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The joy of maps — 14 Comments

  1. I remember camping with two children perched on top of a tent in the back of a Ford Capri.  Great fun, but perhaps not so now. Didn't need a map, we were only going about 215 miles, at night, so the infants could get some sleep.

    Do hope your dreams come true, and you have a very happy holiday.

    • A Capri? You had far too much space. 

      Back in the early 70s we went camping from northern England to Switzerland in a Triumph Spitfire – no back seat and bugger-all boot-space.  Happy carefree days.

  2. Driving in France is still wonderful compared with the UK. I don't know about the Emerald Isle, but I have driven in the North, and that was fine (I'm not talking about city driving here, which is dreadful anywhere in the world.)

    So go for it.

    (By the way, it's poring, not pouring.)

    Signed: duty spelling pedant

     

    • Driving in France is still wonderful compared with the UK. I don't know about the Emerald Isle, but I have driven in the North, and that was fine (I'm not talking about city driving here, which is dreadful anywhere in the world.)

      So go for it.

      (By the way, it's poring, not pouring.)

      Signed: duty spelling pedant

       

      And I agree about maps and satnavs. I can PORE over maps for hours, like a paperback book.

       

      • Hah!  Duly noted and corrected.

        Driving in France is a dream where driving in Ireland is a nightmare.  I notice it particularly on the return journey when I spend a couple of relaxing days driving through France and then suddenly have to cope with Irish roads and Irish drivers.  Dreadful is not the word!

  3. I love maps too, but at least my satnav voice is set to Sean who's Irishisms cause an enjoyable element of uncertainty in any journey.

    • My SatNav has a choice of two British voices – one male and one female.  They are both crap at pronouncing Irish names but the female is slightly less irritating.  I don't have a Sean, alas…

  4. Sounds to me like a great goal. On your '82 trip,it sounds like those larger maps were wider than the full width of the Fiesta once opened all the way. Did you have to stop and get out of the car any time you had to consult the thing?

    • Frequent stops!  The overall map was very large and I had to keep folding it "against the grain" if you know what I mean.  That's why it ended up in tatters.

  5. The journey down to the Pyrenees would have been a real expedition in those times before the massive autoroute network was complete; just getting around Bordeaux could have taken hours.

    I love the Michelin and the IGN maps – they give a context for a journey missed by a SatNav

    • Context is the perfect word.

      I remember that Bordeaux had a ring road which wasn't too bad but that was followed by one road that must have been all of 80 miles that was dead straight for virtually its entire length.  It was the most boring road I have ever driven!

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