Travel and Tourism


Are you going to Italy? Are you hiring a car? This is a cautionary tale of woe for visitors driving in Italy that could have been avoided with a £9.00 map!

Isn’t that beautiful?  Once of the most famous views in the world and our lovely accounts lady and her husband certainly thought so when they booked a touring holiday in Italy in July 2017.  They hired a car from the UK, booked their hotels and, in most cases, booked and paid for parking at the hotels, in various cities, in advance.  They wish they’d also thought to buy Touring Car Italiano City Street Maps (the Italian equivalent of AA) for the cities they were visiting because it would have saved them... Read More


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!

Ideas and Activities, Maps


Robson Square · Vancouver, British Columbia With disabled people in mind this architect designed the most awesome stairs with full wheelchair access!  It is the perfect set up and most likely the future of staircases.   Many of you may have seen these images elsewhere, but they were recently forwarded to me, and I thought I would share them with you! For anyone, unless you are very fit, many of these sets of stairs will take your breath away, or, at least make you puff just thinking about climbing and... Read More

Ideas and Activities

Gorillas in the Mist

I am trying not to be too jealous of my cousin who recently travelled to Rwanda, and was fortunate not only to go on a Gorilla safari, but also got fairly close to the group. He also visited some of the memorials relating to the genocide, which he described as harrowing.  Rwanda and neighbouring Burundi sound a fascinating and memorable place to visit, not sure I shall be getting there any time soon though. Related articles Sir David Attenborough launches fight to save gorillas (itv.com) Cousins In Rwanda (gabrielconstans.wordpress.com)

Ideas and Activities

Street furniture

Viewing some of the other blogs I have seen in recent weeks, made me look a little more carefully at some of the details around the streets in Berlin recently, which was how I came to take some of these photos. Unfortunately, the weather was not too good during most of our trip, hence the grey skies! However we did find some brighter images! Related articles Postcard Travel Tip – Berlin, Germany (cardstohome.wordpress.com) The Kitchen Café – Berlin (itsrainingflamingosandfoxes.com)

Ideas and Activities

Is the USA closed today?

A few years ago I made my only visit to the USA to date, and spent a few fascinating and tiring days in New York, where we made the most of all the iconic sites, especially the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Empire State Building and Times Square.  However, anyone who is holidaying in New York today, (or anywhere else in America) will not be so lucky as all the Federal buildings and National Parks are closed following the failure to agree a budget last night!  I guess for those... Read More

Ideas and Activities

Lake District

I have been editing our website recently and got to the section on the Lake District; i could not help remembering the great holiday K and I enjoyed there a few years ago.  We were there in July, but true to form, it was cloudy and rainy on several days.  However, the weather enhanced the beauty of this iconic area, with the fells playing ‘hide and seek’ in the mist.  Yet on other days we had brilliant sunshine and I remember on one occasion sitting by Buttermere in complete isolation... Read More

Ideas and Activities

North Yorks Moors Railway

  Alongside his love of bird-watching, Mapsareus also enjoys steam trains, and he took this busy photo of trains at Goathland station on the North York Moors Railway recently.  If you have not been to the railway it is well worth a visit.  Goathland station is a bit of a celebrity having featured in both the ITV series ‘Heatbeat’ and the first Harry Potter film!

Ideas and Activities


While staying up north recently Mapsareus made a visit to Lindisfarne or Holy Island, just off the Northumberland coast.  This tiny island which can only be reached by crossing the tidal causeway, has many attractions for those who like the quieter life.  Mapsareus particularly enjoyed the bird watching and he took this photo of a Puffin with a mouth full of sand eels. The Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve is the winter home for many wildfowl and wading birds, making it a haven for the bird watchers among you.  The island... Read More