Saturday, March 1, 2008

Albuquerque's Neon at Dusk

US Route 66 is the main street in most of the towns it passes through, not the least of which is Albuquerque, New Mexico. We drove down Central Avenue at dusk, the perfect time to capture the neon and illuminated signs. Above, the Desert Sands, a motel we pointedly did not stay in, per our all-Marriott agenda, but a classic 1960's neon and fluorescent roadside enticement like this can't be ignored, nor should one overlook its Vegas-esque name and design. And it has Nice Clean Rooms.

The Flying Star Coffee shop had this space-age example jutting from its building to attract passers-by. I love the simple lines of neon above the twinkling lights of the Milky Way.

We stopped in here at Hookah Kings mainly so I could satisfy my curiousity that an entire retail operation could subsist on peddling a single type of product. And you know, they can.

Well, we didn't stop in here, but it wouldn't be the southwest United States without a tattoo parlor, now would it?

May 23, 2007 Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA)

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