Jake’s Sunday Post: Reflections

Once again, Jake has given us a wonderful new theme. Photos which feature reflections are often very attractive, as they have an extra dimension to them. Here are a few of mine.

This was taken through our coach window, one rainy spring evening in Paris.

The gardens of the beautiful Alhambra Palace in Granada have lovely water features which yield many reflections. I put this one in especially for Marianne of ‘East of Malaga‘, who seems to have a thing about this particular Spanish garden. πŸ™‚

In order to see the traditional Thai way of living in Bangkok, one needs to take a tour of the ‘khlongs’ of Thonburi, the old capital city situated on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. These old waterways have avoided much of the modern development of the rest of the city, and still retain their ramshackle charm.

I couldn’t leave the magnificent Li River out of my collection, so here is a pic showing the wonderful reflections of those picturesque green karst hills which line the river between Guilin and Yangshuo. Some of the fisherman still live on traditional houseboats.

Of course when looking for photos of reflections in water, Venice is always a good bet.

Florence has the beautiful medieval Ponte Vecchio, which in Italian simply means ‘old bridge.’ It spans the Arno River, and was one of the many highlights of our Italian tour last year.

This is the opulently decorated lobby of our hotel in Marrakech. On our arrival, it looked like a palace to me, but of course as one often finds in big, fancy hotels, the rooms weren’t nearly as spacious as one might have expected. πŸ™‚

Washington has many opportunities for snapping a few reflections, and this photo was taken one July 4th, when people were out celebrating Independence Day on the lawns surrounding the famous ‘Reflecting Pool’ which lies between the Lincoln memorial and the imposing Washington Monument, a marble obelisk built to commemorate the first U.S. president, General George Washington.

Last but by no means least, is my very favourite reflection photo of them all, taken in Amsterdam long before digital cameras came into being. If you imagine that Venice isΒ  the only romantic city boasting beautiful canals, you’re very much mistaken. Canals are a symbol of Amsterdam, and are now proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This city is sometimes known as “The Venice of the north,”Β  and if you’ve been there, you will know why.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my selection of reflections for Jake’s theme. To see more entries, just click here.

76 comments on “Jake’s Sunday Post: Reflections

  1. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections | Anotherdayinparadise2's Blog

  2. Wow this is a great entry! I love especially the Paris photo and you are right, the Amsterdam photo of the canals is spectacular! Wonderful entry! You have been to many great places! Ps… I would love to see the Li River!

  3. Paris, Amsterdam, Venice and Florence, SWEET! Nice to know that I get to see some of the million places you have visited. πŸ˜€

    The garden of Alhambra Palace looks so similar to the botanical garden in Balboa Park. I wouldn’t be so surprised if it is based on it.

  4. Whooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo all your pictures from all your travels would make the most wonderful coffee table book!

  5. Love these shots, Ad. The roof hanging precariously over the boat on Chao Phraya River is great πŸ™‚

    I must admit – Amsterdam is my favourite πŸ™‚

  6. You may have noticed I’m partial to reflections. Loved the variety in your selections. You really have been everywhere, haven’t you?

  7. Gorgeous, the buildings on the side of Ponte Vecchio look a bit precarious! If you go back to Marrakech, stay in a Riad – unless you already have?

    • Those buildings are jewellery shops, and I bet the rents are astronomical. πŸ™‚ I think it was the Sofitel Hotel, that we stayed in. I doubt that we’ll go back to Marrakech. Been there, done that. πŸ™‚

  8. Wonderful photos – and how kind of you to think of me with your Alhambra shot! πŸ™‚

    We took a few of the Khlong boats along the canals of Bangkok when we were there earlier this year. They were …. how shall we say …. different – and very cheap!!

    You did a great job with your theme this week, AD.

    • Thanks so much, Marianne. We stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel which was right on the river. The longboat which took as around the Khlongs was really lovely. πŸ™‚

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