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Barcelona 2

Another of our favourite destinations in Barcelona was the Market Hall, Mercat de La Boqueria, on the Rambla de Sant Josep, given half a chance K would have shopped there everyday, but as we were staying in a hotel, we did not need too!  Best time to visit is early in the day, before the hall gets to busy, then continue along the Las Ramblas, stopping to pause at the many and varied sights and stalls.  Great for people watching too, if you stop at one of the street cafes,... Read More

Ideas and Activities


When I go on holiday abroad, I am not one for sunbathing on the beaches, and instead I prefer city breaks.  K and I went to Barcelona a few years ago and I absolutely fell in love with the Gaudi architecture, especially La Sagrada Familia.  I could have spent several days just absorbing all the details in the stonework.  While we were there the inside was still full of cranes and workmen, but it was still an impressive and beautiful space.  I have enjoyed following the progress of this stunning... Read More

Ideas and Activities

Forest of Dean

Until our move to Melksham some years ago, we were fortunate to live in the Forest of Dean for a number of years, and one of our favourite activities with our young children was the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail.  This 4.5 mile trail is forever changing as the sculptures, mostly made with natural materials gradually degrade and new ones take their place.  Re-visiting the trail last year, we were delighted to find many old favourites still in position, such as the ‘Place’, always known in our family as The... Read More

Ideas and Activities

Summer fun!

A few years ago, I was lucky enough to take my then teenage children on a short break to New York, where we had a fantastic time viewing all the iconic sights.  However, one of the unexpected pleasures of the trip was discovering decorated ‘Apples’ on various street corners, and side-walks.  Spotting these ‘Apples’ became one of the fun bonuses of the trip. Since then, I have become more aware of the public art events in the UK, in 2008 we had King Bladud’s Pigs in Bath.  Currently I am... Read More


Maps Hots Spots

It is so hot and sunny here in the office and even hotter outside that I would love a map of all the cold spots locally, so I could visit one and cool down!  Related articles A new Google Maps app for smartphone and tablets ( Google Maps update rolling out to Android devices, brings navigation and discovery improvements ( Frugal Tips: Keeping Cool (


Walking maps of France

3630OTR: Chamonix and Massif du Mont Blanc Waterproof Map Walking maps of the Mont Blanc region of France are popular at any time of the year, and recently IGN have added maps printed on water resistant to their catalogue. These maps are the same as the normal paper 1:25 000 Blue Series paper maps but are printed on the water resistant material, a great advantage to the user as they weigh almost the same as the paper map, but are much more durable. The printing seems sharper and easier to... Read More

Map Scale

What scale do I need?

We regularly get customers who are confused about the scale of maps and what it means.  Basically, most maps have a scale given as a ratio, and the scale of a map is defined as the ratio of a distance on the map to the corresponding distance on the ground.  Therefore a scale of 1:100 000 means that for every one unit on the map, it represents 100 000 units on the ground; the unit can be inches, centimetres, tiddlywinks or chocolate biscuits, as long as they are both the... Read More


Sunny Weekend

What a beautiful sunny weekend we have just had! At last, summer has arrived in the UK. I spent yesterday getting sunburnt at the Heddington & Stockley Steam Fair, which was a great day out, with plenty of steam traction engines and a chance to try out with the Druid Field Archers! (I hit the dinosaur twice – out of 6 arrows!).  Then back home in time to see Andy Murray – what more needs to be said about that!!


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