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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I love the village I live in because it is surrounded by nature. Just above my house, there is a path leading to an awsome lookout point (and a huge virgin overhanging the village as well -hence the potential redemption ^^). I often walk here, even more since the lockdown. There is no place I feel better than here, admiring the landscape amongst the trees. I love walking around the main street of the village too (ok ok, there is only one street :D).
In 2020, my life completely changed overnight. I gave birth to my beautiful baby. All the newborn checklists, pregnancy classes and books I read did not help and I had no idea what I was doing. Everyday seemed like a surprise! Good thing is that you learn fast. As a new mom, I learned fresh air and good naps are essential to good night’s sleep. So I, “my-neighborhood-is-boring” person, started strolling around my neighborhood with my baby and I have to say I quite enjoy it! Of course, huge part of the joy comes from seeing my baby busy discovering new things and the occasional nap is an added bonus! The map I illustrated shows the “new mom walk” I took with my baby around one of the parks in my neighborhood, the Englischer Garten, during the past year. Throughout the different seasons and weather, I discovered so many new and old things with my baby in this over 200 year old park.
Here’s a map of the 218 km I walked through Spain, following the last part of the famous “Camino de Santiago”, or Way of Saint James.
An amazing experience through breathtaking landscapes, sun and rain, meeting people from all around the world.
This walk in another bit from the Green Chain in London. I used to do this walk to go to Eltham’s swimming pool but didn’t discover Vista field until I did that part of the Green Chain and I loved it. One of the things I like about London is that you can find hidden places where you don’t even feel that you are in the crowded London. You can visit Vista field and The Tarn and be alone. In Vista field you can see the famous London skyline and in The tarn you’ll be surrounded but the beautiful lake and a great variety of birds and plants. Eltham palace is very special as well, it looks like a place from a fairy tale with a bridge and beautiful trees.
Laddie is our spunky 12-year old Cockalier who loves to explore the sandy road and fields near our home in Virginia's Northern Neck. This stretch of the road is bordered by farmland and wetlands and a fantastic variety of animals are usually out and about. Squirrels, bunnies, deer, turtles, and birds are regular sitings. One lucky day we spied a fox! Every day is a feast of new sights and smells!