Swedish maps get a makeover

Lantmäteriet (National Land Survey of Sweden) and Nordstedts have revamped their 1:50,000 range of Topographic maps of Sweden this month, replacing the Terrangkartan series with the new ‘Sverigeserien’ (Sweden Series).  These are very similar to the Nordeca ‘Norgeserien’ (Norway Series) maps and are clearly designed for outdoor use having a similar cardboard cover around a water and tear resistant map printed on Polyart.  The maps can be folded repeatedly without breaking or tearing which makes them idea for frequent use in both winter and summer. Each map covers a larger... Read More

Ideas and Activities

Cypriot Easter

Why is it that where ever you travel around the UK you will see plenty of Christmas decorations, but rarely will there be anything to celebrate Easter, certainly nothing like these that we found in Cyprus a couple of years ago, with similar decorations in every town or village!


Guten Tag, Bonjour, Buen Día, Buongiorno!

I am conscious that once again I am about to travel to another country, this time Germany, with little or no knowledge of the local language beyond ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’ and ‘Do you speak English?’ What is it about the British that arrogantly assumes that we can always speak to others and be understood by them in our own language, and expect them to respond to us in English as well?  It amazes me as I have travelled around Europe (to date I have only left Europe briefly, and... Read More

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Giant’s Causeway

The impressive Giant’s Causeway has been on my ‘bucket list’ of places I want to visit for some time now.  Set on the coast of County Antrim, legend has it that the causeway was built by a local giant, Finn MacCool  as he tried to reach Scottish giant, Benandonner, who had challenged him to a fight!  I know that science has shown that the interlocking basalt columns are the result of an ancient volcanic eruption, but I think I prefer the legend! In 2012 the area gained a near ‘invisible’... Read More


Walking, Beer and Trains!

At the weekend, Mapsareus was able to combine three of his greatest pleasures in one afternoon. Walking, real ale and steam trains!  I am not sure which came first, but I suspect the lure of real ale was the main purpose of the afternoon! The ale was supplied by Box Steam Brewery, a local micro-brewery which produces beers with fabulous names like “Tunnel Vision” “Piston Broke”, “Ghost Train” and “Whistle Blower” (I like the names even though I am not a beer drinker!).  The brewery is linked with two pubs... Read More

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Festival of Lights, Berlin

K and I are really excited!  When we booked out trip to Berlin a few months ago, we chose the date mainly for convenience and of course because it coincided with his birthday!  We have now discovered that our trip will be during the Festival of Lights!  I have got to be honest, until a couple of days ago, I had never heard of this festival, and since then I have been enchanted with all the images I have discovered on the internet!  If I can do the lights justice,... Read More

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Round the Twist

Do you remember “Round the Twist” the Australian children’s television series about three children and their father who live in a lighthouse, and had various magical adventures.  I know my children loved it! My niece who is currently in Australia, recent took a trip along the the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, and came across the Split Point Lighthouse used in the series.  I guess she must have been a fan of the show as well, as this caused great excitement!  So which places from TV have you visited recently?... Read More