Travel theme: Gaudy

Ailsa’s travel theme this week is Gaudy. This theme was written for Sandgrown’uns like me. ‘What’s a sandgrown’un?’ I hear you ask. It means ‘born of the sand’, and is the term used to describe people from Blackpool. Blackpool is the Las Vegas of Britain, and the UK home of everything tacky and tasteless. Local landmarks include a scaled down version of the Eiffel Tower, which has at times been painted gold and used as a giant advertising billboard, a huge Wagon Wheel on one of the piers and a bright red and blue roller coaster. Not forgetting the annual illuminations and the traditional trams covered in hundreds of colourful bulbs. Unfortunately I don’t have any photos of Blackpool all lit up at night, but here’s what I do have.

Our wonderful tower, in it’s regular red colour.
The Wagon Wheel. The view from the top is the best in Blackpool, and during happy hour is much cheaper than the tower.

Out of all the wierd and wonderful things we have in Blackpool, I think my favourite is the big fibreglass dinosaur on top of one of the arcades. I love the dinosaur for it’s randomness – none of the buildings in the area have a dinosaur theme. Again, unfortunately I don’t have a photo of the dinosaur. I’ll try and get one next time I’m home.

The dictionary definition of gaudy is ‘showy in a tasteless way’. The word gaudy is often used in a negative way, but because of my hometown I love gaudy. I agree with Ailsa in that Las Vegas is the perfect example of gaudy, but whilst on the way to Vegas I travelled through another area of America that isn’t afraid to make a show if itself. Old Route 66 is one of the coolest, most out there places I have visited. Here are a few of my photos from the brief few hours I had there:


I also took this last photo whilst on Route 66, at the Snowcap Cafe. I took the photo for my godson. When he was younger, every time we ate out at a restaurant he would ask for smily faces. I promised him that one day I would find him a restaurant that served smily faces. Guess what they serve at the Snowcap:


The person whose dinner this was looked at me strangely when I asked if I could take a photo of their food, though!

This is my contribution to Ailsa’s travel theme: Gaudy. Click here to see more entries.


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