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This place is special to me because I used to live in Hamburg as an art student and St Pauli is the area where we used to hang out (and still do when I visit). I am particularly fond of the so called curtain pubs (Gardinenkneipen). Their windows are usually obscured by nicotine stained doilies, hence their name, they are ruled by grumpy chain smoking barmaids (but with a heart of gold) and frequented by a mix of colorful characters from the local red light millieu who drunkenly play melancholic music on the jukebox whilst telling the barmaid their woes, or might have a little dance to the Macarena. The map shows my favorites curtain pubs, and a couple of places to have a cheap (but good) snack inbetween to soak up all the Astra and Korn. Top insider tips are: Discreetly (=make sure the grumpy barmaid doesn’t notice) ring the landline of the Nordlicht whilst sitting at its' bar and make sure you don’t tipsily ring any bells mounted over bartops, as this means you are volunteering to buy everyone in the establishment a drink! When you find yourself sitting at the bar of the Lehmitz, the bar that NEVER closes, at 10am trying to solve the mystery of when and how on earth they clean the place, it’s probably time to go home….
This map is special to me because Manhattan is one of the most vibrant and overwhelming cities I've ever visited. This is a place that truly made me feel small (but in the BEST way!). This map includes just a few of the many highlights of my trip, some sentimental - some just good ol' touristy destinations! Everyone should visit this magical place at least once in their lives!!
Kerala, located in the south of India, is a land of rich green paddies, rivers and lagoons. It's often termed as " God's Own Country". The coastal plain is bordered on the east by a range of mountains in which spices such as pepper, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom are grown for export. And this has attracted traders from all over the world. Fort Kochi is one such town in Kerala, which was ruled by the Portuguese from 1503 to 1682, followed by the Dutch till 1795, and then the British until the year India became independent. It is also home to the oldest European church in India which housed the gravestone of the explorer Vasco da Gama. The Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the largest art exhibition in India and the biggest contemporary art festival in Asia is held in this little heritage town.This is a heritage map taking you on a trail through the various historic structures, hidden cafes, boutique hotels and stores and the main streets of the city.
Kew Gardens is one of the most special places in London. It is huge and beautiful with all kind of plants and magical gardens. My favourite places are the waterlily house, the Pagoda and the Palm house where you forget that you are in a big city. In this map you can see some of the buildings and gardens but it is much more, it’s great place to explore and discover.
This place is special to me because it encompasses the gamut of South Korean history and culture in one beautiful place. Jeju Island is often referred to as the "Hawaii" of Korea. A naturally beautiful place featuring many volcanic craters and lava tunnels, as well as Mt. Hallam in the center of the island. Much like most of South Korea, Jeju is jammed packed with unique museums of every form. Not only art and history, but things like Tea, Teddy bears, Human Sexuality, KPOP, and KDramas. It also holds a bounty of natural beauty including multiple waterfalls and a UNESCO world heritage site called Sunrise Peak. Many unique things come out of Jeju island as well, including a Jeju specific orange variety, black pigs which yield famed black pork (heralded as the Kobe Beef of pork) and beautiful stone statues. With its own airport, you can easily experience all of Korean history and culture with just a layover on this beautiful island. For this map, I picked out my favorite, must-see locations, that are unique experiences when visiting Jeju Island. A mix of natural and man-made locations, as well as some of the wonderful guesthouses and unique restaurants in each region. If you ever get that chance to visit Jeju Island, this is my suggested itinerary!
Want to show a friend a good time? Well Vegas has it for you: start in the late afternoon, see local art galleries, secret murals, cool interesting coffee places with good concept of food to all the way to bars with cool concepts, to dancing places. You can easily spend a few hours in Downtown Las Vegas. Lots to offers in a few blocks.
My husband and I spent our first wedding anniversary exploring Stockholm's island of Gamla Stan (Old Town) This map shows all the places that we look back fondly on. The coolest bookstore we've ever been to, the best Swedish Meatballs we had on our whole trip, the church courtyard where we enjoy some afternoon fika, the studio we got matching tattoos. Gamla Stan holds a very special place in our hearts.
This place is special to me because it was one of the most interesting places I visited during my 2017 solo trip in Japan. Naoshima definitely lives up to its name "Japan's Art Island" - where contemporary art meets architecture meets nature. The two GIANT pumpkin sculptures by one of the most acclaimed Japanese artists, Yayoi Kusama, were massive and became the symbol of the island. James Turrell’s work at Chichu museum and Minamidera blew. my. mind. The garden that built just like Monet's paintings was so beautiful. It felt like I stepped into his artwork! I also loved the beauty of simplicity and the creative use of natural light in Tadao Ando’s architecture. And of course - the delicious food and friendly people there. Spend a day on Naoshima next time you are in Japan. You won’t regret it!
This place is special to me because it’s my lovable little college town in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge mountains. I feel like a local by now, but here’s the thing: when I’m traveling to an unfamiliar spot, I like the idea of staying undercover as much as possible. Anyone relate?? Yep, I know I’m snapping photos every 2 minutes and have an itinerary straight out of Yelp, but do the locals really have to roll their eyes and shake their heads?? So, to help you avoid being targeted as tourists by eagle-eyed college students, I want to pass on some tips on how to blend in and convince them you’re one of their own. So check out the map, head into the mountains, and you’ll be feeling 22 in no time ;)
This place is special to me because I grew up on the Florida beaches, and one year worked for an architect whose office was within walking distance of this architectural gem. I remember the incredibly designed cabinetry, trim work, and built-ins I saw in the interiors, and the painstaking deliberation over small details such as exterior paint colors. Many houses have names, picket fences line foot paths (cars aren't needed), and a short walk through artsy pavilions will take you to what everyone comes to see -the fine, powdery white sands and aqua blue surf. When hunger strikes there are plenty of food options, and for entertainment there is shopping, theater/fine arts performances, educational lectures, and bike rentals. I would love to go back with my camera to recapture memories from long ago. Seaside has been heralded as "probably the most influential resort community since Versailles" by Newsweek. I highly recommend visiting here if you love the ocean, architectural beauty and design, and want a peaceful, urban-modern vacation in a small community.
We visited Mongolia in October, 2019 and it quickly topped my list of favorite places. The warm-hearted people, the feeling of staying in a ger, and learning about this very different culture made the experience unforgettable. Plus, the funny names!
This place is special to me because I love kitsch! My hometown area of Traverse City is known for many things: wineries, restaurants, outdoor sports, etc. But ever since Mom gave me "The Guinness Book Of World Records" for Christmas when I was eleven years old, I have loved oddities of all kinds (I participated in two events vying for inclusion in the Guinness book: 1) world's largest chicken dance and 2) world's largest ice cream social). And after living in this area for over twenty years, I continue to find new and exciting oddball places to visit.