Believe it or not, but this photo is a page of our navigation system….
Yep! Our old ‘Best Book of the Road‘ (that is the real name) is what we use to navigate ourselves
around Europe when we are travelling by car. It’s full of fold out maps and we love using it.
Old School all the way baby!
We just love using maps to get around. And when in a new city, what’s better than a map?
I mean, even Dora the Explorer can’t go anywhere without her trusty friend Map….
I love actually reading the signs on the road. Connecting them with the lines on the map.
I really do love reading the lines on the map, big or small, they are all directing us to our
point of destination.
Even on a daily basis to find a nearby town or an unknown street, I use a map.
My handy dandy Street Book. You need a street, it’s right there, waiting for me to find it.
A map doesn’t let me down and better yet, it doesn’t talk to me…
You see, navigation systems use The Voice Lady…..
She comes in many accents and I truly find her annoying.
Because when I do decide to use a navigation system, for instance in a rental car,
I always have a discussion with The Voice Lady…..
(“which exit? this one? Oh crap! Just great! They changed the roads! You didn’t know this?!
Honestly, it’s better for my health and sanity if I just use a map….
Some good old fashion common sense, sprinkled with a bit of adventure, I tell you….
it’s a great way to travel or to just find your way around town!
And yes, it might cause some discussions with your other half….
he: “wasn’t that our turn?”
me: “eh….. oops!”
he: “you’re not paying attention! give me that map!”
I know…. never a dull moment if you use the combination Maureen and a map….
Although sometimes we do use The Voice Lady.
Last year, when we went to the UK in December we did use her service.
We were so limited on time, we wanted to get from A to B quickly (his words).
But most of the time, you will see me with a book on my lap, actually reading the road signs
and enjoying the journey, because that’s what it’s all about, enjoying the journey.
And I know we are in the minority here, travelling without a navigation system is
for a lot of people unthinkable.
It’s just that I like a bit of adventure, getting lost and finding something else instead.
Many times we have found a lovely hotel or another great beach and we were happy we’ve got lost.
Although if you ask Sweetheart about the getting lost part, he probably will say something different……
He can’t help himself, he is a man and they like to get somewhere quick I suppose….
We are about to go on another travel journey this week, not by car, so I better get going and
find myself a map of the town, because this country isn’t in Europe….
See you soon!