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This is a random collection of fun things from my European tour that I haven't already mentioned.

This semi caught my eye on the way to Florence. Truck drivers in many European countries are not allowed to drive on Sundays or holidays (or even the whole weekend). They just have to stop and park until the ban is off. This driver apparently ran out of clean clothes.

Laundry truck

McDonald's and Burger King are all over Europe, but the menus are modified to fit the local tastes. I'm still not sure if this breakfast sandwich in Innsbruck looks good, or like something covered in bugs. Note how the menu is partially in English. We saw that a lot, whether the English made sense or not.

Good morning, Innsbruck

Mmm, nothing says pizza like an American gangster.

Pizza speakeasy in Innsbruck

No refrigerator for your kiosk? No problem. Just stream cold water over the drinks all day long. Seems wasteful, but I can't decide if I want the water to be recycled or not.

Water cooler

This shop window cracked me up. “Um, excuse me. Where's the door?”

How do I get in?

Want an easy, memorable web address? Try this one.

Anyone have a pen?

The cars in Europe were noticably different. Until we reached England, they were mostly small hatchbacks or station wagons, and even the American makes were usually models we don't have in the US. My youngest dubbed this Fiat Panda the “fat panda”.

Fat Panda

Saw this in an antique/junk store window in Lucerne.

I'm going kuckuck

This poor person was on the third floor of a building in Lucerne that must have had a tight staircase and no elevator.

I hope this wasn't an emergency

The EMT might want to check the patient's blood pressure...

And finally, even on a trip to Europe, we couldn't escape the Bella, Edward, Jacob love triangle.

Are they sexier in German?

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  1. Reply

    Good stuff here, you are showing off your comedy chops, well done. I like that you’re making fun of the person heading to the hospital, or already dead. Big points for that. Also, nice that you are showing European licenses tags, I’m sure they would be pleased. Nice McDonald’s sign: Das Neue Fruhstuck. I think translated it means, come try the new f**kstick. I could be wrong.


      • Tony


        Translation on Google –

        Frühstück Frühstück nt , -s, -e breakfast
        (=Frühstückspause) morning or coffee break
        zweites Frühstück ~elevenses (Brit) inf , midmorning snack
        um 9 Uhr ist Frühstück breakfast is at 9 o’clock
        was isst du zum Frühstück? what do you have for breakfast?
        die ganze Familie saß beim Frühstück the whole family were having breakfast

        But thinks he might like Rick’s version better!!

        • Reply

          Thanks, Tony. Yeah, Frühstück is breakfast. The sign says “The new breakfast. From May 3 at McDonald’s. Starting at 1 €.”

          I agree, Rich’s translation is more fun, though. 😉

  2. Dunx


    I liked the laundry truck and the water-cooled drinks – funny stuff. And Fiat has always just been Fiat to me, so I really liked the “fat panda”.

    I’m pretty sure the gangster is an allusion to Chicago pizza, but it could just be a general Italianate reference too.

    Thanks for the holiday snaps!

    • Reply

      Glad you enjoyed my photos. You’re probably right about the Chicago reference. Fat Panda is one of my favorites too. Leave it to the kids…

  3. Reply

    I am like Rich I loved how they picked up the guy from the window lol lol… I guess it is sad we shouldn’t be laughing lolol.
    Nice pictures and thanks for sharing Gwen, I am enjoying very much all your pictures! Love it!

  4. Christine


    Having traveled in Europe I relate to the license plates and I have seen pianos go through the windows in townhouses, but people? Not so much. Great blog… and aren’t the trucks so cool looking?

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