Today's Wonder of the World is...Terribly Tacky Tourist Traps!
Flickr photo by Melodist
Can you say that five times fast? (Gotta love a tongue twister!)
Try it now before I plunge us into the bizarro world that is South of the Border. The kitsch overload just might leave you speechless!
Do you like the tacky? Or does it make you break out in hives?
I LOVE tacky from afar. Not so much up close.
Please, my friends, I beg you. Share your tackiest tourist traps with me. I'll show you mine if you show me yours!
Long, long ago my parents took me and my brother on a car trip to Florida. We headed south on I-95 and before long we started seeing billboards.
Ticky tacky billboards like this, but less politically correct.
Flickr photos by tom.arthur
Yes, I know they're still not PC, but believe me, they used to be worse. And there used to be more of them. Like every other mile.
I remember one of them said, "Keep yelling kids. They'll stop."
So of course Steve and I kept yelling. We had to know. What was this wonderland called South of the Border? And what sort of genius made up slogans like "You never sausage a place!" and "You're always a wiener at Pedro's!"?
Flickr photo by obethwan
We crossed the border into South Carolina and then we saw it! There on the horizon, the big sombrero in the sky!
Flickr photo by tom.arthur
My father refused to stop. Can you believe that?
See, it even stunned the C-SPAN crew during last year's election.
Who wouldn't be impressed with our own tacky version of the Tour Eiffel?
(Blurry Photo by me)
If nothing else, you can at least visit Pedro's bathroom.
Flickr photo JuanJ
Who knows who you might see there.
Maybe the future chairman of the United States Federal Reserve Board!
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It's true! Ben Bernanke worked at South of the Border during his summers home from college. I wonder if he wore a poncho.
If you go, be sure to ride the Ferris wheel...
Flickr photo by jakilevy
and tell me why it's named that.
There are several fine dining establishments to try.
Flickr photo by lovesitsinthelobby
And plenty of tacky junk to buy.
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Rest assured they've got velvet paintings too.
And plenty of fireworks, as if I need to tell you that. It's South Carolina. We LOVE explosives!
Flickr photo by Cary Scott Photography
If you have an urge to pose on a cement giraffe, Pedro's got one of those too.
Flickr photo by lis_glass
Oh Pedro. You're tackiness astounds me.
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So share, people! What tops the tacky-meter near you?
Who wins the Tackiest of Them All?
Like Napoleon, I vote for Pedro!
Have a wonder-full Friday and a super weekend!