Signs

Because He has nothing better to do?

Because He has nothing better to do?

The Honesty Coffee Shop in Batanes was born out of economic imbalance: the demand (for mid-morning coffee) was greater than the supply (of shopkeepers — the owner was a schoolteacher who could not afford to be late for class). Faith in humanity (and spot-on business […]

Signs as Art

Signs as Art

Leave it to the Louvre to come up with museum-worthy ways to say “No flash,” “Do not touch,” and “Speak softly.”   “Signs as Art” was created by LSS for travel site Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains. All rights reserved.

Coexistence

Coexistence

Macau‘s street signs have always fascinated me. (See my photo series here.) My own country was under Spanish rule for over 300 years and it shows: our food, our language, even our habits have roots that can be traced all the way across the world to […]

SPQR

SPQR

In Rome, you see these letters everywhere: in manhole covers, ancient monuments, and everything in between. SPQR stands for “Senātus Populusque Rōmānus” — the Senate and People of Rome. It calls to my mind that other famous phrase: “of the people, by the people, for the people.” I […]

Cam Treo! (Whatever That Means)

Cam Treo! (Whatever That Means)

In a world with Google Translate, it seems rather silly to still not know what this sign — seen near a construction site in Ho Chi Minh in 2009 — was telling us passing pedestrians. But I like the image for itself: the urgency of […]

Perhaps it was fate.

Perhaps it was fate.

This sign on a [closed] shop door in Burano (Venice, Italy) both amused me and made me think — of chance meetings and narrow escapes, of charmed lives and luck finally running out, of “everything happens for a reason.” Perhaps it was, indeed, fate. 🙂   “Perhaps […]