Travel Theme: Big

Cleaning out some files on my computer, I stumble on photos with a recurring theme: BIG. So without further a-do, here we go.

America, represent! A giant NASA astronaut and a giant fluffball during SXSW in Austin, Texas, USA.



You know what they say about Texas – everything is big there. But do they blow things out of proportion like these giant teddy bears in Hong Kong, China?



Big shoes –err, clogs– in Holland. Edam, Netherlands.



I mean really, really big shoes. I think I might have been trying to surf in this thing. Amsterdam, Netherlands.



As with everything else they do, Germans don’t mess around. Even outside of Oktoberfest, the steins at Bavarian Bierhauses are massive! Munich, Germany.



Not to be outdone, the Italians might serve you straight out of a pitcher. With some really, really, really long straws. Florence, Italy.



Over the years, it seems the Italians have not lost their fascination for large items. Rome, Italy.



Yup, still Italian. Check out tall, wide, oversized costumes and giant figures at the Carnevale di Viareggio in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy. Go big or go home, right?



As if that wasn’t enough, even the Swiss guards you see at The Vatican show some big…puff. Do you think MC Hammer’s pants were inspired by these uniforms? Vatican City, Rome, Italy.



And in England. Well. Forget the uniforms. Beefeaters (officially known as the “Yeomen Warders of Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress the Tower of London”) are just plain ol’ big.



I’m standing on a big concrete block and still competing for size. I suppose if you’re a warden at the Tower of London, size does matter. Do you think he could help me pick some oversized flowers? Check out these Tulips at The Broad in Los Angeles, CA, USA.



Is bigger really better? These giant lollipops in a giant candy store seem to think so. Chicago, Illinois, USA.



Since we’re talking sweet tooth, I prefer big shops of handmade chocolates. Nice, France.



Oh look, we’re back to something large and Italian (surprise!) – a hunking tub of Nutella. Quadruple the happiness, quadruple the love. Trentino Alto Adige, Italy.



How many giant Nutella jars could I fit in a large suitcase? Might have to pay excess baggage fees though…. Atlanta, Georgia, USA.



Does size shift your perspective? What other BIG finds have you seen? Can’t wait to hear about them!