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RECENTLY ADDED TRAVEL ILLUSTRATIONS
This is one of our favorites because it’s never the same walk twice! There are soooo many ways to get from the Mission to the beach & each one is prettier than the next. You can wander til your heart’s content & I promise each time you take the walk you’ll always see something new😀
Where We Walk: Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) is lovingly called the 'City of Joy'. Here is a map of Central Kolkata comprising of all the places I visit during Christmas with my friends. The illustration depicts the iconic Victoria Memorial ( built during the early 20th century, dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria), Flurys (one of the most old and famous bakery of Kolkata serving the best cake), Oxford Bookstore (the largest bookstore in Kolkata), Peter Cat (famous for 'chelo kebabs'), Allen Park (for Christmas decor) and Bow Barracks (for home-made wine and cake and Christmas celebrations). The city is indeed a melting pot of culture providing immense joy to all citizens in terms of food, entertainment and festival. Also the yellow blue cabs, the hand-pulled rickshaws and the Christmas lights in Park Street are a sight to behold since they form a major portion of Kolkata's heritage. This is my first map illustration and I intend to showcase the very best of food, fun and celebrations of my city through this artwork of mine.
Instead of going to the gym, we get our exercise from long walks around the city. This is a route that we usually take on bikes in warm weather. The most challenging part of this route is planning out the beverage and bathroom breaks!
In the early 1990s, we went on an Owl Prowl at Green Point Nature Center led by Ray Clay, a volunteer for the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge. I was amazed at Mr. Clay’s owl-calling abilities, sense of humor, and activism. Mr. Clay passed away in March of 1994. In April of 1994, the Refuge planted an ornamental plum tree on its premises in his honor. Even though Owl Prowls continue to be held, I feel very privileged that Mr. Clay was our guide.
Here is my entry for the “Where We Walk” challenge. This map shows a family hike we love along the Mist Trail in beautiful Yosemite National Park. It features some picturesque landmarks that can be enjoyed along the way and my two favorite hiking buddies make an appearance as well. I love that daddy and daughter enjoy the outdoors together!
This 5 km route is my favorite Sunday stroll in Basel. Most of the time you can walk along Rhine or also swim into it in the summer. The walk includes some history buildings like the Basler Muenster and Letziturm and a little bit of culture in Kunstmuseum and Museum Tinguely. For the thirsty ones the mini truck Kaffee-Mobile offers delicious coffee and other refreshing beverages. Not to forget on this route the vegan donut shop Mystifry with incredible yummy creations.
The Labor Day Bridge Walk is the most anticipated walk of the year, as you can only walk the Mackinac Bridge on that one day of the year (2020 excluded, of course). It’s not just a walk; it’s an event! Buses transport you across the bridge, then you walk back. After crossing, you get a numbered certificate, then go explore the town. Many businesses post a number in their window, and if it happens to match the number on your certificate, you win a prize! Scott and I walked it in 1994, but I took some liberties with the local destinations (some, like the Indian Museum and the Woolen Mill, were no longer operating by that date). I loved everything about Mackinaw City, particularly as a child when my sister and I were allowed to roam the streets unsupervised. I loved shopping for (and wore out many) moccasins, belts, and those fabulous “mystery bags”! Once, I even secretly purchased the jackknife I had been coveting...then sliced my finger, all of which went unnoticed. The whole town was a playground!
This summer I worked at Yellowstone National Park and the geyser basin was my literal backyard. With predicted and spontaneous eruptions, there was always something new to see while walking among the thermal features.
It was my dream to make a map of Verona. I had never drawn a map and I decided to challenge myself. I loved the whole process. Here we go - my 25 min walking map for the historical center of Verona. It's impossible to show every beautiful place and building, but I choose places that I love to see every time I pass by.