I have nothing historic in the way of signs or shops, so instead this is a nostalgic trip down memory lane of happy holidays, highlighting "Signs with a Sense of Place" -
Across to the islands and two signs at Tobermory on Mull which make me smile:
A bookshop sign on the Iona reflects the Celtic history of this tiny island, off the southwest coast of Mull in the Inner Hebrides. It is only 1.5 miles wide by 3 miles long, with a population of around 120 permanent residents, but everyone talks about the magical nature of this seat of Scottish Christianity where St. Columba founded his Abbey in 563AD. Later it became a place of pilgrimage and learning, and over 40 of Scotland's earliest kings were buried there.
Shop signs abroad have such an appeal - some tips here, perhaps, to brighten up our beleaguered High Streets.
|An opticians in Salzburg|
|A travel agent in Salzburg|
A hat shop in Vienna.
|A shop in Bad Ischl, Austria advertising its handmade biscuits - Lebkuchen, |
And after all that shopping, look out for a restaurant sign!
|At Chatres, France|
|At Krakow, Poland|