Time to Visit Tiffany’s


Linked to Weekend in Black & White.
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What is Reality?



You’ll need to look closely to determine what of this is reflection and what is the real view of the Thames from the 31st floor of the Shard.

Linked to Weekend Reflections.
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Pointing to the Clouds



The Shard is one of those buildings that looks deceptively normal in size when viewed from a distance.  Get up close, however, and you’ll have to crane your neck to look at the pinnacle.

Linked to Skywatch Friday.


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German Gates in the Hague


These intricate cast iron gates were donated to the Peace Palace by Germany in around 1911. They were designed by the architect B. Mohring and manufactured by Schulz & Holdefleiss. The bronze medallions in the centre of the design depict Lady Justice.

Linked to Good Fences.
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Is it a Bridge, Is It a Station, Is It a Battery?

London Blackfriars station has a lot to say for itself.  It is located on Blackfriars Rail Bridge across the Thames, just a stone’s throw from the Shard and St Paul’s Cathedral.  The trains stop on the bridge and passengers are treated to some of the best views of the river through the huge glass windows on either side of the station.




It has yet another claim to fame: it is the world’s largest solar bridge.  The distinctive ridged roof actually consists of over 4,000 solar panels.


It is justifiably proud of this distinction and has some fun displays around to show how much energy has been generated each day.




Linked to Lingering Look at Windows and Sunday Stills.




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Looking Down on Manchester – at night

-Look Up, Look Down Challenge, Week 49

Every Thursday, I publish a post containing photo(s) taken from above or below, and invite you to join in the challenge by posting your own photos with an up or down perspective.

When you have a hotel room with views like this, it’s tempting to stay up all night admiring them.


I didn’t quite do that, but here are some views from just before midnight – still busy down there!


If you’re visiting Manchester, I thoroughly recommend the Hilton Deansgate, which occupies the lower 23 floors of the Beetham Tower.   Up above are expensive apartments, favoured by the local football players amongst others.  As you can see, even from the “lower” floors, the views are to die for.


The Challenge

Click here to enter the challenge

Welcome to week 49 and a huge thank you as always to those who entered last week.  I was particularly bowled over by the cute posts this week, and my favourite has to be Carol’s big and little shot, featuring an adorable Great Dane.  You can see all of the entries from this and previous weeks on my Pinterest board if you are seeking inspiration, or are just plain nosy.

All are welcome; please share your up or down perspective with us.  Simply create your own post as normal, create a link to this challenge and then click here to enter your link and to view other entries.  If you have any difficulties with the linky, please just leave your link in a comment below and I will upload your thumbnail.

Finally, please don’t forget to go and visit the other challengers and pass on your views and encouragement.

To find out more about how to enter, click here.  The linky list will open each Thursday at 00:01 GMT (or a bit before) and will be open for a week.

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Also linked to the late slot at 1 Day 1 World.



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African Reflection



Linked to Weekend in Black & White,  Weekend Reflections and B&W Wednesday.
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