Sunday, October 7, 2007
Providence lights up
Last night my husband and I had a little date night in Providence. It's only about 10 miles from where we live, but the major highway construction going on - and the resulting traffic - can make a normally 15 minute trip to the city into an hour one (seriously, it took my mom and I an hour to get through Providence just the other day).
But I digress. Because last night the trip into Providence with my husband was actually traffic-free, and we had a wonderful dinner at our favorite Thai restaurant before taking a stroll to one of our capital city's most popular and beautiful works of art - WaterFire.
If you have never seen (or even heard of) WaterFire, this description from its website captures it perfectly:
WaterFire’s one hundred sparkling bonfires, the fragrant scent of aromatic wood smoke, the flickering firelight on the arched bridges, the silhouettes of the firetenders passing by the flames, the torch-lit vessels traveling down the river, and the enchanting music from around the world engage all the senses and emotions of those who stroll the paths of Waterplace Park.
It really is amazing to see. I only had my cell phone camera with me last night, so my photos really don't do its beauty justice.
But to be among the hundreds of thousands of fellow revelers... listening to the music, watching the children marvel at the flying embers, feeling the warmth of the bonfires, smelling the mixture of burning wood, ice cream, fudge and steak tips... it makes me love my capital city even more, and long to take in its culture more often.