Weekly Photo Challenge: URBAN

It wasn’t till I went through my archives that I realized how thoroughly I’ve unurbanized myself. Small towns, villages, rural landscapes — all present and accounted for. But no more cities. (I do love seeing everyone’s photos of New York and London and Paris, but they’re at a distance now.)

I did find this photo, though. Β One of those wonderful Parisian lampposts at Christmas?

Well, no. It’s Pittsfield, MA, a modest-sized city, where last year’s Christmas decorations somehow stayed up for months, well into the summer. Good cheer is good cheer, and precious; and unlike Paris, Pittsfield’s not so decorative that they can afford to pull the plug too soon on something beautiful.

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14 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: URBAN

  1. Gemma says:

    Festive. I love seeing Christmas in August. Or May, or February or…

  2. tms says:

    Mid-sized cities – like the one I live in – can be urban, too. That’s how I understand it, and your picture proves the point … If we take a step back: There are not many things more urban than street lamps, are there? I think they sprung up with the rise of the city. – Plus, I like the decoration (which may or may not be quite urban, too). Enjoyable post, Judith!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Wiesbaden most decidedly is urban. Your population (according to Wikipedia) is about 288,000.
      Pittsfield, MA, is about 44,000. It’s nice to think that it’s urban also, but it’s a little bit of a stretch! However the street lamps definitely are urban, and in many places are very picturesque, adding to the urban scene.
      The decoration definitely was the fun of it!!!!

      • tms says:

        … ah, sorry, I did not realize the size of Pittsfield. After living first in cities like Cologne and St. Louis (and rather regularly visiting Munich and Hamburg), Wiesbaden just feels small – yet urban – to me. So thanks for setting the record straight πŸ™‚

      • Touch2Touch says:

        Tobias, you and I have just busily been proving that Einstein was right, and relativity is a law!
        We like Dijon as much as Paris, Chicago as much as New York — but they are all large urban places. Cologne is where our friends live, and we feel very much “at home” there! Definitely urban, even urbane.
        But after twelve years in “the country,” even very small towns like Pittsfield also feel “urban” to us.

        (Interesting, no place in the Pioneer Valley feels urban to me, even though Northampton’s population is not THAT much smaller than Pittsfield’s.)

  3. Beautiful it is! I love seeing Christmas lights up. They warm the night when it gets dark too early. I am getting anxious to see lights like that. Maybe then we will drop our heat down. This desert summer life is getting a tad old. We will be in the 100’s again this week. Maybe if I put up lights like these I can get myself to believe the winter chill is on its way? πŸ™‚

    • Touch2Touch says:

      It’s an interesting idea, Tara. I too love Christmas lights, and think they should stay up until daylight savings returns in the spring. It’s darkness that gets to me.
      Here the days remain hot, but the nights begin to get chill. I hope the same for you!

  4. pauline says:

    Love the polite understatement abut Pittsfield not being decorative enough but I’m all for two weeks of Christmas decorations and then put them away please.

  5. At some point, don’t they become [insert other holiday here] decorations? “What? Those? No, no, those are my Bastille Day lights!”

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Good one, Jen! I love it, “my Bastille Day lights.”
      Confession: the little illuminated Victorian tree we use at Christmas still stands in the den, I can’t bear to put it away. I think it’s just become my Labor Day lights!
      πŸ˜†

  6. Stef says:

    Christmas in July, eh?

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