Halfway through my roadtrip across the US, I stayed with a friend’s family on a farm in Wisconsin. It was the coolest coincidence in the world for an Irish girl from Dublin to find herself staying in the little town of Erin on Dublin Road bang smack in the middle of America. I had to get a photo of this sign:
Then there were the signs along the highway in North Dakota, that provided some welcome comic relief from the everlasting flatness of the landscape.
But my favourite sign of recent days was the mystical sign painted on trees along a trail that led to a very strange and very lovely waterfall in upstate New York.
So this week’s travel theme is signs. They come in all shapes and sizes and I would love to see your interpretation of the theme. If you would like to join in, create your own post with the title Travel theme: Signs and put a link to this page in your post so others can find it. And check back in next Friday for a new travel theme.
Give me a sign!
Thanks so much for the new challenge, Ailsa. Love the “Be Kind” signs. 🙂
Those signs made me smile as we whizzed by them – so much nicer than those signs flogging things for you to buy. 🙂
Great challenge, Ailsa. Glad to be able to contribute earlier again this week! Mine are taken around Melbourne’s suburbs and down at the beachside suburb of Lorne. Looking forward to seeing what is posted when I awaken tomorrow morning.
Woot, cinova, you got the first post this week. Way to go! Fabulous series of signs, I love the kiss and ride, and the whale weathervane on top of the signposts is brilliant. xxx Ailsa
Thanks for the theme. We’ll be traveling from Michigan to Newfoundland on the northeast coast of Canada starting Sunday so I’ll be on the lookout for signs.
Ooh, that sounds like a fun road trip, Pat – can’t wait to see what signs you find along the way. xxx Ailsa
From Berlin 🙂
Lovely, Kavi, Berlin is such an exciting city, isn’t it? xxx Ailsa
Loved Berlin, was super fun 🙂
Ooh, good one! Thanks for the constant inspiration!!
Yaay, glad you like it, news 🙂
I like all of them!!! 🙂 You’re the best!
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Good one, Ailsa! Here’s ours: http://windagainstcurrent.com/2012/08/10/travel-theme-signs/
Wow, quite a series of signs there, Vlad. I love the bittersweet heaven one, and I’m curious, did you encounter any nude sunbathers by that sign? 😉
Hardly any—and if any, they clearly wish they weren’t nude … of course, that could be because we are usually there in winter 🙂
Haha, that could be a bit chilly 😉
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I had to join in with this week’s travel theme. I have a wierd obsession with signs and symbols and I’m always photographing and painting pictures of them. Here’s my contribution: http://thetravelbug.blog.co.uk/2012/08/10/travel-theme-signs-14447238/
I love the Hollywood sign, Sas, and I’m always fascinated by signs in Welsh, it’s such a cool language! xxx Ailsa
Great theme! Here’s my contribution. http://adinparadise.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/ailsas-travel-theme-signs/
Haha, these are brilliant, adinparadise, gave me a good giggle! xxx Ailsa
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I like the signs that inspire good behavior. For my try at this week’s challenge for a photo journey: http://canoecommunications.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/signs-of-life/
Me too, c & c, those ‘Be kind’ and ‘Be polite’ signs really brightened up my drive through North Dakota. Loved your post, the tree shot is my favourite. xxx Ailsa
This is another “out-of-the-box” theme! Very cool!
Hurrah, looking forward to your post, Amy. xxx Ailsa
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Hi Ailsa, Enjoyed your photos for this week. Here is my entry: http://wp.me/p23TG1-1ai
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Great video and photo of the Occupy protests in Pittsburgh, Francine.
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I remembered this fun sign from my trip to St. Petersburg Russia. http://imissmetoo.me/2012/08/10/travel-theme-signs/
Haha, Pat, even in a foreign language, the golden arches spell out fast food loud and clear.
Even when they change the alphabet I recognized it immediately!
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Love it Ailsa! I love photographing signs too. I needed a laugh so here is mine:
Thanks Nicole, that made me choke on my morning coffee 🙂 Hope you and your pinkie feel better soon! xxx Ailsa
In Germany I too photographed some painted trees recently.
So your last picture surely is also my favorite.
This time I’m a little faster with my entry than last week…
No trees, and the sign is hidden in a little corner of the picture, but the meaning of it is telling a whole story about a little town near Antwerp, called ‘Doel’.
Great photo, Dauw, I had to look for the sign in it, made me smile. Love the paintings in the windows of the building! xxx
The paintings in the windows are awesome!1 Thanks for sharing..:)
Thanks phil! xxx
Am enjoying all these signs. Yet another great idea for a travel theme, Ailsa! I was inspired by thirdeyemom who combined your theme with the other photographic challenge theme. So here is another entry for this week. These photographs were taken along the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea. http://cinova.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/weekly-photo-challenge-wrong/
Yeah it was a good one.. she always has awesome posts.
Really great post, cinova. How long ago did you travel the Kokoda Track?
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When I first saw the theme I was excited as I LOVE SIGNS.. and i have some great ones and funny ones from different countries.. but well, sign of the times has hit me about 20 times in the face this week for a lot of reasons so I just decided to stick with it.. here’s my take.. Sign of the times..http://rfljenksy.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/travel-theme-signs/
Wow, this is a great series of shots, rfl, some really powerful ones and some very funny ones too. Love it.
Nice theme this week. here is my entry:
This made me laugh out loud, David. Good one! 🙂
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I like those large signs asking you to be good…. 🙂
Here is my link
Nice post about Italian signs in all their detail, Marina 🙂
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Great theme Ailsa! I actually posted this for this week’s Daily Post Challenge. But it fits in with this theme also. A sign we found in a restaurant on one of our road trips to India.
There were other interesting road signs which I couldn’t capture such as :
” If married, divorce speed” , “Be gentle on my curves”!!
Great shot, deepa. I’m fascinated that the ‘no smoking’ part of the sign is way bigger than the ‘arms or ammunitions’ part. Hmm, which one is really more dangerous?
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This is fun. Here is my entry: https://ohmsweetohmdotme.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/travel-theme-photo-challenge-signs
Now that was a fun post, I had a good chuckle at it 🙂
Thanks. I have a lot of fun with signs.
A sign from Bronx, NY, with historic significance:
Very cool, Shaanthz, a little part of Bronx history, great find! xxx Ailsa
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Snowy one for a summer’s day! http://annarashbrook.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/travel-theme-signs/
Haha, these are fabulous, Anna, great photos, so much fun! xxx Ailsa
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Nice one Ailsa! Here’s mine. http://ayearinmyshoes.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/travel-theme-signs/
Viva Las Vegas! Yeah. 🙂
This is my effort. I like to see signs like this because they remind me I am abroad.
Me too, there’s no mistaking you’re abroad with signs like this. They’re even better when there’s no English on them. I remember having the hardest time in Japan finding my subway stop because it was all in kanji and I struggled to match the kanji on my piece of paper with what I was seeing on the subway stops as they whizzed by. I missed my stop on many occasions! 🙂
simple signs …
Nice one, frizztext, I wonder what it really stands for…
Ailsa, a great post. I really like the flame sign on the tree. I wonder how often the artist touches it up as it gets worn away? Some signs are fantastic!
My contribution can be found at:
Most of the flame signs looked pretty worn, which added to the mystique – I love your structurally unsafe jetty sign 🙂
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Hey Ailsa… back after 3 weeks missing out of the challenges. We went to Cuba for 2 weeks and just returned to China. Whew… I am beat and trying hard to master jet lag.
I went for a wander today and snapped a few cool signs of familar things in Chinese… I am sure you all will be able to recognise them. I also found a few funny signs in Ching-lish. That is signs mis-translanted from Chinese to English.
Very fun post, CTB, and thanks for sharing the meaning of speeling – I’m going to try to use it in a sentence this week! 🙂
Ha ha… my aunt wants to use it with scrabble 🙂
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Thanks for the inspiration! Here’s mine: http://newsofthetimes.org/2012/08/11/weekly-travel-photo-theme-signs/
Wow, these shots are beautiful, news, all of them. They each tell such great stories, and I love your lyrics too 🙂
Thank you!!! 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!
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Great signs, AIlsa! Do you remember the sequential signs Burma Shave or someone used to do on long stretches of road?
I probably should have given this one a little more thought and come up with something clever, but time is limited on our visit to famiiy, so here’s mine! I still had fun with it! http://theretiringsort.com/2012/08/11/travel-theme-signs/
I’d never heard of the Burma Shave signs but I just googled them. Apparently the signs were all removed when the company was sold to Philip Morris in 1963, before I was even a twinkle in my father’s eye 😉 Such a pity, I’d love to have seen them, what a brilliant marketing ploy that was.
Hope you have a great visit with your family! Loved your signs post. xxx Ailsa
The Burma Shave signs were fun! I was in Jr. High School in 1963 and remember them well!
Love the Be Kind & Be Polite signs, they probably work well to reduce road rage:-)
Here’s my contribution, http://cocoaupnorth.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/travel-theme-signs/
Enjoy the weekend!
Very fun, cocoaupnorth, how very considerate of the Bokmakierie to wait at those specific distances for passing tourists to find. 🙂