Vistula Historic District – A Must See!

This week we are asked to seek inspiration in random places:

1st stop: Wikipedia! Click the Random Article button, and the article you get, the title is your title

2nd stop: , where you will generate a random image which you should post and connect with your written piece.


It was all about the lucky dip of life. His trip to his local travel agent had resulted in him agreeing to a random holiday to a random destination. The agent had warned him that these were holidays for the broad minded and adventure bound.

At first, he didn’t know what to make of the email he received the next day telling him his trip was confirmed and that he would be leaving the next week for the Vistula Historic District.

He hastily googled the name and discovered that it was a historical site renowned for its collection of anchors.

The headline: “If you Love a Good Anchor, Vistula Historic District is the place for you.”

A little further down he read:

“Come and walk the rolling sand dunes and marvel at the anchors embedded into each one. A unique and rare experience for the well-travelled sea-faring aficionado.”

After careful study of the Google site and finding nothing more about the District other than the anchors, he decided there had to be more to it than that. Surely it would have restaurants, hotels, a casino, after all, who didn’t have a casino these days.


Three weeks later he returned home a shell-shocked man. The Vistula Historic District was as it promised. All anchors. The only surprise was the local theatre group who performed a very lame production of “Anchors Aweigh”. As his trip was a package deal, he was awakened each morning by an overly enthusiastic guide called Herman who took him and his party to another part of the dunes to view the anchors that were there. Each anchor had a story, and Herman was determined to tell him the story of each.

Like so much in life, the sight of one anchor on the first day was exciting but by the tenth day of what seemed to him to be the same story repeated each day he was ready to use his brute strength to ram of the anchors through Herman, in fact, ram anything at Herman who never seemed to shut up.

He did in fact, marvel at Herman’s enthusiasm and his ability to find something exciting day after day connected to objects that all seemed to have been made in the same factory.

So after a day or two at home recovering he ventured to his travel agent and presented him with an ornamental anchor suggesting he insert it in a place no one would want to hoist it from.


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16 Responses to Vistula Historic District – A Must See!

  1. Lyn says:

    He’s not a fast thinker. If he could have somehow shipped them all back home under cover of darkness, think of how much money he would have made if he could have sold them for scrap 🙂

  2. Lorraine says:

    Imaginative pairing of article and image. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with mine. Smiling.

    • Michael says:

      Well there was so much that could be said I thought but what a good idea for a prompt. Don’t you think?

      • Lorraine says:

        Excellent idea. The possibilities are endless with definitely no two responses the same. Extremely clever on Oloriel’s part.

      • Michael says:

        Hmm yes..I wonder can we adapt it??? Or is that a bit rude do you think?

      • Lorraine says:

        I was wondering the same thing — for Saturdays if not for Tale Weaver, too. There are prompt/character generators, too. Not rude if credit her with the brilliant idea that we are shamelessly stealing.

      • Michael says:

        Oh of course we would acknowledge her….I’ll see what i can think of….

      • Lorraine says:

        Could propose it as she does — you could do a random tale weaver — a pot luck/luck of the draw. The image generator had other generators on the left side bar to consider.
        No, I don’t think she feel it was rude. She might be pleased we liked the idea so much you worked on an adaptation.
        I’m recycling tale weaver prompts from our time and before, so not everything has to be a unique, one of the kind sort of prompt. There are so many writing prompts out there now, it’s difficult to not, even unintentionally, recreate what someone else has already imagined.

      • Michael says:

        Oh yes and remember most people have a short memory and so what we did a year ago we can change and adapt and who will know??

      • Lorraine says:

        I’m recycling your bedtime/fairy tales for adults in May, for example.

      • Michael says:

        Ah good one go for it…I’m doing a Nonsense one next…haven’t had one for a while….

      • Lorraine says:

        It has been a while.

  3. Soul Gifts says:

    An anchors Groundhog day! This sounds like an interesting challenge…….

  4. Oloriel says:

    There is so many elements I like in this story. The characters seem so very multidimensional, it makes me wonder why they think, act and speak the way they do.
    Unlike the protagonist, I would love to be in this story, and listen to 1001 anchor story of Herman? I really would!
    Thank you for participating in the prompt, hope you had fun!

    • Michael says:

      Then this is the holiday for you…lol…I thought it was a great idea for a prompt….we might ‘borrow’ aspects of it for the tale weaver at some stage…..I think you should use it often as it gives us as writers a problem to write about and loved that idea….

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