Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The License Plate Dictionary

When I was living in Germany, I spent a lot of time walking.  I mean, a lot.  For a whole year, I relied solely on public transportation and my own two feet.  It wasn't planned, but in retrospect, it allowed me to become familiar with the town, the culture and the people in a way that isn't possible unless you're moving at a pace slower than 4 mph.

I didn't have a car, but that didn't stop me looking at others' and I began to notice that a lot of German license plates spell out English words.  I soon developed a little game that made the miles fly by and, after a while, I took my point-and-shoot camera along.  Little by little, I put together my 'License Plate Dictionary' and even added entries from other countries, including Malta and Italy. Here are a few examples:

That's one provocative BMW

This Peugeot is even more forward! 

A boastful Audi

An unfortunate Ford

We had to go FAR for this one - all the way to Malta!
This is just a sampling of our collection - of course, I'm always eager to accept contributions from those of you living overseas. Happy hunting!

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