Travel Theme: Gleaming

The Oxford Dictionary’s definition ofGleam: (Of a smooth surface or object) reflect light because well polished’ didn’t seem exactly right to me, but I haven’t been able to come up with a better one.

Of course I know a gleam when I see one so here are a few from around the world.

A highly-polished brass chandelier in the new church of Delft reflects the church’s many arched windows. The brass of the chandelier gleams; the lights themselves glow. (My definition of gleam from this photo: shiny metallic surface reflecting sources of light in a dim room.)
Chandelier in the New Church in Delft, Holland A gleaming brass Buddha reflecting light at the Relic of the Buddha Hair Temple in Yangon, Myanmar. (My definition of gleam from this photo: shiny metallic surface reflecting light.)Brass Buddha at the Pagoda of the Hair Relic in Yangon Reflection of Jaipur Palace in large polished silver jar. (My definition of gleam from this photo: shiny metallic surface reflecting light.)
reflection of Jaipur Palace in large silver jarThe Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao has more of a sheen to its surface but the sculpture of shiny metallic bubbles gleams. (My definition of gleam from this photo: highly-polished metallic surface reflecting light.) 
The Frank Gehry designed Guggenheim in Bilbao with a sculpture of shiny bubbles in frontLike the Gehry building, the Planet Hollywood building has more of a sheen, but when it’s reflected in the shiny windows of the building opposite it, the metallic dots covering its surface gleam. (My definition of gleam from this photo: shiny glass surface reflecting light from metallic objects.) 
Las Vegas reflected building An installation art piece of shiny balloons in Vancouver not only gleam, they also have a bit of glare. (My definition of gleam from this photo: highly-polished metallic surface reflecting light.) 
An Installation Art Piece of Shiny BalloonsA car in Ho Chi Minh City at night gleams under the neon signs. (My definition of gleam from this photo: highly-polished vehicle and glass windows reflecting neon lights)
Neon Reflections in Saigon So I guess my final definition of gleam is: highly-polished shiny metallic-like surface reflecting light.

Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Gleaming

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