I had a customer call the other day who wished to commemorate the first world war, by cycling the route of the front from Pfetterhouse to Nieuport. He was looking into purchasing the 1:25 000 scale Bleue Series French IGN maps, until I pointed out that it would take at least 40-50 maps to cover the route, more possibly depending on which line of the front he followed. However, he might have preferred to view the new IGN map Grande Guerre 1914-1918 which shows in detail the various front lines together with the sites of memorials etc.
As I said recently, K and I are heading to Berlin later this year, to explore the city, and one of the things we hope to do while there is view the city from one of the high points. In the last year, we have had the opportunity to view both London and Paris from similar high points, The Shard on a grey and wet day in March and the Eiffel Tower last November. Both The Shard and the Eiffel Tower provide fascinating views of the city and we spent ages locating various landmarks and just enjoying the views. However we were really struck by the contrast between the two cities. In Paris, there are wide tree lined boulevards, and some of the principal buildings are lined with each other, such as the Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde and La Grande Arche de la Défense, providing spectacular views. However, by contrast London appears higgledy- piggledy, with few grand routes, and limited sight lines. I am sure that students of urban architecture and planning could explain to me the reasons for this, but although I was slightly disappointed in the lack of planning for London, I am love all the diverse districts that can be found just around the corner.
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, however the area on the single-sided paper sheet is split in two and double-sided on the waterproof maps.