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Signs of Life: Part 13

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From time to time during my travels, I come across signs that I find interesting for one reason or another. Sometimes, they contain clever writing, are humorous, or remind me of some place or event. Here are some from a trip to Croatia.


To say that Zagreb, Croatia's capital, has a lot of museums and cultural places, would be an understatement.


A club in Zagreb.


A shoe shop in Zagreb.


A clever cross-stitch pattern sign.


The Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb, was a highlight of my visit.

It "grew from a traveling exhibition revolving around the concept of failed relationships and their ruins." The exhibits were all articles that people had donated, along with their stories of relationships that went sour or ended in death. There were the usual teenage- and adult-breakup stories. One woman had become a dominatrix, and while disciplining a new male client, realized he was an old boyfriend. He begged her to give him one of her stiletto-heeled shoes. She did, and eventually donated the other one to the museum. Another man's girlfriend had run off with another guy, so the man got an axe and chopped up her furniture, one piece per day. He donated the axe. Another woman donated the suicide note her mother had left her.


How to win friends; NOT!


According to Wikipedia, a boudoir "is a woman's private sitting room or salon in a furnished accommodation usually between the dining room and the bedroom, but can also refer to a woman's private bedroom."

Just what this shop was selling was a mystery to me.


A souvenir shop next to the Bloody Bridge in Zagreb.

What caught my eye was the use of the word bloody, which in Australian English is often used to mean very.


A sundial.

So, just what time is it? I'd say, "It's time to replaster the wall!"


Short and to the point!


Yeah, right!

BTW, I've heard it said that if you don't clean your house for two years, it doesn't get any worse after that! I'll let you know if that's true.


OK, it's a clock; so what? On closer inspection, we can see that it's a 24-hour clock; however, both halves go from 1–12 rather than a continuous 1–24.

Click here to read more about 24-hour clock faces.


At a quick glance, the cat and mouse appear to best friends, but on closer inspection, I think we can see the beginnings of a strangle hold followed by lunch!


An interesting take on the name of adventurer Marco Polo.

This is the Zagreb branch of an international chain of fashion stores.


Fast food, Italian style.


In Pula, I went to the neighborhood supermarket to get supplies, and along the way stopped to listen to a violin concert by a 6-year-old girl called Anna. I chatted with her mother who was standing across the street. Anna practiced an hour each day and was quite professional in her approach. Passersby all clapped and put money in her violin case. I did too and added a piece of candy as well.