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Apr 11 2014

Travel Photo Roulette #77: Quirky

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who took part.  You can view the results here.

If you’ve been reading my blog, which I’m sure you have :), you will have seen that one of my Foto Friday’s mentioned a competition I had entered and the photo I used.

Well, it was for Travel Photo Roulette, which was hosted by Berkeley and Beyond.  Carole Terwilliger Meyers from Travels with Carole very kindly selected mine as the winning entry for ‘Umbrellas’.  I honestly didn’t think I would win, but I did.  So, I am hosting the next round of the Travel Photo Roulette.

So, on to my chosen theme for the next round of the Travel Photo Roulette.  I have chosen the theme … (drum roll)… wait for it…’Quirky’.

OK, so I probably ought to explain why I chose it.  Well, the photo that won was a quirky one – umbrellas suspended in a street in Belgrade. I’ve seen a few quirky things on my travels and I love quirkiness; things that are so odd they make me smile. The object doesn’t have to be odd because umbrellas aren’t odd. What is odd and makes them quirky is the unusual use. So, that’s my reason for choosing this theme.

This round will run for 7 days from Friday, 11th to Friday, 18th April 2014. For those new to the concept, Travel Photo Roulette is a rotating contest with participation open to travel and photography bloggers.
If you don’t have a blog, I’d still love to hear from you.  You can say which is your favourite entry by leaving a comment below.

Contest Overview

The contest rotates through travel/photography blogs, so the winner of the previous round of Travel Photo Roulette hosts the subsequent round on their own blog. The new host then chooses the next theme (a generic keyword or phrase) and people submit their interpretations of the theme over the course of the week of the contest.

At the end of the week, the hosting blogger, which is me for this week, chooses their favourite photo from the submissions and displays it as the week’s winning entry. They then include direction to the new host for the next round.


  • One submission per blog, so sites that have 2+ authors only get one entry.
  • Post processing is permitted, but photo altering (ie. using Photoshop) is not.
  • Abstract submissions welcomed as long as it fits within the interpretation of the chosen phrase. Remember, the hosting blogger chooses the winner, so if they cannot understand the submission, you might not win!
  • Please try and keep your images medium-sized and web-optimized (around 800px).
  • If you win, keep these in mind when choosing a new theme:
  • Keep phrases general so that all bloggers can participate. Specific items like “Eiffel Tower” should be avoided but rather made open-ended like “monuments.” For variety, it is okay to say focused things such as “monuments at night” which most of us have pictures of. Phrases can be generic ‘signs’, or abstract ‘religion’.
  • Abstract thoughts are appreciated, but keep it within the realm that all readers will understand. No “Kafka-esque”, or “Overlooking Creation”. Use something that is able to be interpreted by all.
  • After 1 year, phrases can be reused, however new photos must be submitted.
  • No obscene pictures or phrases allowed. Suggestive phrases and photography can be accepted, but please keep it within reason.
  • Keep the ideas and photos fresh!
  • Pictures from your entire portfolio are fair to submit. You do not have to take the photo within the week of the contest period to submit it.
  • Most importantly, all photographs must be your own.
  • One last rule, since this is a competition for travel and photography bloggers, you must have a travel/photography blog to enter. Sorry!

How to Enter

Travel Photo Roulette #77: Quirky

To enter in the Travel Photo Roulette competition, you can either leave a comment below with a link to the image (whether Flickr, Picasa or your own site) so it can be uploaded to this post or send your submission to Please include a brief description of the photo.

You can check here throughout the week to see all the entries as they come in and feel free to comment on them. The contest runs for 7 days from today, with the submission dates being April 11th to April 18th (Friday to Friday). The winner will be announced a few days after the deadline, and they will host round #78.

Previous Winners

This is a list of all the previous winners and themes.  Click the host’s link to go directly to that entry to see some fab photographs.

1. Nov 2010 Living the Dream Animals
2. Nov 2010 Skinny Backpacker Road Signs
3. Nov 2010 Dream a Little Dream Street Art
4. Dec 2010 Flashpacker HQ Festival
5. Dec 2010 Over Yonderlust Landmarks
6. Dec 2010 Don’t Ever Look Back Beaches
7. Jan 2011 ThePlanetD Portraits
8. Jan 2011 Travel with a Mate Motion
9. Jan 2011 Johnny Vagabond Water
10. Feb 2011 Ken Kaminesky Urban
11. Feb 2011 Travels of Adam Friday Night
12. Mar 2011 Itchy Feet Chronicles The Journey
13. Mar 2011 Brendan’s Adventures Changing Seasons
14. Apr 2011 Shutterfeet Storytelling
15. Apr 2011 10 Times One Piousness
16. Apr 2011 Beached Eskimo Learning
17. May 2011 Travel Junkies Architecture
18. Jun 2011 Destination World Transportation
19. Jun 2011 Living the Dream Paradise
20. Jun 2011 Vagabond Quest Clothes
21. Jul 2011 The Unframed World Symmetry
22. Jul 2011 Beached Eskimo Home
23. Jul 2011 BackPackerBanter Inspiration
24. Aug 2011 WanderingTrader Darkness
25. Aug 2011 Finding the Universe Tranquillity
26. Sep 2011 Fearful Adventurer Food
27. Sep 2011 Adventures of a GoodMan City
28. Oct 2011 Reflections
29. Oct 2011 Scene With A Hart Framing
30. Nov 2011 Vagabond Quest Silhouettes
31. Nov 2011 Hecktic Travels Music
32. Dec 2011 Globetrotter Girls Love
33. Dec 2011 Man on the lam Humor
34. Jan 2012 My Walkabout Winter
35. Jan 2012 The Art of Slow Travel Blue
36. Feb 2012 Ten times One Depth of the Field
38. Mar 2012 Nomadbiba Sunshine
39. Mar 2012 Travel With Kat Local Character
40. Apr 2012 The Travel Bunny Street Scene
41. Apr 2012 Adventure Crow Spirit of the Country
42. May 2012 Food Travel Bliss Evening
43. May 2012 Matt Gibson Adventure
44. May 2012 Flashpacker HQ Once In A Lifetime
45. Jul 2012 Skinny Backpacker Surreal
46. Aug 2012 2away Smile
47. Aug 2012 Bridges and Balloons Excellent Splendour of the Universe
48. Sep 2012 The GypsyNester What the ?!
49. Oct 2012 Runaway Juno Sweet
50. Nov 2012 GQ Trippin Play
51. Nov 2012 Life’s Little Victories Friendship
52. Dec 2012 Breakaway Backpacker Face
53. Jan 2013 Fly, Icarus, Fly Serendipity
54. Feb 2013 Travel Transmissions Lost in Thought
55. Feb 2013 Wanderlusters The Natural World
56. Mar 2013 Travel Junkies Patterns
57. Apr 2013 Living the Dream Your First Time
58. May 2013 Getting Stamped The Sun Goes Down
59. Jun 2013 The GypsyNester Cheesy Tourist Diversions
60. Jun 2013 Boomeresque Revolution
61. Jul 2013 Breakaway Backpacker Colorful
62. Aug 2013 Around This World Mountains
63. Aug 2013 Passports and Pamplemousse Hands at Work
64. Sep 2013 TurtlesTravel Dance
65.Sep 2013 Keep calm and travel The Sea
66 Sep 2013 Travel Photo Discovery The Market
67. Oct 2013 Am I Nearly There Yet? Travel Fails
68. Oct 2013 The GypsyNester Weird Regional Foods
69. Nov 2013 Sophie’s World Trees
70. Nov 2013 SHOuTography Party
71. Dec 2013 Adventures of a Goodman Ruin
72. Dec 2013 Have Blog Will Travel Light
73. Jan, 2014 This World Rocks Crowds
74. Jan, 2014 Travel Past 50 Competition
75. Feb 2014 The Working Traveller Working
76. Mar 2014 Travels with Carole Umbrellas

77. Apr 2014 Independent Travel Help Quirky

This Week’s Submissions

Entry 1

We have gotten off to a great start with this first entry – a photo taken by Quit Job. Travel World when they were in Myanmar.  Taxi anyone?

Myanmar taxi

Entry 2

I’ve got another great one for you and this time it’s from Traveling With Sweeney.  She took this photo at Hotel Zaza, a luxury boutique hotel in Houston which has many artistic and unusual touches in its themed rooms and public areas. Just check out the celebs on the wall and that interesting one… bottom middle.  What is that all about?

Photos in hotel room

 Entry 3

I love this competition!  This entry comes from Have Blog. Will Travel.  While on a walking tour of Krakow, Poland, you would expect to see a man dressed in a beer costume buying a pretzel, wouldn’t you?  Well, they did!  It’s, as Calli said, ‘ Just another example of a picture that comes from a bit of luck and good timing.’  Oh, yes!

Man in beer suit buying a pretzel

Entry 4

I have Suzanne from Boomeresque to thank for this next entry.  While she was in Dingle in Ireland, she came across this, which I agree is a very effective, cheap, and environmentally-friendly way of letting people know they can’t park outside the house.


Entry 5

The next entry comes from Travels with Carole: ‘Buses can’t park in this spot in Granada, Spain, but nattily dressed donkeys can.  I felt sorry for him, though, because he could barely move and had to keep his head up.’  It saddens me too.  The rope is way too short.

A colourful donkey

Entry 6

Marysia from My Travel Affairs said that she loves quirky and takes a lot of pictures that fit with that theme.  This is one she took in the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Hmmm… interesting!

Pomp CentreEntry 7

This is a funny spin on the quirky theme by Living the Dream.  They couldn’t understand why the internet only found the planking fad popular in recent years because Easter Island has been doing it for years. They felt it was only fitting to do their first and last ever plank there.  I agree!

Big stone

Entry 8

Monkeys never cease to amaze me and this entry by The Crowded Planet is a prime example of that.  They took this photograph In Hampi, India, in front of a chai shop. He climbed down from a tree and sat on the motorbike eating his banana, checking his quiff in the rear view mirror. Margherita wondered if he was Peter Fonda’s understudy.  I was thinking James Dean myself.  He certainly is a cool dude!

Monkey on a motorbike

Entry 9

I somehow missed Papa Smurf when I was in Madrid, but The Barefoot Nomad‘s didn’t.  They spotted this daydreaming smurf while they were wandering around Puerto del Sol, enjoying the sunshine, tapas, and historic architecture.

Papa-Smurf-in-Plaza-del-Sol-MadridEntry 10

Nomad is Beautiful‘s entry is a clever bit of photography.  The photo was taken in Transylvania, Romania, while visiting a blacksmith. As Gianni said, ‘The boot of the man and the horse’s hoof standing close to each other create a quirky composition.’  It really looks like someone who is half horse, half human.

Horse and human legs

Entry 11

This entry came in at the last minute from Street Food World Tour.  I have never heard of, let alone seen, cat cafes.  As Hannah says, ‘ Cat cafes are quirky enough the way it is, but the one in Bangkok takes quirkiness to the next level with all their decor, including these large than life mounted cat heads. Strangely awesome.’  I’m not sure what I think; the jury’s out!



Entry 12

The final entry is a corker from Nonna’s Wanderings.  This event in San Francisco is held every December (hence, the Santa hats) in aid of the San Francisco Aids Foundation.  As Lisa says, ‘The parade was fun, quirky and at the same time with merit and obvious spunk!’  I know where I’m heading to in December! 🙂

San Fran comp2


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    • Leckie on 12/04/2014 at 05:34

    Here is our entry, this slightly quirky taxi in Myanmar.

  1. It certainly is quirky, Leckie. That’s just the sort of thing I was looking for. Thanks for taking part!


  2. Hi Teresa, I like spotting quirky things when I travel, too. Wasn’t expecting to find anything quirky in a Houston hotel, but I did. Here’s a look.

    Hotel Zaza, a luxury boutique hotel in Houston, has many artistic and unusual touches in its themed rooms and public areas. This wall of portraits struck me as particularly quirky. The celebrity portraits have a slightly disturbing similarity to the wild boar in the center. Not your typical hotel décor.

  3. That is fantastic, Cathy, thank you for adding it! I can see that this competition is going to get weirder and weirder which, in my view, is great.

    All the best!


    • Calli on 13/04/2014 at 01:14

    Congratulations on your win. Immediately upon reading your theme this photo came to mind…

    While on a walking tour of Krakow, Poland, I spotted this off to the side – a man dressed in a beer costume buying a pretzel. Even the owner must have wondered what was going on because he looked pretty confused. Just another example of a picture that comes from a bit of luck and good timing.

    Calli & Travis (Have Blog Will Travel)

  4. Thanks, Calli!

    That photo definitely fits the ‘quirky’ theme. It’s amazing how many funny, strange, and unexpected things you come across when you travel.

    Thanks for taking part!


  5. Congratulations, Teresa. I sent you an email, but I probably should have sent my quirky photo to you here. So, this is it:

    When we came upon this bolder on the street in front of this house in Dingle in southwest Ireland, it occurred to me that it was very effective “no parking” messaging.

  6. Thanks, Suzanne!

    Yep, I agree, that is a very effective, cheap, and environmentally-friendly way to get the message across. Thank you for your entry – it’s great!


  7. Sent you an email Girl!

  8. Great, thanks, Marysia.

    • Jeremy on 16/04/2014 at 10:03

    I’m not sure why the internet only found the planking fad popular in recent years, because Easter Island has been doing it for years. It seemed only fitting here to do our first ever, and last, plank.

    • Micki on 16/04/2014 at 17:35

    I love the photos so far!

    Here’s our submission.

    We were walking around Madrid’s centro, enjoying the sunshine the historic architecture (and some tapas, admittedly) when we ran across this smurf on a lunch break in Puerta del Sol.

  9. They are great, aren’t they? Thanks for taking part! I’m having so much fun with this competition.


    • on 17/04/2014 at 15:55

    Thanks for your entry and for resubmitting it.


    • Gianni on 18/04/2014 at 17:08

    Hello Teresa, congratulation for winning the previous roulette. This is our entry.

    The photo was taken in Transylvania, Romania, while visiting a blacksmith. The boot of the man and the horse’s hoof standing close to each other create a quirk composition.

  10. Thanks, Gianni. I’m glad you were able to take part.


    • Hannah on 19/04/2014 at 04:35


    Cat cafes are quirky enough the way it is, but the one in Bangkok takes quirkiness to the next level with all their decor, including these large than life mounted cat heads. Strangely awesome.

    I believe this may be a fit. Quirky but with merit and spunk.

    • on 19/04/2014 at 08:40

    Hi Lisa.

    I look forward to getting a photo I can upload to the site.


  12. Thanks for your entry, Hannah!

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