Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Last weekend we turned our attention to Rio, where Germany defeated Argentina in the 20th World Cup final at the Maracana, one of the world’s most hallowed stadiums. Another hallowed stadium, the Estadio Centenario in Uruguay, was the venue for the very first World Cup final in 1930 - though the place looked a little on the shabby side as I passed it on a bus a few years ago.
Tiendas Montevideo, Montevideo
A certain Uruguayan is causing quite the stir at the World Cup, but by contrast, capital Montevideo is a refined and quietly elegant sort of place. This sign is for a big department store, if memory serves.
Stella, Rathmines, Dublin
Only ever went to the Stella three or four times, despite living in Rathmines for my first few years in Dublin. It was just as grotty as the signage was wonderful - those gorgeous letters and stars are gone now, I believe.
Tio Pepe, Puerta del Sol, Madrid
I’m still disappointed that Atletico couldn’t beat Real in last weekend’s Champions League. In the absence of such a fairytale triumph, this famous Tio Pepe sign in the heart of Madrid is probably my favourite thing about the city.
Rozario, Prijeko, Dubrovnik
An archetypal sign in the beautiful city of Dubrovnik - many of the hanging street lamps are adorned with the names of shops and restaurants, including this fantastic little “konoba" tucked away at the end of a strip of eateries.
Grand Canal Docks, Dublin
The most sparingly bombastic sign in Dublin - I’m sure there’s some fascinating historical reason for the existence of this large sign by the banks of the Liffey, but the wonderfully self-assured chutzpah of the metal lettering seems to justify itself.
Call Your Mother, Wohlers Park, Hamburg
Amid the typical St Pauli sprayed tags and scrawls is this little graffito imploring us, in delightfully juxtaposed typefaces, to call our mothers. A fitting sight on Mothering Sunday.
Cinema Europa Pantheon, Rue Victor Cousin, Paris
This apparently is the oldest cinema in Paris still operating. The facade has changed slightly since I took this photograph many years ago - the Europa has been dropped from the name, and it now no longer sports that “beam of light from the projector” effect painted on the front.