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Which map do I need?

africamapOne of the key parts of my role at Maps Worldwide is assisting customers with their queries and finding the most appropriate map for their needs.  This often involves quite a bit of extensive research as I try to find the obscure town , village or location they are travelling to then find the appropriate paper maps covering the area, whether they are walking, cycling, driving or just exploring.  I am fortunate in this part of my role as I love the challenge this provides and I am constantly improving my knowledge of the geography of the world and where places are in relation to each other, whether it is a small village in France or Spain or an obscure valley in the Himalayas!

So next time you need a map, but don’t know which one will be the best for your needs, please contact us, and I will be delighted to help you!


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The Tourist Tube Map |wjlondon

I love this idea for a tourist map of London!

Travel with Intent

For visits to any new city, it is always hard marrying the transport maps with the sights you want to see.

Below is a tourist tube map for London, provided by Who’s Jack.  Some stations are marked by their real name, others are indicated bye major nearby tourist site instead.  So to use it you have to count stops from the last one with a real name. Still worth carrying on you though, as it helps plan the order in which to visit the major sights with least time spent trudging the underground corridors making unnecessary connections.

Reblogged from The Tourist Tube Map |wjlondon.
17 May 2013 by WJ London


We all live in London, or maybe some of us have just arrived but how many of us have done all the touristy things there are to do in the capital?

Probably not many. Having lived in London for 10…

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9781409373179Later this year K and I are off to spend a few days in Berlin, this will be our first visit and we are anxious to try and see as much of the city as possible.  K is already busy planning the itinerary, which for us will be based around the 20th Century history of the city.  However we are still open to ideas of places to visit and things to see, and if we can fit everything in, I will report about it later after our visit.

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Cyprus 3

KourionWhen I travel, I am not one for sitting on a beach, although I love swimming in the warm Mediterranean sea off Cyprus.  Instead you are far more likely to find K and I exploring the cultural sights .  Cyprus has a rich heritage of Greco-Roman sights such as Pathos and Kourion.  With fantastic mosaics, these places are well worth the visit and are so extensive that even on busy days, they do not appear crowded.  Friends of ours who live on the island regularly go to performances music and plays in the restored Greco-Roman amphitheatre at Kourion, with the sea providing a stunning backdrop, unfortunately we have not yet been on the island at the right time to join them.

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Train disaster

Anyone following the news today must have been shocked by the loss of life in the Spanish rail crash, near the city of Santiago de Compostela. We join with others around the world with our thoughts and prayers for all those injured or killed and all those of the emergency services and others who are involved in rescuing them, or caring for the injured and the relatives.

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Commonwealth Games

9780007493821With yesterday’s launch of the countdown to the 2014 Commonwealth Games, by Sir Chris Hoy, in Glasgow, it is good to see that some publishers are already updating their maps to reflect the new sporting venues.  One such, is Discovering Glasgow by HarperCollins.  I strongly suspect that after the success and enthusiasm generated by last years Olympic Games, much more interest will be taken in next years games, than in previous such events.  I wonder if this will mean even more people volunteering to assist at the games …  have you applied to do so?

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Cyprus 2

kykkos2While we were staying in the Troodos mountains last year, we took the opportunity to visit the rather elaborately decorated Kykkos Monastery, renowned as the place where the first President of the Republic of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios III served as a novice.  Unlike in the painted churches, it is possible to photograph the many modern mosaics and paintings that surround the courtyard of the monastery without the risk of causing damage, although out of respect of those present who wished to worship or venerate the icons in the church, we refrained from taking photographs inside.  I do not think in all my travels I have found a church quite so ‘dripping’ in gold, and quite as ‘alien’ to my normal style of worship, but that must just me, as the whole place was swarming with visitors and worshippers! However, I did enjoy all the images surrounding the courtyard although I struggled to identify the story behind some of them.kykkos1