Achtung! Before we file our last blog post, we’ve got odds and ends lying about. How about a few zany signs and products from other cultures?
From the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Centre in Glasgow. This sign for the restrooms makes sense:
Takes a second to get this one, but the fine print helps:
On a walking path outside Pitlochry, this was reassuring:
Here’s a sign at Bennets (sic) Bar in Edinburgh. Given the choice, I’ll take beer:
This egg dish at an Edinburgh cafe is at least an improvement on the Hamlet and Cheese:
Here, an admirable picture of Nellie. Hung in the toilet at the Gardener’s Cottage, Edinburgh:
In Edinburgh, there is a van line that names its lorries. They are all named Van, but with variations:
Puppies. On a Roll.
A reminder, on the Scottish trail – a famous rhyme that still holds true:
In France now. These marshmallows are X-TREME:
Old-style signs are cool.
What strange tragedy has just happened in this mural in Basel?
Odd to see the wizened visage of Ronald Reagan leering from a Basel window.
There are many scenes of crucifixion scattered throughout the French countryside. But Gold Jesus may be the best.
The IHF – what’s that stand for again?
Oh yes – the International Handball Federation. Based in Basel, Switzerland:
What strange secrets are these men of Appenzell hiding?
Poster in St. Gallen, Switzerland. This is Joanne Worley, right?
In Germany, we saw a lot of this lady:
Great thing about Germans. Not only are they scrupulous about signage, they are imaginative. This intersection is in a small town near Lake Titisee:
Stopping for refreshment in Schiltach. It’s nice to see people enjoying beer, is all.
Grocery chain in Germany. Tribute to E’s mother:
How can you resist buying cheese from this man?
In Gengenbach, a plea for curbing your hund:
Rotterdam. Giant squid. A childhood fear in the flesh.
In Norway, the crosswalk signs have a distinctly film noir feel:
Seen in Christiansand, Norway, a poster for a production of Ibsen’s Enemy of the People. Which has an awesome title in the original Norwegian:
We saw a lot of interesting products in Holland. This bag o’ chips alludes to the Space Needle, for some reason.
The Dutch aren’t keen on balloons:
Not entirely sure what this mural at the Rijksmuseum means. But it’s saying something:
Some curious art at the Reykjavik airport. Is this an olive? A dragon’s egg?
And arriving in New York, we’ll close with the wisdom of Yoko Ono: