Travel theme: Gloss

Waiting for a friend earlier, I found myself absent-mindedly leafing through a pile of glossy magazines strewn along the windowsill of a cosy little coffee shop. The lustre of those smooth, shiny pages gave me the inspiration for this week’s travel theme. First up, the classy, glossy finish of a vintage car and its hood ornament at a rally at the Powerscourt Estate in Wicklow.

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Outdoor art, polished to perfection in Seattle‘s Olympic Sculpture Park.

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Old-fashioned glossy splendour in Grand Central Terminal, the iconic clock under which countless couples have stolen kisses through the years.

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From old-fashioned glamour to modern-day glitz, a dazzling fountain in the lobby of the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

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Are you ready to polish up a few photos and create your own interpretation of this week’s theme? If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Gloss
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
  • Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS.

xxx Ailsa

If you don’t have your experiences in the moment, if you gloss them over with jokes or zoom past them, you end up with curiously dispassionate memories. – David Rakoff

Like ultraviolet rays, memory shows to each man in the book of life a script that invisibly and prophetically glosses the text. – Walter Benjamin

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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77 Responses to Travel theme: Gloss

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  6. A shiny challenge, dear Ailsa. That car just needs to be touched… but that would ruin the gloss, right? 😉
    I hope you are having a warm and dry weekend, if needed inside. Here in Holland it is raining cats, dogs and water.
    Which leads me to my take on gloss, with just a tiny bit of water: https://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2016/01/30/travel-theme-gloss/

  7. aj vosse says:

    Gotta find something glitzy and flash for this one! 😉

  8. leannenz says:

    Another great challenge! I went with a glossy Vietnam. Thanks as always for hosting such an awesome challenge. Look forward to each week.
    https://nihongojapango.wordpress.com/2016/01/30/glossy-vibrant-vietnam/

  9. That fountain is gorgeous!

  10. Ulrike says:

    Nice theme! Thank you. Here is my contribution: http://bambooblog.de/2016/01/30/travel-theme-gloss-glanz-politur/
    Have fun!
    Ulrike

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  14. Nice tricky theme this week! I instantly thought of glossy red lips, but finding something travel related was an interesting challenge 🙂

    https://dormousetidings.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/travel-theme-gloss/

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  21. cubusregio says:

    Hi Ailsa, here is my gloss-entry:
    http://wp.me/p3c0SB-2Mj

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  23. Vicky says:

    Hi Ailsa, joining into your theme for the first time, great fun! Linked the post but just in case here is my entry:
    http://mytravelmiddleeastandbeyond.com/2016/01/31/travel-theme-gloss/

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  35. Love the second one. That reflection of nature in the stiff cold angular man-made art.

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  37. Cee Neuner says:

    Great photos and topic for this week’s challenge.
    Here is my entry for this week!
    http://ceenphotography.com/2016/02/03/travel-theme-gloss/

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  39. dyule2014 says:

    Hello Alysa wonderful post this week trying to catch up this month Sorry for the delay. Beautiful Photos’s Thank you have a great week.

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