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Art comes from the most unexpected places sometimes.  For example, take a look at some of the urban maps below.  Upon a drab canvas of criss-crossing streets and empty spaces are a web of vibrant lines that resemble colored pencil marks, practically jumping off the page.  The deep red pathways are like the lifeblood of the city, pumping through its avenues as the city’s residents rush to work, or to dinner, or the theater.  We can see the cultural and economic activity of each city by these highlighted pathways, and we almost don’t need a tourist map.  These pathways are the ones we instinctively know we want to be on.

Manhattan (via http://gizmodo.com/these-maps-plot-the-most-interesting-places-and-the-pat-1701085711)

These maps were created by Eric Fischer over the past five years, and are assembled at his Geotaggers’ World Atlas site.  There, he explains how he used data to create such beautiful maps.  First, he scanned through Flickr to determine where…

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With the Tour de France in Yorkshire this week, we’ve been inspired to pay a visit to stunning Dales; land of tea, Emmerdale and Yorkshire Puddings. With its dramatic landscapes, beautiful scenery and historic cities North Yorkshire is a great destination to get away for the week and with local pride at an all-time high there’s no better time to go! Whether you want a rural break in the countryside or a lively city break (or both), then ee by gum does Yorkshire have plenty to offer.

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The Rudding Park hotel and spa in Harrogate is one of the top rated hotels in North Yorkshire, and with its grand country manor house set amongst beautifully landscaped gardens and woodlands it’s easy to see why. This popular wedding destination has a selection of luxury rooms, including a spa rooms and decadent suites for those wishing to indulge – speaking of which, the award winning restaurant is not to be missed. For those looking for a more rustic stay, have a look at Bivouak in Masham, which offers a charming combination of luxury and down to earth – literally – these sustainable and thoughtful Timber Shacks and Yurts are all natural (many don’t have electricity so bring a torch), and are the perfect way to get back in touch with nature, especially with their unrivalled access to the dales, rivers and woodlands.

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Boasting the largest amount of Michelin star chefs in the UK, Yorkshire has a number of great restaurants to choose from. The Black Swan at Oldstead is the only pub in the North of England to have a Michelin Star and 3 AA Rosettes, so it definitely worth a mention. The comfortable, cosy dining room with its antique furniture is beautifully contrasted with the innovative and exquisitely presented contemporary dishes, fusing seasonal classic dishes with artistic flair. Alternatively, the Yorke Arms near Harrogate offers both exquisite dishes from one of the country’s top female Chefs Frances Atkins, and breath-taking scenery across the Nidderdale Valley.

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  • Medieval Yorkshire at Bolton Castle, set right in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. This stunning site bears over 600 years of incredible history, and makes for a fascinating and educational day out. With archery competitions, falconry displays and wild boar feeding, there’s also lots of fun activities to take part in – perfect if you’re travelling with kids.
  • The Dinosaur Coast of Scarborough takes you back in time to when Dinosaurs roamed the earth with displays and interactive activities from the Scarborough Museum Trust. Handle real fossils and walk the path of thousands of years of history.
  • The Ethereal Magic of Dalby the Great Yorkshire Forest makes for a perfect day out on the moors, with walking trails and activities for people of every age and ability, including a Go Ape and bike trails.
  • One of the world’s Top 10 Greatest Mansions and Grand Houses, Castle Howard is Yorkshire’s finest historic house and estate. This 18th Century residence has over 1000 acres of incredible scenery surrounding it, and houses many traditional enterprises to maintain its incredible grounds. With world renowned collections, stunning architecture and a rich history, Castle Howard is well worth a visit.
  • The incredible landscapes and rich history of Fountains Abbey is one of North Yorkshires most beautiful locations, and with a Cistercian Abbey, Georgian Water Garden and Medieval Deer Park this stunning place takes you on an elegant journey across the ages of English Heritage.

 

With so much to see and do in North Yorkshire, you may find yourself wanting longer than a week in its awe-inspiring landscapes. We hope you’re feeling inspired to pay a visit to the beautiful north – if you decide to go make sure you let us know what you get up to at @MapMarketingUK and send us some pictures!

LayoutFamous for its world class university, which has seen eight centuries of scholars, scientists, philosophers and explorers pass through its decadent halls, the city of Oxford is a great location for a stylish and cultural weekend away. This charming city perfectly blends its medieval heritage with modern city vibes, and manages to have everything you could look while feeling cosy and intimate.

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Malmaison Oxford is located in the heart of the city, in the castle walls to be exact. The former gaol has been transformed into a stunning luxury hotel, complete with fabulous restaurant (try the Mal Burger, it’s truly decadent comfort food at its best) and the MALBAR, which serves up expertly mixed quirky and classic cocktails. Or check out the Old Bank Hotel on the High Street, a stunningly designed hotel in a great location with views over the Bodelian Library, Radcliffe camera and All Souls College. This Georgian property feels spacious and airy, and is decorated with the owner’s private art collection.

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The Ashmolean Dining Room, a recent addition to the famous museum in a truly spectacular location. This rooftop restaurant offers a menu of authentic European dishes, accompanied by some fantastic wines from around the world. Or wander down to the riverside and pay a visit to The Cherwell Boathouse Restaurant, where you can enjoy exciting dishes and an incredible wine list while listening to the gentle ebb and flow of the river, the soft splashes of punts idling by, and the soft thud of the dragon school cricket schools. Plus, every now and again you get to see a poor punting novice fall in the river.

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  • The elegant architecture of the colleges- in particular Christchurch, also known as ‘The House’. With its beautiful exterior it’s no wonder that this aristocratic college has been featured in a number of films, including Harry Potter, and it’s also where Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland taught maths.
  • The Thames on a punting trip – and test your sense of balance with a punt down the river – or sit back and let someone else take the wheel (pole?), and drift lazily past the university meadows.
  • Everything, at the Pitt Rivers Museum – which holds one of the most impressive collections of anthropology and archaeology from all over the world and throughout history. Started by Lieutenant-General Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt, this incredible museum holds a vast array of weird and wonderful items from around the globe, including ethnic masks, jewellery, mummies and shrunken heads…
  • The spooky history of Oxford Castle – which has over 1000 years of history, including a stint as a prison. Tours of the castle are brought to life by tour guides depicting characters from the prison’s history in full period dress (watch out for Isaac Darkin the Rock ‘n’ Roll Highwayman), making this a great day out for the whole family.

Have we inspired you to pay a visit to the historic university town of Oxford? Let us know what you get up to on your trip by sending your pictures to @MapMarketingUK and we might feature them!