Saturday, 25 February 2012

Bus Art in the British Virgin Islands!

It's Snapshot Saturday! This fun meme is sponsored by Alyce of At Home With Books!  Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don't post random photos that you find online.

Tourism is a big deal in the British Virgin Islands and many of the safari bus drivers who take cruise-ship tourists around on tours have their buses painted in whimsical designs. The buses are only used when cruise ships are in so I took these when I was out very early one morning for a walk near the pier. 

This is one of my favorites!

The driver's name is at the bottom.

This one is among the most colorful -

Sunflowers and Pooh, too!


The driver has had portraits of his parents and his own wedding day painted on the back.






21 comments:

  1. What a fun and colorful way to liven up the side of a bus! You can't help but smile :)

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  2. I love the individuality! It would be easy to pick your bus out!

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  3. These are fantastic!! Of course, the surf's up one is my fave! lol

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  4. That is so cute, I love the idea of painting the busses, they are so fun. Book Savvy Babe

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  5. Those are really cool. Do the tourists get to choose their tour bus?

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    1. No, it's first come, first served and the buses line up from about 6:30 to make sure they're ahead. Makes life a bit more equal for the more conservative-minded drivers!

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  6. They're all so neat! I want a VW painted like that with a picture of a lady reading a book at the beach.
    Here's My Photo

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  7. Those are great! I love people who are that daring with their vehicles -- so much fun to see around town.

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    1. Back in the 80s the young guys used to do this with their cars, too, but they stopped. Not quite sure why, might have made them hard to sell on or something.

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  8. I love the originality and uniqueness of those! I think the Surf's Up one would be my favorite too.

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  9. Wow, those are someting else. Would really like to see them live some day.

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    1. I hope you do too, Eva! I've been to several other islands and their drivers don't do this - or not quite like this anyway.

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  10. Very creative idea/post! I love the vibrancy you've captured in these photos.

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  11. Impressive!
    (I'm reading a book right now where there is a young girl named Eugenia - just had to share. Byatt's Angels and Insects? :)
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    1. Hi Care - I like A S Byatt. (Believe me all I share with that character is a name. I remember wondering what was up with the brother and then when the discovery came I was like, Yes!!! I knew it.) Ragnarok is on my TBR list.

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  12. That is pretty darn spectacular .....love it!

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  13. Wow, such colorful prints on buses.. thank u for stopping by my Saturday snapshot

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  14. These are spray painted by local artist and are also done on sister island Virgin Gorda But not all owners can offord the extravagant spray job, also in the USVI u will see this.
    i am currently as of may 2012 purchasing 3 new ford chassis to make my safari bus....trust me they will be blinged out, tourist will fight to get on Real VIP ride

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  15. Hi SafariBusOwner - thanks for stopping by. I haven't seen these over in the USVI but I'm probably not over there long enough. I plan to take more pics of bus art so maybe I'll catch yours.

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