I believe I mentioned in one of my Ottawa posts that I tend to take photos of weird things on vacation... and yes, that includes signs! Signs and storefronts are so interesting, and one thing I loed about the old town and the old port in particular, is how fond they are of hanging sings like these for businesses and especially restaurants! I just think it has such old world charm, and love the bold graphics, often with high contrast and bright colours or metallics used to catch your eye.
I love the pig sign!! It reminds me of the movie Delicatessen, my favourite film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeaunet. You may find his name familliar, as he also directed cult hit Amelie, also known as the most charming love story ever. Until you see Delicatessen, that is. You could probably make that argument for just about any of his movies, but the post-apocalyptic setting of this love story is pretty unique. It takes place at a post-apocalyptic butcher shop with upstairs apartments for rent. It deals with cannibalism and yet, it's really funny. This is why Jean-Pierre Jeunet is one of my favourite contemporary filmmakers.
One of the things Ephraim and I were s amused with was the different signage for fast food restaurants, most notably McDonalds. I guess due to signage bylaws, McDonalds has to have a deep green and low-lustre brass painted sign. It almost looked classy. Almost. I didn't get a photo because I felt super weird about photographing people eating their burgers, and they were on busy streets!
Have you ever traveled somewhere that familiar things were just a little bit different like that?