You may have already seen my post on Washington Monuments, and the photos posted there. Most were taken during the day but happily, we also took a night tour with the Bi-Partisan tour company, when many of these icons are uplighted and make for beautiful photographs. Sadly I can’t say that my photos are beautiful, as I still have to work out the best settings for night photography on my camera, and often the iPhone doesn’t cut it. Also, on this particular night, the temperature was below zero, so in getting in and out of the bus, my hands were literally frozen, but as promised, monuments by moonlight…..
New York and and Washington D.C. are physically very different yet in some ways the same – American society always seems so much larger than life and nothing we saw changes my opinion. New York is a pulsating, edgy, vibrant, and frenetic city. New Yorkers to seem to be in a hurry, charging along the crowded pavements and the streets are clogged with impatient drivers who constantly stand on their horns, blasting fellow drivers and pedestrians alike. Sirens wail day and night and the kaleidscope that is New York life confronts you head on. Yet there is so much to like – for me it was the architecture, the memorials and that iconic New York skyline. What beckons on a return visit are the art galleries and museums we had no time to see…
Washington D.C. is a much more sedate and pristine city with wide streets, redolent of Parisan boulevards, low and elegant buildings (no skyscrapers here), the wonderful Smithsonians and a plethora of memorials celebrating American history, heroes and events – and of course those ubiquitous black government SUV’s. Both cities are exciting and enticing and I surely hope we can return to both again when it is warmer – there are more museums and galleries to see and the Brooklyn bridge to walk.
Meanwhile plans are afoot to return to Europe in May next year – France, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary and Croatia …. why not come along for the ride?