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This place is special to me because my husband proposed to me by a brook off the beaten path at Neuschwanstein Castle. For the less romantically inclined, the Alps are breathtakingly beautiful, and offer hiking in summer and world class skiing in winter (note the Olympic Skistadion). Take the cable car up the Zugspitze, Germany's highest point which is snowcapped year round. The 3 castles in the area are tied to "mad" King Ludwig II, who grew up in Hohenschwangau, built Linderhof, and died before the completion of Neuschwanstein, which later became the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle. For those wishing to see vintage household and work articles as well as learn how Germans lived in earlier days, visit the Freilicht and Violin museums.Cafes are dotted all over the area where you can partake of a favorite German custom - Kaffee and Kuchen. Have fun like I did and shop for touristy items such as a Dirndl (traditional German dress), Lederhosen, and a cuckoo clock, which are actually made in the Black Forrest. For the best experience, I encourage you to stay with locals, who rent out apartments in their homes.
This place is special to me because I have called it home for the last 12 years, and the sites and sounds have been profoundly influential to me as an artist. The city can be equal parts gritty and glitzy, and I have found the unique landscape and music culture has shaped my illustration style over my time as a Nashvillian. Even if you are not a country music fan, you can find something to love in this Southern jewel, including museums, great universities, historical sites, sports, and world class dining and drinking. Side note: If you are planning a destination bachelorette party, I hear Austin is really nice. ;)
This place is special to me because this is the first place that I ever travelled to outside of the United States. The city is a beautiful place to visit because of all the attractions that exhibit the culture of Canada. Here I show some of my favorite places that I visited while there and would recommend to anyone who goes there!
Kapana is a small walkable district in the town of Plovdiv. Its history dates back to the 16th century, when it was the merchant and crafts center of Plovdiv. A few of its streets are actually named after the craftsmen that practiced there for centuries: Zhelezarska Str. (Blacksmith Str.), Zlatarska Str. (Goldsmith Str.), Abadjiyska Str. (Coat-Tailor Str.), Kozhuharska Str. (Fur-Tailor Str.). The name itself (Kapana) means “trap” or “labyrinth”. And it’s well-deserved too — one can easily get lost in its cobblestoned streets that always meet at peculiar angles. Having lost its liveliness since the mid-20th century (the streets being mostly packed with parked cars), in the past few years the neighborhood has been revived again, largely thanks to Plovdiv's nomination for the European Capital of Culture 2019. Today Kapana is the colorful heart of Plovdiv — a social place with an artistic spirit and unique atmosphere.
Situated in the midst of hills and vineyards Stuttgart offers the most beautiful views over the city from higher vantage points – to experience a tour of Art + Music one can just stay in the center and take a walk. I have drawn some famous sites and some personal recommendations such as a trendy jazz club and the café Teehaus. Don’t forget to eat a an iconic bretzel with butter!
This place is special to me because I took the leap to move to Hanoi, Vietnam from the UK to have a (drastic!) change of scene and rediscover my creative voice. I am passionate about sustainable fashion and joined Fashion Revolution Vietnam to promote ways of enjoying fashion sustainably through exhibitions and events. I have discovered so many amazing ethical designers, second hand boutiques and winding markets which many people don't know about here, so I wanted to share them through this playful map to begin the adventure for someone else...
This place is special to me because this is where I used to spend my summer vacations as a child and teen. I always stayed in my cousin’s house. It was an adorable typical little house. Ericeira is a small and lovely village. Is a very calm, charming, typical fishing town that is situated along a coastline of outstanding surfing beaches. Nowadays, and because of the boom of surf lovers, Ericeira is a nice fusion of Portuguese heritage houses and atmosphere with a cool surfing ambience, where traditional fishermen’s cottages live amongst trendy lounge bars and cafes. The fresh smell of the sea is all over this place. It’s truly just wonderful.
This place is special to me because of it's rich cultural heritage and history. My map is inspired by Fraser's book Marie Antoinette: The Journey. These sites mark the dawn of the French Revolution, as well as the fall of the monarchy. Though some sites are marked by a statue and others repurposed, the architecture stands almost untouched by time. I love to imagine what everyday life was like for Marie and Louis, the nobles, and the commoners before those tumultuous times began. It's nice that tourists are welcome to mull over the history of the ancient city, and that we can drink the same tea and eat the same chocolates and pastries which delighted Marie Antoinette!
This place is special to me because I completely fell in love with the area, driving through it seven years ago. Then I met my husband and he also had a love for Montana (we are midwesterners so mountains are hard to come by). We recently took a trip to Flathead Lake and Glacier National Park, and enjoyed every minute! The mountains! The lakes! The wildlife! It's beautiful big sky country.
Plovdiv is special to me because of its mix of millennial history, culture and laid back style of its people. It is one of the oldest cities in the world, continuously inhabited throughout the centuries. Among the things to experience here are the ancient roman ruins that lie at the heart of the city, the atmosphere of the old town, the artistic and social places in Kapana district, the monuments and architecture of its recent history and the breathtaking views that open from the tops of its hills.I hope this map will make you think of visiting my hometown!