Jonathan Ross would make a great family travel blogger. Reading about his trips in the ‘My Hols’ bit of the Sunday Times yesterday, it would seem he loves to discover the kooky and the unconventional when he visits places.
The Ross family’s favourite destination is Tokyo because it is ‘delightfully weird’. They went to a ‘haunted hospital’, part of the Fuji-Q Highland theme park, a three-story building set out like a real hospital but with zombies jumping out at you. I’m hoping Emma from ‘A Bavarian Sojourn‘ can tell me more about what Tokyo has to offer when she returns from her summer trip to Japan.
Jonathan’s family spend a lot of time in America as they have a house in Florida. A previous road trip consisted of finding the oldest resorts and theme parks, including the Weeki Wachee Springs, in Hernando County, where ‘women dressed as mermaids perform shows underwater.’
I’ve realised that hunting out the unusual is something we tend to do as a family when we are travelling. Choosing a hotel because it has a name which sounds a bit rude (Klitterhus hotel, Sweden) or finding an obscure spot where aliens were meant to have landed (Angelholm, Sweden) make for very memorable holiday experiences. Will I ever forget the Penis Museum in Iceland or the Bodyworlds exhibition in Copenhagen?
I also like to find unusual sculptures, artwork that catches the eye. Below are some I’ve spotted in recent years. I don’t think you’ve seen the middle one before. What a lovely gesture, to create a huge stone version of your breasts and pop it in a local park.
|‘The Kiss’ by Sophie Ryder (Aynhoe Park, Cotswolds)|
|‘Till Jose’ (To Jose) by Gabriella Sandin (Angelholm, Sweden)|
|‘The Unknown Official’ by Magnus Tomasson – Reykjavik|
Finding the bizarre looks like it might be on the menu for our forthcoming trip to Austria. As I pore over guidebooks and articles on the internet, I have begun to make a list of ‘things to do’ which might not normally be associated with such a holiday.
How about the Death Dance Museum in Metnitz or the Torture Museum at Sommeregg Castle?
Maybe Monkey Mountain is worth a look, with 130 macaques?
There’s a Porsche Museum in Gmund. The boys would like that.
Schleppe Brewery in Klagenfurt? The boys would like that too.
Mushroom Museum – might not be mush room in there (Boom Boom!)
Bee Museum -new exhibition with interactive stations apparently.
Finally, I rather fancy taking a trip to Gurktal Valley to see the ‘Dwarf Park’. I had to look twice when I saw this then realised it’s home for 1000 garden gnomes. Who wouldn’t want to take a detour to see this.
Jonathan Ross would love it.
What’s the oddest attraction you have visited on holiday? The weirdest statue?