The Map Project – Sofia, Bulgaria


Please enjoy this installment of The Map Project, brought to you by Rhiannon.

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This is the Bulgaria Coat of Arms

This is the Bulgaria Coat of Arms

Romania is to the north of Sofia and Macedonia to the west.  Greece and Turkey are to the south and the Black Sea is to the east.  Bulgaria has a population of 7.4 million people.

Bulgaria is the oldest country in Europe that hasn’t changed its name. Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria was founded 7000 years ago!  This makes it the 2nd oldest city in Europe!

Sofia, is the only big city in Europe that is just 15 minutes away from Vitosha – a huge mountain. Black Peak (Cherni Vrah), is 2290 metres at its highest peak.  You can hike and ski on this mountain.

When the first McDonald’s opened in 1994, people would stay for hours! They had to  put up a sign, ‘Buy. Eat. Go.’ and imposed a one-hour time limit!

Eeva loved Sofia, Bulgaria because it was so pretty and the people were very nice to her.

Rhiannon :o)

The following photos are taken and owned by Eeva Valiharju/Wanders The World

An former thermal bath in Sofia

An former thermal bath in Sofia

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia

Statue of St Sofia - this statue replaced one of Lenin

Statue of St Sofia – this statue replaced one of Lenin

The Map Project – Dublin, Ireland


Today’s Map Project installment is by Kieran. He will be showcasing Dublin, Ireland. Thanks Kieran!

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Eeva has now visited many places in Europe but never Ireland – until now when she decided to venture there.  During her time there she sent text messages to us saying how much she loved it and that she would go back. It is a great place to visit in Europe

Serious St Patrick's Day face with fun tattoos

Serious St Patrick’s Day face with fun tattoos

Dublin , is the largest city in all of Ireland with a population of 1,110627 and it covers 44.5 square miles of land. Eeva had planned to be in Ireland for St. Patricks Day. There was a huge festival with a giant parade that has a lot of cool venues to visit. Eeva really enjoyed the parade a lot.  She sent us a great picture of her all dressed up for St. Patty’s Day.  Did you know that Dublin has two different names? The first is Baile Atha Cliath meaning Ford of the Reed Hurdels, and the second is Dubh Linn, which means Black Pool.

Entrance to The Guinness Storehouse

Entrance to The Guinness Storehouse

In 1759, Arthur Guinness made the deal of his life when he rented a brewery for 45 pounds annually and took it for 9000 years!!! It is now were the legendary beer Guinness is made daily. There is 10 million pints of Guinness made there every day. Did you know that Dubliners drink 9 800 pints of Guinness beer in a hour between the hours 5:30pm Friday, and 3:00am on Sunday?!

The O’Connell Bridge in Dublin was originally built in 1801 but then it was re-built in 1863 and it’s still standing today. Also the O’Connell bridge is the only bridge in the world to be the same width as the length, 50 meters by 50 meters.

Trinity College lit up green for St Patrick's Day

Trinity College lit up green for St Patrick’s Day

Dublin was founded by Vikings in 9th century in an area that they called “Norse Kingdom of Dublin.”  Dublin has the youngest population in all of Europe with 50% of the population is under 25 year of age. Ireland’s Book of Kells is a sacred manuscript, which consists of the gospels of the new testament. The beautiful, gold book was made by Celtic Monks around 800 AD, and it now lies in Trinity College Library.

Eeva made many new friends in Dublin through Couch Surfing and through her hostel. I know Eeva had a great time in Dublin and that she would go back!  Eeva’s next adventure is in Berlin.

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All photos taken and owned by Wanders The World/Eeva Valiharju

The Map Project – Berlin, Germany


Here is the next installment of The Map Project. Below is a photo of my contributors and the map they follow. Today we will be hearing from Deklan and his impressions of Berlin, Germany. Thanks Deklan and I wish I had tried the pastry.

The Map Project and the cool authors of it's posts

The Map Project and the cool authors of it’s posts

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Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Hi. It’s Deklan. Eeva flew from Dublin to Berlin on March 23, 2015. Her arms must have been tired!

When she was in Berlin, she sent us a picture of the Brandenburg Gate.  It looked really  big and cool.  Berlin is the capital city of Germany.  It has a population of 3.5 million people. It is Germany’s largest city.  It has an area of 899 square km. It is 9 times bigger than Paris.

The Berliner is a famous pastry. It is a doughnut filled with marmalade. Wow! Those sound good!

A portion of the Berlin Wall left standing

A portion of the Berlin Wall left standing

Berlin has more bridges then Venice- yep. Really. Berlin has around 1700 bridges.  The East Side Gallery is a 1.3 kilometer section of Berlin wall.  It is painted with 101 images by artists from 21 countries. It is the longest open air gallery in the world.

Berlin has 175 museums too. And Berlin has the largest train station in all of Europe.

After Berlin, Eeva travelled to Prague, Czech Republic!

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All photos owned by Wanders The World/Eeva Valiharju

The Map Project – Bath, England


Please enjoy the next installment of The Map Project. Today’s post is by Rhiannon. It’s  filled with fun family ideas for the Bath region. Thanks Rhiannon!

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River Avon, Bath, England

River Avon, Bath, England

Bath was one of the first places Eeva went to after her house sitting job in Yorkshire.  I thought I might say a few of things of what you can do with kids in Bath.

(Please check out Eeva’s blog post of March 5/15 all about her time at the Thermae Spa)

One of the cool things I would like to do, is go the Farleigh Hungerford Castle because there are hidden treasures you have to find when you visit there.  Also, is a partially ruined fortified mansion and gardens that were occupied for 300 years by the Hungerford family. And today, their intriguing yet sometimes gruesome stories are told through graphic interpretation panels and a free audio tour!

Another activity is The Hope Nature Centre. It is home to some very special and rare breeds. Such as alpacas, Hebridean sheep, donkeys and Shetland ponies. As well, as chickens! They also have small animals such as geese and rabbits. A variety of birds in the aviaries.   There is also a fairy wood where they have developed a number of mystical and fantasy areas just for kids!

Brokerswood Country Park has lots to and see and is suitable for all ages. There are adventure playgrounds for kids plus beautiful woodland walks to enjoy.

Other places I would enjoy visiting would be Writhlington Sports and Leisure Centre or the Bath City Farm!  These are just a few things I would want to do if I went to Bath.  Thanks for listening to my blog post. See you next time!