Nighttime urban walks are something I undertake occasionally but are something I am more wary of. Wherever there are people, there is the risk of hostility, so I find I am not always able to relax as I can in the rural areas and I tend to be more guarded.
Never the less a town can certainly hold a charm and can be an enjoyable place to spend a little time.
The darkened shop windows along with the muted advertising and images fade into the background. The open streets and squares prove easier to move around when compared to the hustle and bustle of the day. The lack of people also enable a better view of the architecture and layout of the town too. In many ways I feel like the proverbial church mouse, scurrying out for a look around when its quiet.
During the day the barrage of people, advertising and signs for a "must have" seem to overload my senses. As people become more used to the barrage, the louder commercialism seems to want to shout. Strange how it looses its impact in the quiet of night and the wants of folk are reduced as the light of vanity is reduced to a 100 watt bulb hinting at the purpose of a darkened shop in the night.