When darkness spreads her cloak across the night, the fields fall silent and the stars begin to shine. In the cities, however, something different happens. Billboards blaze and candles flicker, neon buzzes and halogen strides into town like it owns the place.
To celebrate the theme of “night” on this week’s #FriFotos, here are seven of my favourite photos of cities at night – each radiant in their own way and shining a light on the imagination of humanity.
While I don’t hold to the notion that Singapore is sterile, I can understand how the idea started. Just look at these artificial trees built on reclaimed land glowing with light in an orchestrated night show.
In Malta, on the other hand, residents opt for lower level illumination. Once a year they tie candles to door frames, window sills and street steps to make their city sparkle during the Candle Festival, Malta.
Quieter still are the flickers at Petra by Night, as candles glow softly in white paper bags in front of the 1800 year old Nabotean facade.
Despite dripping with neon and scraping the sky elsewhere, Tokyo impresses the most with these traditional lanterns in the alleyways at night in Shinjuku.
Quito, by contrast, falls silent at night. At daybreak, pigeons flutter across this colonial cobbled square. Children play and hawkers hawk and parents carry piñatas under their arms in the shape of Elsa from Frozen or the ears of Mickey Mouse. But after dark, the city sleeps. It needs to, days here in Ecuador often get started even before six.
At ground level in Krakow, raw pink and purple lights pulse into the vodka-warmed streets where shadows lead to staircases that crawl into underground clubs. 54 metres above the ground, however, Krakow at night relives a tradition that’s been going for a thousand years…
Because, ah…Paris. I know your countrymen hate you…but to me, you’ll always be beautiful.
Good night all!
Abigail King is an award-winning writer and author who swapped a successful career as a hospital doctor for a life on the road. With over 60 countries under her belt, she's worked for Lonely Planet, the BBC, National Geographic Traveller and more. She is passionate about sustainable tourism and was invited to speak on the subject at the EU-China High Level summit at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.Here she writes about food, travel and history and she invites you to pull up a chair and relax. Let's travel more and think more. Welcome!
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