So yesterday I showed off my new hallway art, but I didn't get a chance to quite explain the project. Basically it came about because after my last trip I saved the walking maps. I thought they would be fun as a souvenir, but I wasn't sure how I was going to use them yet.
When I went to make my gallery wall, I got the idea to frame some of the maps with my four Ikea Ribba frames. See them in there?
Here are the steps I took:
Step 1: Find maps
Step 2: Realize this is impossible
Step 3: Give up project for months
Yup- finding maps was NOT easy. Either the stores didn't carry a city, or it was priced at $15 for just ONE map. And I am cheap. So this project was on the backburner for a long time. Finally one day I found a tourist map to Italy, which included 3 cities I had been to, for $10! My interest in the project was renewed! I slowly managed to find other maps online and print them off. This is WAY harder than I thought it would be!! Most city websites have interactive maps and I wanted printable ones, preferably with major attractions. The guide book websites didn't make it easy either because they want you to BUY the map.
Finally I managed it and I realized I was actually a few cities short. So I bought more frames (also needed to make the piece larger) and was able to finish- with the additional of my favourite amusement park because I couldn't think of a 14th city. haha.
Can you guess what cities these are?
Here are the cities and a short memory of each (in no particular order):
- I have been lucky enough to visit Paris THREE times and each time I have had so much fun. I love the Louvre! And I think after 3 visits, I might finally have seen the whole thing!
- I didn't spend a lot of time here, but we did go up a mountain and realized April is not the best time to climb a mountain because it will be a blizzard up top with no view. We also almost didn't make it to Lucerne because the ticket agent sold us tickets to Lausanne, Switzerland!
- I would also love to spend more time here, but we had fun on our canal tour and our private glass blowing show.
- I have gone to Rome twice and I just love the city! History is everywhere you turn! I also enjoyed the day our hostel owner brought us shots at 1:00pm.
- I remember it being on a hill and being very beautiful, but I have no pictures because I forgot my camera on the bus that day! Doh!
- I climbed up to the top of the church and my legs suffered from then on. I also recall that my hotel bathroom had a bidet and I was highly entertained by this.
- We had the misfortune of timing our weekend there to coincide with Easter weekend so a lot was closed. But we did see the Acropolis and I saw a dead lamb wearing a hat and sunglasses. haha
- We went to this amazing bar there called Delirium that had over 2000 types of beer! I tried cookie beer, but traded it with my friend Jeni for a coconut beer (but sadly they were out of coconuts that they usually serve them in)
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- I wandered this city alone in the rain for a day when I wasn't able to find my friends at a meet up point, but then a couple of days later we came back and stayed in the red light district and went for a blush-worthy walk at night.
Alkmaar, The Netherlands
- We were in this picturesque town for a wedding and stayed at the most beautiful hotel there. One night we went for dinner and the cheapest thing we could find were 20 EURO nachos, which we shared.
- OKTOBERFEST!! Oh my did we ever have fun here last fall. Lots of beer, lots of new friends, and lots of amazing memories. At one point I conducted a band in a restaurant. True story.
- Woo! Some sun! My friend Veronica and I made the effort to leave our resort to visit this beautiful city and see the historical sites there.
- I got to visit Chicago last summer and I loved it! It was a beautiful city and we had a fun weekend of sightseeing, deep dish pizza, and baseball
- Ok, it isn't a map of Sandusky- it is Cedar Point! Only the best amusement park ever. I went a few times as a teenager with my family, but a couple of summers ago my friend Ginny and I drove down for a weekend. I drove 7 hours there, we got a hotel, went to the park the next day, then after we left the park I drove 5 hours to Buffalo! haha
So that is how my new art is totally personal AND a fun way to display your souvenirs and remember your trips :)
UPDATED: I just realized I have also been to Pompeii. Cedar Point may be getting the boot. haha