Strange Maps for Strange People
Posted By Erin on June 2, 2010
A Borderless World – June 2, 2010
This is one of my favorite blogs: Strange Maps. About twice a week, a new map is featured, along with a narrative about the map’s background and the time period it was recorded. Cool!
Currently there’s a map of Bohemia from the 17th Century.
Another recent showing was a funky map of Nevada / California border region that features the Sudan, Siberia and the Kentucky Mountains…Hmmmmm…Someone is smoking too much pakalolo.
I’ve loved maps for a while. I’m not sure if it’s my fondness for maps that inspires my travel, or the other way around. I’ve actually been called “Map Girl” on occasion. I was navigating a couple of Russian cities at the time.
I bought my first map in Florence, Italy. It was a hand-colored beauty of an ancient Oceania. It’s a whimsical depiction of the waters around New Caledonia – full of sea monsters, ships being blown off course and unknown languages. That’s pretty much how I see the world!
My mom is holding onto a real treasure: a map that was given to my father as a gift. It’s a map of the Pacific Ocean. (He was a consultant and worked throughout the Pacific Islands – mainly in Polynesia and Micronesia.) Can’t wait to hang that bit of booty on my wall some day!
Do you have a favorite map? Where’d you buy it? What area does it depict? Send in a picture!
This entry was posted on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 and is filed under Erin Then.