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This place is special to me because it holds the perfect harmony of the old and the new, and it’s the place I call home nowadays. I have been living in Madrid for a decade, and this is one of my favourite neighbourhoods. Bubbling with life at any time of the day and night it’s a place where you can find the trendiest people and places. Art exists inside galleries and museums but also in the streets, hip bars, pubs and cafes. My favourite thing are the contrast: the little old grocery shop next to the latest design shop, the bar that has been serving people for a 100 years (true story) packed with the trendiest crowd... If you’re into shopping here you will find the best vintage shops, and the newest design too. I have listed my favourite places in the area so you can have a complete day exploring: you can see art, grab a coffee, go shopping, have a bite, a drink and even dance all night.
This place is special to me because it is my hometown Bremen, an old "Hansestadt" in the north of Germany. I love roaming around the city ... and I love to discover all the different typographic elements, at doors and walls and even on the ground. Join me on a typographic trail! A special guest on the map is the penguin - he's a grafitti at a housewall and was sprayed some years ago by my son Jonathan.
This place is special to me because it’s where I fell deeply in love. El Born or La Ribera is the best neighbourhood in the greatest city. My husband and I first visited in 2006 and our hearts immediately felt that they belonged in this place. Now we travel to Barcelona every summer to speak in Spanish, wander the magical winding streets, eat the delicious tapas, drink all the cava, admire the architecture, visit the unique shops and galleries, people-watch in the parks and plazas, soak in the sunshine and breathe in the history. I will never tire of visiting it and I will never fully finish exploring all the secret treasures it holds. I hope you can imagine yourself getting lost in the unique charms around every corner, too.
This place is special to me because my mother grew up here and we’ve spent almost every summer here since I was a little kid. Located in the northernmost part of the Philippines, Batanes is the smallest province and is known as “Paradise of the North” because of it’s picture-perfect sceneries. It is also popular for being a frequent destination for typhoons, it’s stone houses made of limestones, a shop that runs on people’s honesty (people pay through a drop box) and a lot more.
This place is special to me because it's like a village within London. I live nearby and regularly walk my dog in Richmond Park and along the river (that's me and him on the map!) The novelty of having deer roaming free so close to central London never wears off. If you walk into Richmond from the park you'll find real cows grazing on Petersham Meadows and stunning views of the River Thames. There is something interesting to see every step of the way, from beautiful buildings, lovely cafés and restaurants, interesting little independent shops in The Lanes, as well as two theatres and a cricket green. You can while away the day watching boats go past on the river. I'd recommend it to anyone visiting London!!
This place is special to me because I have watched it transform yet still maintain strong ties to its history during my 13 years living here. An historic neighborhood in Birmingham, Alabama, Avondale joins the old and the new, with a focus on community. Avondale has grown from a small settlement clustered around a spring to a thriving entertainment district, spurred by the natural beauty and heritage of Avondale Park. Local businesses pay tribute to Miss Fancy, the elephant that lived in the park during its brief stint as a zoo. They also celebrate the former occupants of their buildings (post office, firehouse, saloon), while poised to craft memorable stories of their own. The area fosters a community spirit, from casual eateries, watering holes, shops and live music venues, to church cookouts and outreach programs. Even the ducks contribute to that sense of community, as they swim and hang out together in the park. I love my neighborhood!
I've visited Japan many times and I know I will keep going back! There's so much to see and every trip I feel I've discovered something new. One of my favorite places to go is Harajuku. It's so bright and colorful, and you can always find new trends in clothes, art and even food. Yet within the hustle and bustle of crowded streets, you will stumble upon pockets of peace.
Our vacation spot where we suspend reality to relax, indulge, and let go. Our favorite spots are Bread and Roses for breakfast, lunch, and a late afternoon coffee jolt (laying on the beach is hard work). After dinner we head to the Front Porch to hear the piano man and theater lovers belt out showtunes. We'll catch musical theater at the Ogunquit Playhouse. We'll take leisurely walks along Marginal Way (it's better than a treadmill and the view of the seemingly endless ocean is calming). When rains comes we hangout in our rental cottage to read, watch mindless TV, and nap.
Estrela is my favorite neighborhood in Lisbon and the place that made me fall in love with the city! This map acts a little guide for a day trip, with some of my favorite spots for food and drinks, plus some amazing spots for views! Everything's close by, so walking around is easy and fun, but taking the famous number 28 tram will help you out if you legs aren't feeling it while still giving you a great taste of the neighborhood and its little streets and colorful corners. Either way it's a guaranteed good time and I couldn't recommend it enough!
This place is special to me because...it’s isolated, you can only reach it by airplane or boat, and it’s sorrounded by salty seas, a hidden gem in the Gulf if St. Lawrence. There are over 300kms of white sandy beach to explore, the biggest skies you’ll ever see, often dancing with colourful kites, because of all the wind! There’s history, great seafood, artisans, and the most spectacular views. You can walk for hours on a beach and never see another soul, or you can go cave-surfing, kayaking or just chill. The moment I set foot on this archipelago it stole my heart, I actually cried when it was time to leave. I bought a charm of the islands, and it hangs around my neck everyday, to remind me of the “bliss” I found here, on the “Maggie’s”.
This place is special to me because I have always loved lighthouses and the scenery of the coast, and if you are looking for lighthouses Michigan is one of the best places to be. I went on a road trip through the state with my family a few years ago and the Upper Peninsula is one of the most beautiful places I have been. It is a trip I will always remember, and I wanted to express some of that beauty in this map.