A Rainy Night in Stuttgart
The cool fall of rain swept the tourists from the streets as we left our hotel and walked to dinner that evening. There is something utterly romantic about rainfall at night. The sound of moving water. The shine of the pavement reflecting nearby street lights. The cool dampness that draws a couple to huddle together as they walk, sharing an umbrella. The misty glow of the twilight sky.
Walking through centuries old streets in the historic city center, we found our way to our restaurant and shook off the rain as best we could. The aroma of fine German cooking wafted through the restaurant as we were seated amid the noisy diners enjoying fine food and wine. Immersing ourselves in the moment, we studied the plates around us, guessing what it was that looked and smelled so good. Red wine and freshly baked bread began our meal and an hour or so later, we rose from our table, perhaps a bit overly satisfied by the comfort food that is German cooking.
The rain had subsided as we headed back to our hotel. The night air was fresh with the smell of newly fallen rain. I couldn’t help but stop for a moment to absorb the ambiance of the setting—the glow of the evening’s street lights reflecting on the wet pavement alongside the New Castle as we walked by.
Europe is rich in romantic opportunities and photogenic scenes. I love walking the streets and absorbing as much of the ambiance as I can. The rest I attempt to capture with my camera.