Wednesday, January 30, 2008


sgp 2008 16, originally uploaded by gugs.

The image quality is terrible (I shot this from a taxi, and we were moving fast...) I really wonder what this is all about. Umbrella mandatory ? A place where you can find an umbrella ?

Anybody an idea ?

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Singapore Clamp

sgp 2008 10, originally uploaded by gugs.

this is self-explanatory. The fine (release fee) is very reasonable looking at the typical fines in Singapore ($1000 and up). Those are Sing Dollars, approximately half a Euro.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

German dustbin

Aachen 09, originally uploaded by gugs.

This is a way to indicate a dustbin in Germany (in Aachen)


DSCN2121, originally uploaded by gugs.

an interesting combination... you can go to the rest room and to the bicycle parking lot (the parking lot is guarded). This is something you'll probably only find in the Netherlands, very popular for the bicycles.

Thursday, January 10, 2008


DSCN2130, originally uploaded by gugs.

This is a sign you'll find in the Netherlands to announce a radar (with camera) installed close to traffic lights. The funny thing here is that the camera symbol is an old reflex camera (looks like a Nikon F type) which was already obsolete for a long time when that radar has been installed.

No dogs no trolleys

DSCN2119, originally uploaded by gugs.

seen in a railway station. Self-explanatory. But the dog has a strange look. I have never seen a dog like that.


DSCN2117, originally uploaded by gugs.

A very serious one. This is used in the Netherlands for instance in railway stations to indicate the location of a defibrillator. This can save lives in case of a cardiac arrest. The symbol of the heart is clear enough.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

No smoking, no gum

Signs 10, originally uploaded by gugs.

seen in a movie theater in Belgium. Self-explanatory.

Toilet 2

Signs 04, originally uploaded by gugs.

Also see the previous post (hereunder). Seen in the same location. An explanation for non-French people. This type of toilet is just a hole with two places for the feet. You need to be half-standing to use this. Only used in France and considered completely archaic for like 50 years... still they have installed one brand new one in that building along the highway. This is something I really cannot understand. This could be a unique sign in the world...


Signs 03, originally uploaded by gugs.

Very interesting one. Found on the highway from Paris to Brussels. They identify the toilets with that sticker on the door. First and only time in my life I have seen this... this should be compared with the similar sticker found in the next post above.


Signs 02, originally uploaded by gugs.

Several steps instructions in case of evacuation in a French building (provided you have the time to read this or even to look at it).
1) keep calm when hearing the signal
2) follow instructions of the teams
3) go to the nearest exit
4) don't come back
5) don't use elevators
6) go to the meeting points

up to you to decide if you find the pictograms clear enough...

Don't clean

Signs 05, originally uploaded by gugs.

Don't use high pressure cleaning... in fact looking at the vehicle on which this sticker was applied, they seem to never clean it in any way :D

Surveillance camera

Signs 07, originally uploaded by gugs.

another funny one... the sign is there to warn you that there is a camera, just in case...

Hotel phone

Signs 12, originally uploaded by gugs.

An interesting pictogram on the left. The reception is being identified by two persons on each side of a desk, and a key... in this hotel, they never used keys for at least the last 15 years...

Loot removed

Signs 13, originally uploaded by gugs.

this sign can be found around parking lots in the Netherlands. I always found funny, that next to locking the doors, according to the pictogram, you are supposed to remove your reflex camera :-) !!!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

One way - lights

Panneau phares, originally uploaded by gugs.

This picture has been shot in Namur, Belgium and proposed by Fran├žois Mertens, a fellow photographer from the Nikonpassion site. The sign says: "Switch on your headlights". This is amazing because 1) it is forbidden to enter the tunnel (one way road) and 2) the tunnel has been closed for the last 10 years.