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Always amazing photo opportunities in Italy - I stumbled across this piece of art on A Florence street - where else


See my Nice Google Earth page for more details -

If you come to a fork in the road, take it and then look for a knife

Oct 08 Ina
Just back from Italy -
day 1 Venice -> Florence -> Lucca hired bike went into countryside - > florence
day 2 Florence - > siena -> San Gimignano -> Florence
day 3 Florence -> walking cinque terre -> Pisa -> Florence
day 4 Florence -> Venice -> home

Sep 08 - Belfast <> Dublin
Jul 08 - Belfast -> Nice -> Cassis -> Marseille-> Paris -> Belfast
Dec 07 - Belfast -> Barcelona -> Marrakech -> Rabat -> Tangiers -> Malaga
Oct 07 Belfast -> Paris / Epernay -> Sicily
Aug 07 - Whirlwind tour of Fermanagh lakes and Connemara
May 07 - Belfast -> Nice -> Turin -> Aosta -> Milan -> Rome -> Belfast
Mar 07 - Newcastle-on-Tyne and Darlington
Mar 07- Barcelona <> Madrid <> Segovia
Feb 07 - Dublin
Dec 06 - Manchester<>Bristol
Nov 06 - Barcelona
Sep 06 - London
Sep 06 - Barcelona -> Seville -> Jerez-> Cordoba -> Madrid -> Toledo ->Barcelona
Apr 06 - Geneva -> Rome -> Pompeii

Les Calanques

The rangers in Les Calanques patrol diligently over a large area to warn straying walkers of pending danger.


In the middle of Costa world is a city often by passed by the sun worshippers of Northern Europe en route to their apartment in the sky. I was particularly struck by the single supply chain from vineyard to bodega / tabernas. There are still quite a few of the latter still in Malaga, although you'll have to seek them out. The idea of selling product directly from a cask is one that has all but died out in the British Isles. It's still very much a way of life for the locals in Malaga and goes hand in glove with their love of tapas. Malaga pushes their normal and fortified wines a lot but seem to suffer in the shadow of their great and powerful rival Jerez ( Sherry)

Losing Something in Translation 2 ...

In a Paris dress shop: Dresses for street walking.

In a Hong Kong dress shop: Order your summers suit. Because is big rush we will execute customers in strict rotation.

From the Soviet weekly There will be a Moscow Exhibition of the Arts by 15,000 Soviet Republic painters and sculptors. These were executed over
the past two years.

In an East African newspaper: A new swimming pool is rapidly taking shape since the contractors have thrown in the bulk of their workers.

In a Vienna hotel: In case of fire, do your utmost to alarm the porter.

In Germany's Black Forest It is strickly forbidden on our Black Forest camping site that people of different sex, for instance, men & women, live together in one tent unless they are married for that purpose.

An ad by a Hong Kong dentist: Teeth extracted by the latest Methodists.

A Russian chess book: A lot of water has been passed under the bridge since this variation has been played.

In a Rome laundry: Ladies, leave your clothes here & spend the afternoon having a good time.

In a Czech tourist agency : Take one of our horse driven tours---we guarantee no miscarriages.

Ad for donkey rides in Thailand: Would you like to ride your own ass?

On a faucet in a Finnish restroom: To stop the drip, turn cock to right.

In the window of a Swedish furrier: Fur coats made for the ladies from their own skin.

On a box of a clockwork toy in Hong Kong: Guaranteed to work throughout its useful life.

Detour sign in Kyushi, Japan: Stop---Drive sideways.

Swiss mountain inn: Special today--no ice cream.

Bangkok temple: It is forbidden to enter a woman even a foreigner if dressed like a man.

Tokyo bar: Special cocktail for the ladies with nuts.

Copenhagen airline ticket office: We take your bags and send them in all directions.

Moscow hotel room: If this is your first visit to the USSR, you are welcome to it.

Norwegian cocktail lounge: Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar.

Budapest zoo: Please do not feed the animals. If you have any suitable food, give it to the guard on duty.

Office of a Roman doctor: Specialist in women and other diseases.

Acapulco hotel: The manager has personally passed all the water served here.

Tokyo shop: Our nylons cost more than common, but you'll find that they are best in the long run.

Japanese instructions on an air conditioner: Cooles & Heates: If you want just condition of warm in your room, please control yourself.

Car rental brochure in Tokyo: When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn. Trumpet him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles your
passage then tootle him with vigor.

Two signs from a Majorcan shop entrance:
English well talking;
Here speeching American.

On the box of a Vietnamese laughing tip-toy:
Can't invert with laugh
The laugh begin. you are youthful
As poke as shaky as shaky as laugh
During the use. open the lid of top and take two cells (NO. 5) in the box. If you want to stop laugh or don't use for a long
time. you must take out the cells (This seller have no cells)

A sign on the lion cage at a zoo in the Czech Republic:
No smoothen the lion

A Finnish hotel's instructions in case of fire:
If you are unable to leave your room, expose yourself in the window.

A notice in a Japanese hotel (ca. 1950):
Please not to steal towels. If you are not person to do such, please not to read notice.

I do a lot of change management in my professional and social (travel) life. It was Lord Salisbury, in the late nineteenth century, who asked: “What do we need change for; aren’t things bad enough as they are?

The top five of travelling blunders

1. U.K. For Alton Towers is not in Alton In Hampshire. It's near Uttoxeter in Staffordshire.
2. Stratford in the south east of London is not where William Shakespeare was born. He was born in Stratford on Avon in Warwickshire.
3. Leeds castle is not in the city of that name in Yorkshire - It's in Kent
4. Hampton court palace is not in Southampton.
5. For football fans travelling to Raith to see Raith Rovers in Scotland, there is no such place. A famous victory in the 1960s led to the famous quote (commonly attributed to English commentator David Coleman - but actually said by Sam Leitch, another BBC sports broadcaster of the time) that the fans would be "dancing in the streets of Raith tonight." Clearly Leitch, although a Scotsman himself, was unaware of the club's actual location in Kirkcaldy.

Losing Something in Translation 1 ...

Apologies for any offence - non meant -

In a Bucharest hotel lobby: - The lift is being fixed for the day. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable.

In a Leipzig elevator: - Do not enter the lift backwards, and only when lit up.

In a Belgrade elevator: To move the cabin, push button for wishing floor. If the cabin should enter more persons, each one should press a number of wishing floor. Driving is then going alphabetically by national order.

In a Paris hotel elevator: Please leave your values at the front desk.

In a hotel in Athens: Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9&11 am daily.

In a Yugoslavian hotel The flattening of underwear with pleasure is the job of the chambermaid.

In the lobby of a Moscow hotel across from a Russian orthodox Monastery:
You are welcome to visit the cemetary where famous Russian and Soviet composers, artists, and writers are buried daily except Thursday.

In an Austrian hotel for skiers: Not to perambulate the corridors in the hours of repose in the boots of ascension.

On a menu in a Swiss restaurant: Our wines leave you nothing to hope for.

On a menu of a Polish hotel: Salad a firm's own make; limpid red beer soup with cheesy dumplings in the form of a finger; roasted duck let loose; beef rashers beaten up in the country people's fashion.

In a Hong Kong supermarket: For your convenience we recommend coourteous, effecient self-service.

In a Bangkok cleaners: Drop your trousers here for best results.

Wedding Planning

My daughters wedding took place in Donegal on September 6th 2008 in a place called Gartan.

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    Jan 8, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Happy birthday! :-)

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    Jan 8, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Happy Birthday ! I hope you enjoy your special day.

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    Jan 8, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Hope your birthday is filled with all the fun you can handle!

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    Jan 8, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Wishing you a very happy birthday and a year filled with exciting travel!

  • leics's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    And another happy birthday, I hope! :-)

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    Jan 8, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Happy birthday! :-)

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    Jan 8, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Hello hello SK :-)) Oops... I missed your birthday. Happy happy belated birthday :-))

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    Jan 8, 2013 at 6:25 AM

    Happy Birthday ! Hope you are having a great time with your family and friends.

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    Apr 10, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Hello there SK. I saw your forum question and couldn't reallyhelp so I thought I would say hello here as a fellow Belfastman, though long now moved away. I am actually writing this in the Philippines, which is about as far from Royal Avenue as you can get. Who were the musos at your daughter's wedding, local Donegal girls? There is some great music about there. I only ask as I do a little bit (not very well) myself. Hope you have a great time in York, it is a cracking city and you might try the Olde Starre Inn there, it has music some nights including trad. I played there once. fergy.

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    Jan 22, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Thank you! :-)

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