29 November 2008

a tuscan glow

Piazza dei Miracoli / Pisa, Italy
Pisa was perhaps most beautiful to me at night. The warm street-level lighting against the earthy Tuscan colors of the architecture brought a soft glow to the city. Evening is when the city truly comes alive. During the day it seems fairly utilitarian but by 19.30 the streets are full with sidewalk cafes and endless trattorias humming with activity - such is Italy - such is Europe. New York City is like this - but sadly many urban centers in the US simply shut down at night as people flee to the suburbs. And just to note; this shot was taken by the leaning tower which is fairly deserted at night as it's somewhat removed from the center. However, the Borgo Stretto area was teeming.

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