) political persuasions, point to the common theme of “the poor will always be with you.” And these images could be repeated in EVERY country.
The young girl, below, was playing VERY late at night to passersby in Istanbul.
The second photo is of a crippled beggar outside the Jaffa gate in Jerusalem– not far from the “Pool of Bethesda” (that has meaning for students of the Bible.)
The third image is a conservative Muslim woman begging at the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.
The fourth picture is of an older Greek Orthodox woman in Mykonos (the island of tourists and “the rich and famous.”)
Left vacant for hundreds of years, this is one of the most classic Greek theaters and is still in use as a concert arena today. It was built about 2500 years ago and seats 15,000 with near-perfect acoustics. It is located in the south part of the Peloponnese peninsula.
This little stretch of the Aegean Greek coastline of the island of Mykonos is usually dubbed “Little Venice” because of its stores that sit at sea level, often with waves crashing into tourists. Each spring the residents whitewash all of the streets and buildings, then trimmed with bright blues and red accents.
For most views at “Little Venice” — the bay at Mykonos — you don’t need words to describe the setting on the Aegean coast. I took this at a seaside restaurant in early October.
The Czech city of Karlovy Vary is a true resort spa town that is famous for the hot spring water with “curative” powers. There is a special cup from which you are supposed to drink the water daily. The temperature is about 72 degrees CENTIGRADE. Obviously, from the sediment in this bowl, the water contains many minerals, and it appears that sulphur may be in abundance!
Terezin — located close to Prague — was a clearance camp for those destined to death at the hands of the Nazis of WW2. It serves as a bitter reminder of how cruel people can be to each other.