Travel theme: Signs

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:

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Then there were the signs along the highway in North Dakota, that provided some welcome comic relief from the everlasting flatness of the landscape.

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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.

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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!

xxx Ailsa

About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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229 Responses to Travel theme: Signs

  1. adinparadise says:

    Thanks so much for the new challenge, Ailsa. Love the “Be Kind” signs. 🙂

  2. cinova says:

    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.

    • ailsapm says:

      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

  3. Pat Bailey says:

    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.

  4. Ooh, good one! Thanks for the constant inspiration!!

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  7. Sas says:

    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:

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  9. I like the signs that inspire good behavior. For my try at this week’s challenge for a photo journey:

    • ailsapm says:

      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

  10. Amy says:

    This is another “out-of-the-box” theme! Very cool!

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  12. fgassette says:

    Hi Ailsa, Enjoyed your photos for this week. Here is my entry:


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  14. Pat Bailey says:

    I remembered this fun sign from my trip to St. Petersburg Russia.

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  16. thirdeyemom says:

    Love it Ailsa! I love photographing signs too. I needed a laugh so here is mine:

  17. Dauw says:

    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’.

  18. cinova says:

    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.

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  21. rfljenksy says:

    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..

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  23. marina says:

    I like those large signs asking you to be good…. 🙂
    Here is my link

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  25. deepa says:

    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”!!

    • ailsapm says:

      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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  29. mostlymonochrome says:

    This is my effort. I like to see signs like this because they remind me I am abroad.

    • ailsapm says:

      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! 🙂

  30. Madoqua says:

    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:

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  33. 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.

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  38. 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!

    • ailsapm says:

      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

  39. cocoaupnorth says:

    Love the Be Kind & Be Polite signs, they probably work well to reduce road rage:-)
    Here’s my contribution,
    Enjoy the weekend!

    • ailsapm says:

      Very fun, cocoaupnorth, how very considerate of the Bokmakierie to wait at those specific distances for passing tourists to find. 🙂

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