Observation Bridge

The most recent photo challenge from the Daily Post got me thinking about bridges. Other than a bridge as a metaphor (crossing, linking or even disconnecting in the case of burning bridges), the obvious sort of bridge was one that spanned a body of water. Similarly, physical bridges (those specifically defined as viaducts) span deep ravines, connecting paths, roadways and rail tracks on land. Or, they carry water as in the case of aqueducts. But, there is also the nautical bridge of a ship – a high platform designed for observation.

Observing the site of ancient Pylos at the Palace of Nestor in Messenia, Peloponnese, Greece from the ‘bridge’.

A year or so ago, this spectacular structure was opened to the public. From the fist time I set foot on it, it reminded me of a ship’s bridge. It is a wide walkway around the archaeological site, suspended under a protective canopy, designed specifically for observation and conservation of the site itself.

We’ve been here to the Palace of Nestor a number of times since it re-opened with its new canopy. I remember exploring the site many years ago before and you get a very limited and different view from ground level. Now, it always thrills me to be able to observe the site from a high perspective on the ‘bridge’.

Bridge: The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challange.

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