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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?
My 4 year old son is obsessed with trains so when his nursery was closed last year, we spent many a happy hour touring the bridges of our home town and getting to know our local area in a new way. Nothing would make him happier than to get a toot and wave from a train driver while we waved enthusiastically from the bridge! We developed our own set of nicknames for each bridge, most of which were coined by my son, and those are the names included on my map, The Bridges of Urmston.
A Walk Through History. Kenley ,a small village in south London is full of beautiful woods and walks. I have lived here for the last 10 years and enjoyed this place very much. Kenley Air Field has fascinated me. Its an excellent area to walk and explore the history of Britain. This RAF Air Field was actively used until the late 1960.It played an important role in WWII and a lot of the original blast pens and bunkers still stand proudly to this day. Now this Air field and the runways are used by the Surrey Hill Gliding Club. The area around the air field is open for public use. We run, walk, jog, exercise, ride bikes ,walk the dogs and more. On a good day its perfect for a picnic.as you enjoy your sandwich and a drink you can also watch the gliders take off and land.
Chatsworth House and Gardens has many visitors from all over the country, but it also has a beautiful estate where there are many areas to walk. One of my favourite walks is along the river to Beeley village, you walk across two beautiful old bridges and then a climb up to the hilltop. From the Emperor Waterfall and the Hunting Tower you can enjoy fantastic views right across the Estate.
I am very lucky to live in Bexley, one of the greenest boroughs of London. Throughout lockdown I have gone on (almost) daily walks in many of these green spaces and I always see things in the sky that inspire me. My map pays homage to everything I have seen in the skies whilst out on my walks. I've have also included the distance each object is from earth to give it some perspective.
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!
Right now all museums are closed due to national lockdown, but you can still admire their architecture from the outside and all the museums included in the map offer a virtual tour online!
This map tells the story of my journey in Uppsala, my home away from home! I stayed in Uppsala for my studies last year - all these places are where I have always been and the route shows where I have always walked in Uppsala! Dedicating this map to all the amazing friends I have met in Uppsala (some of them are drawn in the map!) This map illustrates not only the walk but also my lovely memories. :) I have also included some elements that I love about the Swedish society and culture: the more equal parenthood and better gender equality, the LGBTQ-friendliness, the proximity with nature and animals - love it very much!