Give Me A Sign (Don Ward)

By: Don Ward
By: Don Ward

A few funny or unusual signs I saw on my recent travels.

A LOOK AT SOME MESSAGES - OVERSEAS STYLE

I remember looking at an orange juice carton on one trip to England.  Where the American packaging would say "No Pulp" ...this one proudly declared...., "No Bits".   This trip I picked up a few pictures of a few signs.

This first one (below) is very sweet.  How nice to warn drivers near a retirement home that there are elderly people in the area...it just looks a little bit like a warning about pickpockets!

 

The sign below is at Blenheim Palace, North of London. This is an area with vast, lush green lawns...The sign below however, requested that we all refrain from stepping....on the gravel.

The next sign is at Cheverny, a beautiful chateau in the French Loire Valley...

Part of it is still occupied, and the family keeps hunting dogs......120 of them.   Their daily feeding is a spectacle....and as the crowd gathers...well, everyone is asked to be nice (In French, and in English) ..On the right is what they're waiting to eat.  Raw chicken, and dog food.    Bon Appetit, les chiens!

    

This next one isn't really a sign...it's a receipt.  But it is a sign of just how expensive Paris can be.  I don't mind spending money, but I hate being robbed!  At a cafe near the Eiffel Tower (hence the prices), one coffee, one orange juice, two plain croissants, one pain au chocolat ( a bread-like pastry with a little chocolate cream filling - very good) ...16.60 Euros!  That's almost 23 dollars!

At least at one place in Paris they let you know you're about to be robbed.  This is in one of the elevators that goes to the top of the Eiffel tower...and this is a warning about pickpockets!

Back in England, the bathroom at a countryside cafe sports this important reminder...seems a little bossy though.

And finally, at a small restaurant in London they specialize in variations on one specific dish.  We would simply call it a baked potato.  The British call it a "Jacket Potato"  as in , a potato still in its skin, or jacket.  It's all over the menu.  In their defense, I'm pretty sure the place is run by people for whom English is not the first language...and they almost got "Jacket Potatoes" right. 

Almost.

We'll talk again soon.

Don Ward

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