Stockholm, Sweden, SE
This map shows a typical urban hike I might take from my apartment on the island of Södermalm in Stockholm, Sweden. I start with the overlook at Monteliusvägen, continue through Mariatorget, the square in my neighborhood, then I continue over to the lookout from Skinnarviks park, where you can see Stadshuset (city hall) and the apartments along Norr Mälarstrand. From there, I head to the allotment gardens located in Tanto park, then a stop by Fabrique bakery where I might pick up a tasty cinnamon bun or fresh loaf of levain bread for an afternoon fika (coffee break). On my way back to my apartment, if it is the weekend, a stop by Röde Orm to pick up a pizza dough for homemade pizza is a must!
This place is special to me because it's my secret winter escape. OK, maybe not so secret as thousands of snowbirds have discovered it as well. I love Tucson not only for the fun breweries, tasty eats, farmers markets, cool shops, and fascinating historical sights but the city is surrounded by nature. To the north you can hike at Catalina State Park and Sabino Canyon, to the east and west you'll find both sections of Saguaro National Park. When hiking you may be surprised to find the desert teems with life like hummingbirds, phainopeplas, hawks, roadrunners, ringtail cats and javelinas. The cactus wren pictured here is the state bird of Arizona. Hope you like my map! :) Come explore the desert!
FORT COLLINS, CO, US
My home away from home, the British Virgin Islands! Sunday mornings were hiking days and I had a few lucky occasions to join in on the fun. Walks in the rain or even getting caught in the bush without a machete still bring up fond memories. One small hike even brought us to a kayak spot for a little trip around the bay. With the help of our fearless hiking leader, this map was created as the group continues to hike around the island and provide me video and photo updates while being locked in Colorado. I can’t wait for our new adventures!
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It's lovely to take a walk along the Hudson River, up on the Palisades of Weehawken. The view changes with the time of day, weather or season, and I never tire of it. Taking a long view up the river and down, seeing the Verrazano Bridge to the south and the George Washington Bridge to the north, ferries crossing, sunlight reflecting, hawks circling...or just taking a quick trek up and around Hamilton Park, I love where I live and really enjoy walking around here and getting my steps in!
I made this map of the city of Toulouse because it is the city where I lived during my student exchange for six months. I studied arts, did a lot of climbing, swimming and cycling, lived with eight friends, and also for a while with my boyfriend. I drew, painted, read, walked, played chess, photographed, laughed, danced, sang, played guitar and piano, partied, travelled; I did things I had never done and enjoyed life like never before. Toulouse is my favourite city in the whole world. I made this map digitally, and included, within the route I took when I walked from my house (“La Coloc”) to La Daurade, all my favourite places.
I live at Milan's outskirts and I love the big park that is between my town and the town next, San Donato, just before the city.
My favorite moment to be there is the early morning. There is hardly anyone, just a few people crossing the park to head somewhere. There is a small bar just in the middle of the park to enjoy a coffee or an ice cream in the summer. I love it how it is full of trees and home to rabbits and ducks. The path is 2 km long, great for clearing my head before starting the day.
I’ve been visiting Lough Key Forest Park since I was a child. It’s a truly magical place with secret tunnels, a fairy bridge, a hidden Ice House (where I imagined a witch lived!), a wishing chair and a giant Western Red Cedar tree that you can walk inside. The lake has numerous islands, one of which, Castle Island was the original home of one of the ancient kings of Ireland in the 1100s. His castle was destroyed by lightning and the castle there today was built in the early 1800s. The park also has 5 ring forts, which are fortified settlements from the Bronze Age (2000 BC). A timeless, enchanted place where I’ve spent many pleasurable days walking!
When you wanna see a breathtaking mix of old tree alleys, beautifully landscaped gardens, rare plants and historical buildings bathed in golden light then join us on a long and relaxing walk through Schönbrunn Gardens in Vienna. Schönbrunn, the former summer residence of the Habsburgs, can be translated as "Beautiful Spring" and oh yes, this couldn't be more true.
Every single time we are in Vienna, we spend hours strolling through the gardens and walking the zigzag path up to the Gloriette where you have an amazing view over the whole city. And for sure everybody will see us behaving like a Crazy Plant Couple when we enter Palm & Desert House and admire thousands and thousands of exotic cacti and plants. Not to forget: Empress Sissi's spirit will give the whole walk a very royal touch!