National Geographic : 1925 Mar
282 THE ATIO TAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZI E Photograph by Flandrin "THE WALLED CITY OF CARCASSOXKE SLIPS BY, SHARPLY ETCHED LIGHT AND SHADOW" (SEE TEXT, PAGE 281) In 1849-79 the fortifications of the citadel were restored by the famous architect Viollet- Ie-Due, who considered them the most perfect and picturesque examples in Europe of defensive works of the IIth-13th centuries. :Monsieur nudges me to note the sun- stricken fort and tiny harbor of Alicante, with the breakwater thrust out into the sea. As we watch, a seaplane takes off, bearing the mail for Algeria which we have brought from France. The follow- ing" week, if all goes well, I "vill be re- turning from Oran, 200 miles across the blue l\1editerranean, on that same hydro- plane (see page 303). From somewhere among the packages under his feet, my companion produces a shoe-box, which he opens to reveal a Udejeuner fran(ais, vin c01npris 1" Here is good fortune. indeed: and 3,000 feet in the air we drink each other's health with red wine from a leaky fold- ing cup, while the orange groves of :Murcia slip away beneath and the sullen Sierra range unfolds in seemingly end- less panorama ahead. A snow-clad peak appears, dimly vis- ible above its companions upon the hori- zon; two hours. and it has passed beneath us and lies indistinguishable among its neighbors, now far to the rear. Thus does air travel obliterate ancient barriers. Tiny white villages, like clustering flights of egrets, begin to dot the great brown slope rising up from the shore.