Friday, June 1, 2012

Addicted to Route 66 (Weekend Reflections # 140)

Williams, Arizona (Route 66)

There is a lot of history and interesting things to see on Route 66. I'm sure it has changed quite a bit from its glory days, but I have a good imagination, so I was able to go back in time and really enjoy the ride.
I took this photo in Williams, Arizona. I was surprised by the amount of French tourists. I finally spoke to one of them. He was from Paris and he told me that Route 66 is "mythique" to the French. Thankfully, most of the conversation was in English because my French is very limited. :0)

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49 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Ah, Route 66! Well known everywhere I think!! I do love your reflection for the day, James!! Thanks as always for the Friday fun!! Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Antonette said...

Love the neon sign!

TexWisGirl said...

great job on the sign shot. who knew route 66 would enamor the french?

Malyss said...
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Malyss said...

You're a macadam cowboy! :o)
(your french teacher let me know that your french is not so limited...Ü)
Ask Eddy Mitchell and Johnny Halliday what they think about Road 66...

Lúcia said...

I'v heard about Route 66 since I was a kid (a long time ago), it's quite famous around here too.
Have a good weekend James! ;-)

Liz said...

I'm an Aussie and I've heard of Route 66 but Aussie's holiday in the US all the time and our countries have a good relationship(it's possibly got some fame via the movies too). I'm surprised about the French knowing though!
Great reflection and thanks for hosting.

Francesco Miranda said...

Route 66 was worldwide famous...

And after the Pixar movie Cars, I think that doesn't exist a person who had never heard about it.

:-P

Martha Z said...

Your story reminds me of an experience I had hiking down into the Grand Canyon. There were so many Germans and French on the trail that someone came up to me and asked if I spoke English! Americans are a minority on the trail in many of our National Parks.

Clytie said...

Love the Route 66 neon and reflection - Route 66 really is legend! I hear it went out of fashion for a time, but is slowly becoming popular again.

Luis Gomez said...

I can't tell you how cool I think this one is James!~ Great shot!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

The sign is oh so fitting for Rt 66!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful iconic picture of Route 66!

And interesting about it being 'mythique' to the French people; hope they weren't disappointed to find it changed.

Not sure why my picture didn't show up in the the thumbnail -- there is one with a reflection, honest!

Halcyon said...

A funny sign! Looks even better in double. :)

Susan said...

Perhaps "mythique" is all the French a guy needs to know! : )
Love this neon light reflection...kind of like graffiti in the dark. Great shot my friend.

Tina´s PicStory said...

great shot! :)

Misty Dawn said...

Awesome reflection! My boss did that drive and really enjoyed it.

joo said...

Great reflection!

Alexa said...

This is SO cool, James! Hey, who remembers the TV show with Martin Milner and George Maharis and that Corvette?

Gemma Wiseman said...

Love this double edged night view of the iconic journey! Fascinating sense of colourful "busyness"!

Ms. Becky said...

Hi James
it's been awhile too long but i wanted to join in this week because it tickled my fancy and so too does your reflection. now have a fun weekend.

Francesca Muir said...

Just joined you and what a great reflection to join! Reminds me of lunch at Santa Monica Pier last year - sitting under the end of Route 66 sign. Have a great weekend.

Amy Burzese said...

Route 66 in Arizona is a great vacation. Too bad so much is now gone on that great American highway.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

The Mother Road is mythique to most of us. It's always a thrill to get to ride the old road. I think it reminds us of unfettered youth, when anything seemed possible and the open road was a siren call.

namaki said...

This is a mythical reflection ! Route 66 !!!

Judy @ daily yarns said...

Great sign! I would love to drive Route 66 the whole way, it's on my bucket list.

Pat said...

Route 66 went right through the 2 towns where I grew up, San Bernardino and Rialto. To me, it was just a busy downtown street...I didn't know how famous that song would make it. Great reflection of the sign at night!

Bibi said...

James, I absolutely LOVE this.

Ann said...

my husband had a route 66 Tee, everyone asked if he got it there.

Nadege, said...

Great sign.

Carole M. said...

great reflections and night photography

Jim said...

This is terrific.

Gine said...

Haut en couleur, à l'image de l'idée que l'on se fait du voyage !

Catherine said...

Great neon symmetry...

Catherine said...

Great neon symmetry...

Cezar and Léia said...

When you put together legend + imagination good things come up! :)
God bless you!
Cezar

Linda said...

That is on my bucket list! Great photo!

NixBlog said...

Great shot, James.

Thanks for hosting.

Dina said...

You got a real mirror image.

Yes, Rt. 66 seems to be famous all over the world.

Francisca said...

I think Kerouac, Ginsberg and the Beatnics were well-known in Paris from the 60s onwards... Route 66 is probably ore iconic than mythical, but whatever... Great the French are still visiting the USA; Americans have not always been kind to them (remembeer when they wanted to rename French Fries?) LOL! Fun reflection shot, James!

[Re your cockroach story, it amuses me how many Filipinos are scared of them, considering they are very much part of the everyday landscape here! And yup, they are big! I especially am not fond of the ones that fly!]

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Route 66 was just a part of the roadmap of our country, or that was what I thought when I was a kid. Who knew is was iconic?!

Great shot, mon ami!

Bises,
Genie

Loredana Donovan said...

Route 66 is definitely iconic. Great reflection!

Judy SheldonWalker said...

There is Route 66 clothing brand carried by Targets (I believe). Your reflection is great.

Dominic Doherty said...

Route 66 is awesome. The speed limit of 30 miles is a bit ridiculous however... It's funny you should mention the French tourists though because I spoke to a photographer from Paris Match who was shooting fashion out there in the desert. She said driving along the route was an adventure, and she said that in the cutest French accent one can imagine. :-)

Stickup Artist said...

You know I love it! Great sign. Love the lit up neon in the night.

I would love to take another crack at Route 66 cross country. The only time I did that drive was before I was into photography and before I had my first camera. I once met an Italian couple that did the whole journey together, both on one Vespa!

Happy Trails...

kaye said...

Love the Neon in the black night sky.

Amish Stories said...

I really like the Route 66 TV show, and I'm a big fan of neon signs like the one in this post! Richard

imac said...

Beautiful photo James., I would love to travel on route 66.

Pat Tillett said...

Very nice photo! I wish I was in to photography when I was young. I spent a lot of time on route 66 with my grandparents. It has changed so much since then!