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A to Z Challenge: G is for Gold

By Wednesday, April 08, 2015

This post originally appeared as part of the A to Z Challenge, and was called 'G is for Gold"

It doesn't seem to matter where I go, gold decorates main squares, cathedrals, town halls...relics of past monarchies and regimes, all vying to establish their success, prosperity, opulence, and wealth. Which is why I chose Gold for the letter G - something that spans the countries and cities I've visited.

But I've expanded it beyond just golden statues and spires: golden mosaics, golden sunsets, golden sands, golden tans. Pies with perfect golden crusts, golden streetlights sparkling off of wet cobbles, golden leaves in autumn.


Everywhere we went, there were golden statues

Cologne Cathedral

 Legend has it the bones of the Three Kings/Wisemen are kept inside the Dreik├Ânigsschrein in Cologne Cathedral


A little to the north of Pondicherry is an experimental town called Auroville, which I am super skeptical of, but that's a post for another day. In the middle of the town is the Matrimandir:



The Colosseum at lit up at night after a rain shower shone in blue and gold.


Clockwise from Top Left: Florence Duomo,
San Frediano in Cestello,
The doors of the Baptistery of San Giovanni, Florence,
Jewelry on the shop lined bridge of Ponte Vecchio, Florence


1. Kathmandu, 2. Durbar Square Patan, Kathmandu, 3. Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu
Above: Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu


Between San Marco Basilica and the masks, it seemed like there was gold everywhere in Venice.


Can't forget Hamburg

Above an Apotheke in St. Georg


And Finally, one from just a few days ago: this dome on Wawel Cathedral in Krakow.

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  1. Very cool! Love your photos, and so cool that you're doing so much traveling... My dad used to say that no education could match traveling. Yep, I got the gypsy bug from him ;) Very happy to have found your blog!
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

  2. Wow, all that glitters really is gold. Fantastic photos. That gold ball was really interesting, and I look forward to that post. I loved all the gold you have Venice. I think I saw all of those Venice spots.