Wednesday, November 23, 2011

when the lights go down in the city ♥

Evening cityscapes are one of life's daily wonders. When the sun has set, the architectural evidence of infrastructure and commerce serve not only the City in daily economic service but in beauty as well. The illuminating lights juxtaposing against the dark, still backdrop of nightfall bring to life the quieter, introverted aspect unseen during the day.


I still remember going to my Dad's downtown, skyscraper office with him on special summer nights when he needed to complete some work. Now that my life is a 40-hour-nose-to-the-grind week in an office, I can imagine how unspectacular his daily surroundings had become. But to me at that age (circa 9-11), they were something I remember to this day: leaning against the glass and examining my entire City in a way I never had before - ricocheting lights bouncing off the water and onto our stalwart bridges and structures. Though the City was quieter, it had most certainly awoken in a different way.
[The included pictures are of two of the trips I took last year- Waikiki, HI for play and Chicago, IL for work. Despite what seems like an obvious answer, guess which one I'd rather be at? Click for => Answer]
What is one of your favorite views?

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14 comments:

Katie said...

I love driving around at night and finding a good view of the city. I'll like it even better in a week or so when there's Christmas lights added to the mix :)

this free bird said...

I love that Chicago picture of you. I used to love living on an island in WA state--the views were impeccable. I could see the Narrows out of one window and Fox from the rest. It was lovely. Yet now I also enjoy driving past downtown LA at night--seeing it all lit up is pretty spectacular.

Dale said...

Great post, I really liked looking at your different pics in the city. I just found your blog and you have so many cute photos and ones of you and your friends. Your halloween post is so cute.
Folliowing you now,

xoDale
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Lindsey @ The Hill House said...

I haven't even read the post yet...I had to comment and say Great, now I'll have Journey stuck in my head all day simply because of the title! :)

Johanna said...

Hey, you're a Chicago gal! All right! Your blog is super cute! Love it!

Little Ms. Fun said...

Growing up on Long Island, New York City is all that I ever knew. Don't get me wrong, parts of Manhattan are absolutely gorgeous and magical. NYC was my favorite place in the entire world until I discovered Boston. It's a beautiful place. VERY clean. Immaculate actually...The people are PROUD of their city and dedicated to everything that makes it tick. History seeps from the buildings and roads.

Your Chicago is my Boston.

Love this post. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Bonnie said...

My dad had a similar kind of office. He was on the 30th-something floor, and he would always take me to the very top of the building so I could overlook the whole city. It was magical.

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Britt said...

In my eyes nothing beats a view from the top of a mountain... Unless it's a view of Kellan Lutz's abs... it's a toss up really....

inHERshoes said...

the view of san fernando valley in L.A. from the odyssey restaurant, the portland skyline is also pretty, along with san francisco and boston - okay, NYC, too! damn i can't make up my mind!!!

Rick said...

I love this post, especially how you described the different character a city takes on when the lights go down in the twilight hours. But my favorite part is the amazing fashionista in the pics. You look amazing! :)

| C AND C | Sarmin said...

Going from NYC skyline to Phx skyline, major change. I need to see tall buildings, they make me happy.
I am kinda in love with HI photo, buildings right by the ocean, that's kinda cool.

xo SARMIN

Ocean Dreams said...

What gorgeous pictures - would love to visit Chicago. I've never been. I miss NYC. All of the lights there are gorgeous.

Megan said...

chicago is grand. i love it

but my favorite skyline is undoubtedly pittsburgh. nothing like driving from the west through the fort pitt tunnel and coming out on the other side to the beauty of pittsburgh at night. besides vegas, ive never seen so many lights in one city at night. it is just incredible.

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

That first paragraph you wrote is just woah :) Makes me wanna experience just that right this very minute... But it's still daytime here lol I love city skylines by night as well! Such a magical view, I always get this feeling like everything is possible and I am capable of anything... It's empowering, really.