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Situated just a few miles from the beautiful South Wales coast, we are lucky enough to have many lovely walks on our doorstep. No need for the car, in just minutes we can be surrounded by green space, walking through peaceful woodland or the picture postcard village of Merthyr Mawr, with its ancient church and cluster of perfect thatched cottages. Over the 15th century 'Dipping Bridge' where the farmers would drive their sheep through the two parapets into the river for an annual dip - there is always something new to see. The much newer 'Swing Bridge' will take you on to the picturesque river crossing at Ogmore Castle - still marked by a series of ancient stepping stones that you can cross if the tide is right! If the river is too high, we can walk on to Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes - home to the 'Big Dipper' the highest dune in Wales and if we're feeling particularly energetic, a walk through the dunes with all its wildlife, will see us reach the sea at Ogmore-By-Sea and a much-deserved cuppa, before picking a route for the walk home! The kids love these places! Look them up - they do exist - I wish I had time to squeeze in more! Next time!
Since I love cakes and pastries I decided to make a map out of my favourite bakeries and patisseries in my home town of Malmö. One lovely thing about Malmö, Sweden is our diversity and multiculturalism so I made sure to include both typical Swedish cakes such as semla and princess cake (google them, they’re delicious!) and some Italian, French and Arabic treats. Also, I threw in a handful of architectural sights for good measure. Just put on those eating pants and follow the bread crumbs!
Take a walk and discover these secret courtyards called "hofjes" in Amsterdam's Jordaan neighborhood. Originally built as housing for retired nuns, widows and older single women, these charming houses surrounding courtyard gardens are wonderful places to sneak a peak. Some of them are now home to music students and artists and you may even catch a concert or open atelier on your stroll. A few of my favorite hofjes are pictured! :)
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!
This is my usual stomping ground during lockdown, I must have done this walk over 100 times! There's not usually much to see, just the usual dog walkers, squirrels, joggers, and occasionally the odd helicopter carrying a vehicle!
The evening is the best time for a little walk, just around the corner. The streets are calm, the people are at home and (… that’s the best, I admit it …) they turn their lights on! So you can see all that little stories of live behind the windows. And our cat? Feely is always very enthusiastic at the at the start, but she remembers her personal limits quite quickly. So only some big Meows follow me and a reproachful but relieved cat waits for me at the end. So we draw together a map about our walk in honour to that all-day-pleasures. And – as in every good map – there’s an unknown territory: the reign of the Grey Cat! (One day we’ve been there … but that is a story for another map!)
Let's take a walk in Testaccio, Rome to discover its delicious street foods! This neighbourhood offers great food all day long! I've listed all my favorite spots to enjoy breakfast, grab a quick bite and have a drink! Follow this street food map to eat and drink for the whole day as you walk through the neighbourhood.
This walk along the River Lea from Hackney Wick to the River Thames is a hidden gem here in East London. I recently discovered this wonderful route during Lockdown and it has been a welcome escape during this time. There are many wonderful sculptures along the way as part of the Line Sculpture Trail as well as fantastic views of the Olympic Park and unusual sites such as Abbey Mills Pumping Station and the Three Mills.
I took a long walk on saturday to explore my neighborhood but was massively disappointed. If you’ve ever visited Vienna in winter you know that we have barely snow here and it’s dizzy and foggy most of the time. While I walked down my favourite path I thought about summer and autumn where the weather is nice, the grass green and the area covered with grapevines. So I thought about: why not showing the path in my mind instead of the grey environment?