The Written Word

Welcome back to another episode of A'lil Hoohaa's monthly photo blog challenge. This month, PJ, our host, picked "The Written Word" for us to interpret. 

Now that's what I call a challenge! It's not that I didn't have ideas - it's the lack of time and money that prevented me from pursuing them. Just a teaser (mostly for myself, uugggghh, getting itchy feet here!)

I would have loved to take the shots I put together in the above collage, in clockwise order (in bracket due credit and thanks to the photographers):
  • The HOPE sculpture in New York City (my real life friend Susanne)
  • The HOLLYWOOD sign in Los Angeles (Unsplash contributor Ahmet Yalcinkaya)
  • The TORONTO sign at Nathan Phillips Square (my FB friend Bernie's friend Sam)
  • The I AM STERDAM sign, well, in Amsterdam (Unsplash contributor Red Morley Hewitt)
  • The LOVE sculpture in Hebrew אהבה in Jerusalem (Pinterest User Blodilando)
Wouldn't that be a great trip!!! Y'all know I have a thing for the LOVE sculptures.

Instead I had to keep it simple and local, so what I did - while hubby and son were away on their annual Fathers and Kids weekend, along with two dozen other families - I drove a good three hours to Martigny in the French part of Switzerland. I blogged about this trip in case you're interested. Spoiler alert: you'll get to see the Matterhorn! 

In 2013 the Fondation Pierre Gianadda purchased one of Robert Indiana's LOVE sculptures, so that's what I visited. It is smaller than the one in Philly that we saw last year, but very pretty in this park setting.

Speaking of Robert Indiana, who knew his ART sculpture has been displayed practically in front of my doorstep, well, in Zurich's financial district? Personally I prefer the bold LOVE and HOPE letters, but this is interesting, too. Why was it placed in front of a bank, though, and not in a more artsy setting? Was it a question of money?

Even the "backside" facing the tram stop looks kinda more interesting.

While I was in the French part of Switzerland I visited the Queen Experience. Not the Queen of England, mind you, Queen, Freddie Mercury's band. It's located inside the casino of Montreux. I found the sign scenic enough to feature in today's challenge. 

Back in the German part of Switzerland, from where I live it's a good 1.5 hours' drive to Rapperswil which is located on the upper end of Lake Zurich. It's known for tis medieval monastery and to be the home of the largest Swiss circus, Knie, and as such there is also a permanent zoo that is mainly focussed to please the kids. 

The day I went there, however, I was on the lookout for the giant letters on the cobble stone piazza that spell different words every few months. 

Looks as though the town can't wait for Halloween...

In all reality what it says, however, is "Dracheboot" translating as dragon boat, and they're referring to the dragon boat race that is going down this very weekend.

To wrap things up, here's a shoe combo I want to show you. I consider myself being more of a purse girl, but Louis Vuitton just doesn't seem to be into word plays?

Shoe shining machine at our local mall.

I'm gonna take this as my motto going into the next month!

Those were my five six, I hope you enjoyed them. For more posts head over to A 'lil Hoohaa's blog and check out the other contributions.


  1. Tamara, I love the ART one myself. Great road trip to find big letters. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

  2. I love the shoe shining machine LOL. Thanks for sharing the road trip with us.

  3. Nice interpretation of the theme for the month.

  4. I love it when words double as art! And that last shot is definitely a motto to adopt!! Thanks for taking us on your little trip.

  5. This is why this monthly challenge is good... get to see different ways people interpret things. Nicely done on this. That LOVE sculpture is definitely all over the place. I know I've seen them in several different places.

  6. Hmmm, I feel like I've missed out on something big! I've yet to see a single LOVE signs/sculpture IRL. There must be a directory of their locations somewhere on the interwebz. Definitely something to think about for a future trip.

    What a great idea to take us all along on your solo road trip. And I love your creativity by first showing us "BOO" and then the entire scene - whimsical and humourous. Two thumbs up!


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