|The Sky Over Nine Columns by Heinz Mack|
|Carnival Mask, Venice|
The practice of adorning oneself in golden finery began centuries ago, as evidenced by the jewellery left behind by the ancient Etruscans.
|Etruscan Jewellery, Vatican Museums|
Today, the luxe glimmer of gold is also appreciated by this human statue in the Galleria Umberto I shopping arcade in Naples.
|Golden Lady, Naples|
There was plenty of bling for the ladies in Monte Carlo in this glittering display of shoes.
|Window Display, Monte Carlo|
Heading outside on the hotel terrace for breakfast, I found these gold foil-wrapped bottles of champagne waiting patiently for another night of revelry on the French Riviera.
|Champagne in Monte Carlo|
And the fashionable city of Paris won't be outdone when it comes to bling. Even the balconies of the Galeries Lafayette department store glittered in gold.
|Galeries Lafayette, Paris|
So did the roofline of the Opera Garnier with its gilded figure of Harmony by Charles Gumery.
|L'Harmonie, Opera Garnier, Paris|
Visit Where's my backpack? for more golden photos and news on next week's travel photo theme. And best wishes to all for a happy holiday season filled with many golden moments spent with family and friends.