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Signs of Butte

21 Signs of Butte

Often in my travels I wish I could see a destination as it was years before I’ve gotten there — that I had access to H.G. Wells’ Time Machine so I could select exactly when to drop into a city or town.  In the case of Butte, Montana, I would set that Time Machine for circa 1900.  What a grand city I’d find when I arrived!  One of the largest, most developed new cities of the American West, with beautiful lavish hotels, elegant restaurants, theaters and other attractions, Butte was the place to be!  Funded by the wealth harvested from the mines of the “Richest Hill on Earth”, Butte was booming.

Jump forward a century and what you find is quite different.  Most …

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Signs of Halifax, Nova Scotia

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I’d never visited Halifax before this past summer and was not quite sure what I’d find when I visited.  As it is a provincial capital, I expected a lot of government and corporate offices and was not to be disappointed in that regard.  I didn’t expect the city’s natural harbor to be as lovely as it was, nor did I expect the downtown construction boom we encountered as the area is one of the poorest in Canada.  It is also one of the dirtiest cities I’ve seen in a country known for its cleanliness, so this revitalization offers promises of a better tomorrow.

Halifax has a number of interesting attractions, none overwhelming, but with an engaging Maritime Museum and a unique …

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.All Trips / Alberta / Central Canada / North America

Signs of Banff

04 Signs of Banff

Banff is the premier resort town of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.  Nestled on the leeward side of the Continental Divide, it became a popular tourist destination in the early 20th century when the Canadian Pacific Railroad first laid tracks and built tourist resorts in and around Banff.

Today’s Banff is much larger than the Banff I remember visiting as a boy a half century ago.  It still has great historic alpine charm and is in a magnificent natural setting, but during the summer the place is crowded with tourists –mostly Asian tourists  (Japanese especially) but with lots of Europeans (Germans mostly).  People who live in Alberta value and respect their visitors but tend to avoid the Banff townsite during the summer …

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Signs of Krakow

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I loved the days we spent in Krakow!  The city was everything I expected — and more.  Krakow and its people that have survived a lot of hardship over the years, most recently including Nazi and Soviet occupation.  The country and its people are now free and thriving.  And remarkably, Krakow has endured the ravages of war and occupation with its beautiful medieval core intact.
There’s a lot to see and do in the town, from historic Wawel Castle (and its Cathedral), inviting Market Square, to beautiful churches and museums in the old town.  It’s a city of advanced learning with a strong tradition of faith, from which Pope John Paul II advanced as leader of his church.  The former Jewish …

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.All Trips / Central USA / North America / Wyoming

Signs of Jackson Hole

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Jackson — sometimes called ‘Jackson Hole’ after the valley in which it resides — is a fun town to visit.  It’s situated in northwestern Wyoming, one of the most beautiful regions in the world.  With the growth of tourism in the area the town has morphed from its cowboy and ranching roots to an upscale resort.  But it’s not gone Hollywood — there’s still a lot of “country soul” around.  Jackson’s population is just under 10,000, not counting the surrounding ranchers and the many tourists that visit.
The popularity and quality of alpine skiing and the nearby location of the National Elk Refuge and Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks have made this town a travel destination both in summer and …

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Signs of Pinedale

04 Signs of Pinedale

Pinedale is a small town in Wyoming, the southern gateway to Jackson Hole (about a hour’s drive away).  It’s situated at the base of the beautiful Wind River Mountains.  Pinedale has a population of about 2,000 residents and is an important outdoor adventure hub.  There’s a lot of natural country nearby for hiking, camping, backpacking, hunting and ATV adventures, and hundreds of lakes for fishing and water sports.  The climate is subarctic because of its high altitude so winter is long and winter sports like snowmobiling, skating, snowboarding and skiing are very popular.

An unusual local attraction is the Museum of the Mountai

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.All Trips / Massachusetts / North America / Northeastern USA

Signs of Boston

03 Signs of Boston

I’m fond of looking at a city’s signage, and often find it a reflection of that city’s personality.  I’ve previously published a few galleries featuring signs I’ve encountered in different cities.

Boston was a delight for me in this regard.  Lots of clever signs, many beautifully crafted, now to be shared with you.  I hope you find most of them as entertaining as I did:

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.All Trips / Czech Republic / Europe

Signs of Prague

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I love to photograph (what I consider) unusual details of the cities I visit, including its architecture, decorations, statues, signs and symbols.  I often find these my favorite souvenirs of that destination, and that my camera’s lens is drawn more and more to these small details.

I’ve noticed over my years as a travel blogger a growing fondness of the signs of a destination.  I find them entertaining and highly informative about the character of a place and its.  I especially enjoyed those of Prague, and hope you do too!

 

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