Do Not feed the Pigeons

House of Hung Jewelers - Sngapore | ©Tom Palladio Images

Sara, of HQ WordPress, takes the lead this time around with grammar and spell check in mind for the latest Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says.

For those of us who have traveled abroad, we’ve all come across a sign or two that have made us stop dead in our tracks. Take a gander at the signage I came across out front of a jewelry store in Singapore. Talk about LOST IN TRANSLATION. LOL!

Okay. Back to the here and now.

Living smack-dab in the middle of the Centro Storico (Historic Center) district of Vicenza, it’s a lot easier for me to get around on foot vice driving a car. From my vantage point, I can take in all the signage — read it word-for-word — that seems to occupy every nook and cranny without worrying about being sideswiped or rear-ended.


Street repair signage - Vicenza, Italy | ©Tom Palladio ImagesStreets are narrow, mostly one-way, sometimes pedestrian-only, and those that do allow cars, trucks, buses and Vespas are always congested during the morning and evening rush hours in and out of town.

Add to that, parking is always a problem in beautiful downtown Vicenza, and you never know when you’ll run into a deviation due to a work crew up ahead.

A quick stroll around town this morning, checking out what all the signs had to say, was like sensory overload.

Street signs - Vicenza, Italy | ©Tom Palladio ImagesEverywhere I looked there were symbols and block letters staring back at me demanding my attention: TURN RIGHT. TURN LEFT. DO NOT ENTER. YIELD. DO NOT PARK. DO NOT BREATH (I made that one up). TOWING ZONE. BICYCLES ONLY. TICKETS. MOVIE TIMES. GET A PEDICURE. STRAIGHT AHEAD. SLOW DOWN. DRINK THIS. EAT THAT. RENT HERE. BUY THERE. GAMBLE.

Why, I was even told by the city: DO NOT FEED THE PIGEONS.

Hey, it’s a real zoo out there and the signage is taking over. Don’t believe me? Take a look.

©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Palladio Images

The Palladian Traveler's Borsalino over cobblestone | ©Tom Palladio Images


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Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


  1. The jeweler’s sign was quite good, but you’ve one-upped us all with your sign video. I enjoyed it although by the end, I was ready to throw something at the music maker. 🙂



  2. 😆 I’ve heard you had mentioned me here so I had to come ;). You have also answered my dilemma about parking in Vicenza. Thanks for a laugh, Tom :).


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