Sepia Saturday give bloggers an opportunity to share their family history and memories through photographs.
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" -
Beginning with Scotland - and here is an unusual sign at the England/Scotland Border at Carter Bar, south of Jedburgh. And no, you will not find a place to have a drink, as "bar" in this context is the old word for "gate" or "pass" where the drovers drove their cattle to market. [York has its Mickklegate Bar and Monk Bar]. It is the high point on the A68 road north with stunning views of the surrounding Cheviot Hills.
Staying in the Scottish Borders, I like to capture distinctive street signs - and here are two which reflect Melrose's key attraction - its 12th century abbey.
Across to the islands and two signs at Tobermory on Mull which make me smile:
Here the real Highland cows on the island!
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.
Across the Atlantic, to this colourful shop sign at Edgartown on the island of Martha's Vineyard off Cape Cod In the 19th century Edgartown was one of the main whaling ports on the American Atlantic coast, with scrimshaw the craft of decorating or carving whale bone or ivory, done by sailors as a recreational activity. Edgartown was used as the main location for shooting the town of Amity in Steven Spielberg's 1975 blockbuster "Jaws".
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 guest house in St. Wolfgang, Austria.
|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|
And finally I'll finish with the directional sign at Lands's End - Britain's most southerly point - next stop west New York 3147 miles away. And if you are into planning a long distance charity ride, it could be useful to know that you have a 874 mile journey ahead of you to reach mainland Britain's most northerly point John O'Groats at the tip of Scotland.
Just follow the signs!
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