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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Signs, Signs #15



In January 2000 My husband and I went to Morocco for a week. It was his Christmas present to me, all booked, and ready to go, 2 weeks after Christmas. I love presents like that!
These pictures are scanned from the old APS films we had then, so the quality is not too good. But even then, long before I had even heard of blogging, I enjoyed photographing signs. 
The languages in Morocco are arabic, which I don't know at all, french, which I know enough of to kind of get by, and various tribal languages. Signs were mostly in arabic, and in some cases, also in french. 




We assumed this one meant "STOP"



I would love to know what this means, if anyone understands it!


We rented a car and drove into the Atlas mountains. On our way to the mountain pass Tizi n Test, we passed by this "restaurant". This was literally in the middle of nowhere, but Coca Cola was there, at least we understood that part :-)





Reaching the summit at altitude 2100 meters, this sign announced the restaurant "The beautiful view".  We saw beautiful views while driving up, but on top we drove into heavy fog, and didn't see a thing. 





This was the "restaurant":






"Road built by the Public Works Department in Morocco"
1926-1932

I loved Morocco and would love to go back!


Visit  Lesley for more Signs.





20 comments:

JM said...

I love this post! The Coca Cola sign shot is my favourite, it's fantastic!

toby said...

Morocco looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing these very unique shots with us!

EG Wow said...

How interesting to see Coca-Cola signs in Arabic. :) And thank goodness so many people worldwide agree that the red octagonal sign means stop. :)

Greyscale Territory said...

Love how that Cocsa Cola signed restaurant is almost a part of the mountain! An incredible, interesting series of photos!

Postcardy said...

I like the stop sign. It looks almost like a cute face.

Joy said...

Ah a restaurant that has everything, fruit, snacks, drinks and music. Fascinating series of photos, at least there was some French to give a few clues of what was happening.

ρομπερτ said...

Thank you for this nice journey towards a place never seen before. Please have a good Thursday.

daily athens

texwisgirl said...

These were great!!! Really enjoyed them and glad you pulled them from your photo albums!

Genie said...

Thanks for taking us on a mini trip to Morocco. Each of the pictures is so interesting. I think they scanned quite well. I would agree that the first sign just has to be a STOP sign.

ewok1993 said...

very fascinating signs. thanks for sharing.

Lesley said...

A friend of mine who travelled a lot used to collect Coca-Cola t-shirts in different scripts. He bought me one that I wore out, I love it so much. I think it was in Arabic.

Donnie said...

Those were great signs. I love to travel through the blog world.

VioletSky said...

I think the Arabic script is so beautiful, but I don't think I could ever get used to reading right to left! I most likely would have taken photos of the stop sign, too.

J Bar said...

Great finds.

Trisha said...

What great signs! I love how some of them were still obvious by the shape & color...even if I had NO IDEA what it said !! :)

Dinah said...

I cant understand a word too, but i will know coca cola from anywhere too ;-)

Lynette Killam said...

What a wonderful Christmas present...your husband is a real gem!
I so enjoyed these photos, particularly the graceful Arabic script. I would definitely like to visit Morocco one day...:)

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

Thanks for that interesting pictorial tour to an exotic place.

I really enjoyed the post and the photos.

Have a great day!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Interesting photos. What did we ever do without digital cameras. I like the cassette player at the restaurant.

Francisca said...

Hah... enjoyed this little tour through Morocco... I was conceived and spent some time there. My father was "pied noir" - Frenchman born and raised in Tangier.

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