So let's start, shall we?
1. A sign welcoming people to your home town
Well, this was the first item I had to substitute, because our town doesn't seem to be very welcoming. What a pity. I have a kite instead - we flew this kite a couple weeks ago on one of our local beaches when friends from Colorado came to visit.
2. A garden gnome
These garden gnomes live in a shop window at the Marché aux Fleurs on the Île de la Cité in Paris.
3. Birds on a wire
When I woke up in our farmhouse bed and breakfast in the Cotswolds I saw these birds sitting on the wire. I have no idea what kind of birds these are, but perhaps some reader from England can help me out?
4. A group of tourists
That was easy! I just had to choose. I decided to feature these tourists in front of Buckingham Palace. Perhaps they hoped to see the Queen - the flag on top of the palace told us she was home. (Perhaps they were hoping for Kate, William and George who do not live here.)
5. A rack of post cards
Again, I could choose. I loved this rack in rainy Edinburgh.
6. An urban street scene
I loved the buses in Edinburgh. Let's rephrase that - I love public transportation.
7. A rural landscape
Is there anything better than the Cotswolds?
8. A tattoo on a person
I took a picture of this guy and his girlfriend/wife while fastening a lovelock on Pont de l'Archevêché in Paris. Only when I looked at the photos at home did I realize that he has this big tattoo on his arm.
9. A bakery
Cornish pasties are very popular, and I was happy to find a Cornish bakery up in York - quite a way from Cornwall!
10. A photo bomb
Oh my! That is something you can hardly plan for. However, I have a teenage daughter who loves to play photo bomb! And usually when I least expect it (which, I guess, is the point). Kaefer thought it very funny that she jumped right in front of my camera when I wanted to take a picture of Stanway House in the Cotswolds in the beautiful evening light.
11. A horn
York is the place to go for finding horns! When I first read the list I thought that this certainly would be an item I had to substitute, but I found it on our third day in Britain!
12. A mascot
No problem during World Cup in Europe - this one is the mascot of the Dutch national team. Of course it's an orange lion.
13. A sunrise
Didn't happen!!! So I have to substitute it with a bird house - just like the garden gnomes I found these ones at the Marché aux Fleurs in Paris.
14. A parade
Now, this was tricky. I actually didn't see any parade. I witnessed a demonstration in Paris, but does that count? So I had to get creative. Here's the poster for the upcoming Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Edinburgh Castle, an annual summer event. I had seen it back in 1988, and it was certainly a lot of fun and a great atmosphere!
15. A juggler
Again, this wasn't easy at all. Instead of a real juggler I took a picture of this guy "juggling" a ball under three pots, changing it all the time. Someone then has to say where the ball is - you have no chance to pick the right one. These guys want to get your money - and they do if someone is stupid enough to "play". You always find them in touristy areas like the Eiffel Tower.
16. A sign in a language other than English
This sign was in front of a café in Hameln, Germany, telling the customers about the rooms in their very old building. The sign is made from wood and the text is burned into the wood.
17. A lamp post
Aren't these ones just wonderful? They are in front of the Louvre in Paris.
18. A water fall
We didn't see any waterfalls during our trip, so I opted for this fountain in Trafalgar Square in London. The water is falling quite nicely.
19. A public garden
This is the Ernest Wilson Memorial Garden in Chipping Campden in the Cotswold. Wilson was a plant collector - a very fitting memorial for him.
20. A bus with a picture painted on its sides
Voilà - sightseeing bus in Edinburgh. Later I saw similar ones in York and London, and even in Paris.
21. A photograph of you with something representing the season
Those are always the most difficult-to-get photos. But here is one, taken by the Geek. Representing the season: I'm wearing a dress, sandals and I'm sitting in front of a fountain in Paris. Yeah, summer!
So here we are - 21 items in almost as many days! It was a lot of fun working on my list - yes, I always carried it with me. Thank you, Rinda, for another great photography scavenger hunt. I hope there will be one next summer!