Sunday, November 26, 2006

Manhattan #7, Opening Lines #3, Foreign Lands #9, America #8

At one time or another I have approached some splendid places, most of them instinct with mystery or age: Venice on a misty post-war morning, silent and shrouded, like a surrendered knight-at-arms; Everest, the watchtower, on the theatrical frontiers of Nepal and Tibet; or Krak of the Crusaders, high and solitary in the mountains of Moab. All are celebrated in history or romance; but none lingers so tenaciously in my memory as the approach to the City of New York, the noblest of American symbols.

Jan Morris, Coast to Coast: A Journey Across 1950s America (1956)