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 - wheresmybackpack.com - 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

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  2. gingerbreadcafe says:
    • ailsapm says:

      Very cool, gingerbread, I love your comment that you can date photos of Times Square by what is being advertised – spot on, and I never considered that before. Nice one! xxx Ailsa

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  4. Gilly Gee says:

    Hi Ailsa, I found a sign today, hope you like it! http://lucidgypsy.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/travel-theme-signs/ thanks for the challenge!

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  7. Jo Bryant says:

    Well Ailsa I am showing off my town again…sorry but I can’t help myself
    http://jobryantnz.wordpress.com/2012/08/12/show-me-the-way/

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  11. Had to wait til today to get to a rally before I entered my post. Signs…
    http://firstandfabulous.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/travel-theme-signs/

  12. Hi, Here’s our first contribution!!
    Both inspirational and weird signs shot by a woman suffering from depression.
    http://brokenlightcollective.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/following-the-signs/
    We invite you and your talented readers to submit to our photography collective too if you or they are a match. Thanks for the challenge.

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks so much for joining in the weekly travel theme, you guys. Great photos, hope to see more of your group’s photos in coming weeks. xxx Ailsa

  13. trishworth says:

    I liked your signs commanding us to be polite etc. They reminded me of a sign here in Canberra. Australians can be blunt, but I’ve always cringed a bit at this one: http://soundslikewish.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/ailsas-photography-challenge-signs/
    Still, if it stops one driver from drinking before he gets in his/her car, it’s worth it.

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  15. Myra GB says:

    Hi Ailsa, great travel theme this week. Here is my post – not really signs, more like wall art and graffiti from Prague, but serves its purpose, I guess as a “sign” haha. 🙂 http://gatheringbooks.wordpress.com/2012/08/12/photo-journaltravel-theme-signs/

    • ailsapm says:

      These are awesome, Myra, I am stealing the ‘Laugh until you fall apart’ one and painting it somewhere prominent in my next apartment. 🙂

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  17. Anne Camille says:

    The best sign I’ve ever seen was, of course, one of those photographs that got away unexposed. But here are some others that I’ve snapped in my travels: http://wp.me/p1tzBV-1AO

    • ailsapm says:

      That sheep cattle and wind sign is bizarre, what is the point of the guy in a suit in front of the cow and the sheep gazing off into the distance? He’s the least likely looking farmer I’ve ever seen. 🙂

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  20. Marianne says:

    Hi Ailsa – GREAT theme this week!

    Here´s my contribution http://eastofmalaga.wordpress.com/2012/08/12/travel-theme-signs/

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  24. Sign, sign, everywhere a sign! Hi everybody (and Ailsa!) … here’s my take on the week’s Travel Theme: http://stephenkellycreative.wordpress.com/2012/08/12/travel-theme-sign/

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  26. The “Be Kind” and “Be Polite” signs are a good reminder for busy roads.
    I thought I’d take the challenge in a little different direction. Hope you enjoy …!!!
    Thanks for pushing us to meet your challenges.
    Isadora
    http://insidethemindofisadora.wordpress.com/2012/08/12/travel-theme-signs -of-art/

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  28. Your trail markers are really unusual – as unusual as the falls! I thought I’d share an ad that I found funny, even though I really don’t know anything about the product it’s selling… http://newpillowbook.wordpress.com/2012/08/12/travel-theme-signs/

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  32. Madhu says:

    Loving your inspired themes Ailsa. Chuckled at the gentle reminders to behave 🙂 Should be mandatory on Indian roads! Would at least keep the incessant honking at bay. A friend sent me a sign that read “If you are stupid and you know it honk your horn” and I am considering fixing it on my bumper 🙂
    Here is my entry: http://theurgetowander.com/2012/08/13/travel-theme-signs/

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh dear, the incessant honking of your roads puts me in mind of New York cab drivers. I am enthralled by your post about a puma-shaped city. If I lived there, I would replace north, south, east and west with more interesting directions like tailward or noseward. How much fun!

  33. fotograffer says:

    Great theme this week. Got a two for one with mine combining “Signs” with “Wrong” for the Photo Challenge:
    http://ronmayhewphotography.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/weekly-photo-challenge-wrongtravel-theme-signs/

  34. Kavi says:

    Hey Ailsa, submitting another sign as suggested by Madhu 🙂
    http://wingrish.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/the-popes-revenge/

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  38. A perfect theme. Signs make us be aware of the real truth and happenings out there. Thanks.

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Mr B – another wonderful post from you. I think it’s superb how you manage to weave several themes into your post and blend them so beautifully into a narrative. xxx Ailsa

  39. Judy says:

    Alisa…I came visiting….after viewing blogs from several blogger friends who are doing your theme of Signs!
    I adore signs! What a great theme for a challenge! I love your blog name and your blog looks wonderful!

    • Judy says:

      oops….I mean Ailsa. 😦

    • ailsapm says:

      Gosh, thanks for the compliments, I’m very happy you found my site, Judy. I just read on your blog that you’ve recently been to Zion and the Grand Canyon – I’m about to embark upon a road trip to that very area and would love to hear where you went and what routes you took. Were you on a road trip or an organized tour? xxx Ailsa

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  42. pommepal says:

    G’day Ailsa, a bit late this week, been bush and just got back to a place with internet connection. Being in the bush ot here you have to be so aware of your surroundings. Danger lurkes every where… http://memoriesaremadeofthisblog/signs

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