When I visit hotels, I like climbing up as high as I can to see the view from the top. I like to go onto the roof if possible - yes, I've had a few little expeditions through bits of the hotel I was not supposed to see! When I get onto the roof it is sometimes a whole different world. I was thinking about this and found two rooftop scenes which are very different. Both were taken from excellent hotels. The first, below, was taken on a day of howling winds and brilliant sunshine from the roof of the Hotel San Roque in Garachico, on the beautiful Northern coast of Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. The sea was roaring, deep blue with white foam, and I liked the contrast of the simple shapes of white and tile, against the mostly dark blue background.
The second is from the roof of the Al-Mamlouka hotel in the old part of Damascus, on a pleasant autumn morning. . The hotel is in a fabulous old mansion, beautifully tiled with a central courtyard where you can sit in a mirrored alcove, amidst fruit trees and a fountain. It's all very peaceful, tucked away in the muddle of narrow, busy streets in the Christian Quarter. What I love about this roof scene is that it is like a whole little world of its own. People keep all kinds of things on their roofs in these closely-packed old houses - I specially like the minaret turret - or that's what I think it is.