Travel theme: Night

I went to Washington DC to visit a friend and experience July 4th in the nation’s capital. On the night of July 4th, we celebrated at a rather fancy do on a rooftop in Georgetown, with a catered buffet, cocktails galore and a great view of the fireworks. I was informed that no native DC resident would ever consider making their way down to the Mall on Independence Day – the rooftops are where all self-respecting DC inhabitants watch the fireworks.

night fireworks washington dc july 4th grand finale

The grand finale

Festivities over and a good night’s sleep behind me, I took off to explore DC. As darkness fell, it became apparent that DC is a city that has got to be viewed at night time. If you only see it during the day, you’re missing out. Here are a few of the lovely sights I saw under cover of the night.

jefferson memorial at night washington dc

Jefferson Memorial at night

lincoln memorial at night washington dc

I love this one. I had my camera set on long exposure to photograph the Lincoln Memorial, and a mother and daughter crossed into the frame, giving a rather ghostly effect.

capitol at night washington dc

Crossing the road to catch the last bus, I saw a spooky moon above the illuminated Capitol Building. I had to grab a quick shot.

Do you have a place you love viewing at night? I’m looking forward to seeing your take on this week’s travel theme.

xxx Ailsa

About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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214 Responses to Travel theme: Night

  1. Tahira says:

    My “Night” contribution to the challenge, Ailsa.
    http://tahira007.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/travel-theme-night/

    Your shots of DC are amazing! Xx

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  3. Marianne says:

    Love your photos of Washington DC, Ailsa. Very atmospheric.

    I don’t have many shots taken at night because I’ve deleted most of them for being out of focus. This one’s come out quite well though – so here’s my contribution to this week’s theme.
    http://eastofmalaga.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/travel-theme-night/

  4. Marianne says:

    OH sorry about that! I’ve updated it now. The first video has embedded, but the second one has to be clicked. Hope it works this time.

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  6. Great shots! (It looks cooler at night!)

    • ailsapm says:

      If only that were the case, it stayed pretty hot and humid right through the night – thank goodness for air conditioning!

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  8. fiztrainer says:

    Here’s my submission to the Night Theme. Thanks so much for the challenge. 😀

    • fiztrainer says:

      For some reason I am unable to post comments with the link to my blog. Very strange. But, it’s at serendipityplus.

      • ailsapm says:

        Great shots, and I adore that Edgar Allen Poe poem! I don’t know why you were having difficulty posting your link, I’m going to include it here in my response, so that others can find your post. http://serendipityplus.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/travel-theme-night/ xxx Ailsa

        • fiztrainer says:

          Thanks so much. Yeah … it’s really strange. I contacted Support at WordPress. We’ll see if I can get an answer. But, thanks for your encouraging comments. I really appreciate it and the challenges you put out. 😀

          • ailsapm says:

            I just checked and see your comments were marked as spam which is why they didn’t show up – 3rdculturechildren had that issue earlier and they contacted WordPress who changed their settings – so hopefully WP will be able to fix yours too! In the meantime, if your comments don’t show up straight away when you comment on here, don’t worry because I check the spam queue regularly and approve anything that mistakenly gets sent there. xxx Ailsa

          • fiztrainer says:

            Thanks so much for checking on that. I really appreciate that. I’ll contact WP again and let them know. Thanks so much. You’re awesome!! 😀

  9. I’ve always had visions of DC at night crime-ridden with a gun-toting drug dealer on every other corner LOL. Thanks for showing me the true beauty. One day I’ll get there – preferably in cherry blossom season.

    • ailsapm says:

      Maybe they were there and I just didn’t notice 😉 Naw, I actually felt really safe walking around on my own, never once felt creeped out. I was mainly in the Mall area though, very touristy and crammed with security. Yes, the cherry blossoms are supposed to be stunning. And I suspect it would be a LOT cooler at that time of year too, the humidity over July 4th weekend nearly killed me!

  10. LubbyGirl says:

    bummer I missed this one. I love night shots! And these are great shots – the kind I want to get. Reckon I’ll just have to watch a little closer for the next travel theme and get in on that one.

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  14. mwalbridge says:

    These photos/blog post are absolutely wonderful… a piece of heaven. Politics aside, the images of D.C. can bring me to tears. I want to go back sooo bad! Walking through at night is like being on a whole different planet. Peaceful and calm. Definately might live there one day! Thanks for sharing the photos!

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