Saturday, April 27, 2013

Q is for quirky: images of America

Billboards!
A cafe!!
And a petting zoo!!

Oh, my goodness, if they've got those wonders, who knows what else they could have to entice the wandering tourist!!!!

Not that Australia doesn't have billboards, but somehow, being in a different country, these were positively screaming out and demanding we take notice and STOP!


Yeehaaaa! (Shouted loudly in my feeble attempt at an American accent which fools no one, but is fun to try) We weren't disappointed. The tree house was fantastical, amazing, unbelievable and oozed gingerbread, wicked witches, dreams and nightmares, and all the fairy tales combined, in one glorious, indulgent, over the top razzle-dazzle and with frosting as well! It was HUGE, oh how I'd have loved to go inside and wander into those entrancing rooms on different levels and dream. Sigh....
There was old, sometimes frayed, tatty and broken ... stuff ... from days gone by. Some was so familiar, not only from my own childhood, but from old tv shows and movies. I could have spent hours, oohing and aahing over the extraordinary collection of memorabilia.
Not only that, but there was a shop - no surprises there! Tourist stuff, kitsch, trinkets, junk, plastic things, cheese and wine and an ... interesting ... selection of reading matter, some of it well thumbed.
Then placed carefully back on the shelf.

Did they find what they were looking for, some inspiration, belief or prayer that fitted the moment,  or was it all a bit too wishful and airy fairy and they walked scratching their head?

Most useful of all, there were also extremely helpful staff who directed us to a supermarket with clear, turn by turn directions.

"Yeehaaa" again ;-)


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2 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sue .. they've got so much space haven't they - so the billboards can abound.

The people are pretty helpful and love foreigners .. I expect you and I know I was always popular .. people wanting me to speak!

Cheers Hilary

Sue Travers said...

It's funny isn't it Hilary, it's easy to feel like a very minor celebrity being asked to speak just so people can hear the accent!