Maps Company officially launched in USA and Canada…

Here we are ! Our new online store dedicated to printed maps of all kinds (road maps, hiking maps, atlases, etc.) is released – and you are right now enjoying it. We have now over 1,700 different printed maps in stock, available for shipping in the minute, to USA and Canada (we ship from Atlantic Canada, where our headquarters is located).
And this is only the beginning. We are already working with new publishers that will enable us to offer very soon an even broader choice of printed maps and travel guides – our range of wall maps range will grow very quickly.
Stay tuned !

From France to Macedoine

From France to Macedoine

Today we are really happy to have the opportunity to share with you the adventure of two customers of MapsCompany.com, Anne and Benjamin. They have left France a few weekds ago, in february 2013, toward Singapore … by bicycle ! Here is their first contribution to our blog.

It is now almost five weeks since we left our daily life in Lyon (translator’s note : Lyon is a city located in the center of France) to take the road cycling towards Singapore.
Leaving Lyon in February to reach Italy imposes to choose between crossing the Alps in conditions undoubtedly complicated or to circumvent via the Riviera. We opted for the first option : Lyon, Grenoble, Bourg d’Oisans (France) and then cross two passes separating us from Italy (The Lautaret and Montgenèvre).

Skip Lautaret has not been easy. A snowstorm will delay a day our passage, and it is in winter conditions that we cross the obstacle.

Conditions in Montgenèvre (translator’s note : in the french Alps) will prove much more lenient. Crossed the border, we let ourselves down (more or less !) to Turin via Susa.
Anne suffers from rather sharp pain in his left knee, and of course that concerns us strongly for the future. Cold and the altitude of theses first days have immediate consequences!

DSC02504 1 From France to Macedoine travelers blog

In Turin, we choose to ignore the Po Valley by taking a train to Mestre, a town near Venice on the mainland. After a visit to Venice, we take the road towards Trieste in an incredible snowstorm. We will be hosted 30 kilometers after Mestre by a generous Italian family. Definitely a departure in winter has pleasant consequences!
Quickly we arrive at Trieste, a town bordering Slovenia. A mighy wind welcomes us, as we go through Slovenia in one singne day, via Koper (a port city gray and mainly oriented towards the transfer of goods …

March 3rd, 2013

(to be continued)

Anne & Benjamin, from France to Singapore by bicycle.
MapsCompany.com proudly sponsores Anne and Benjamin.

A short overview of New Brunswick

A short overview of New Brunswick

Cetaceans, Acadia, forests, salmon, lobster : here is New Brunswick, in Atlantic Canada …
If a Canadian adventure off the beaten path tempts you, do not miss New Brunswick … Because, it is often easy to leave the beaten track (!) anywhere, especially if you are in possession of one of our great maps :), with very few exceptions, mass tourism has not yet invaded the unknown province.

New Brunswick in a few sentences:

Over an area that can be covered in a few days (driving a lot!), New Brunswick is: the Bay of Fundy and the spectacle of the highest tides in the world (and in the top 5 for the Canadian Parks photography contest, according to National Geographic) and fifteen different species of Cetaceans, a wild Atlantic coast, the Acadian culture and its hospitality, forests crossed by countless rivers teeming with wild salmon (and fishermen …), a seaside resort which is the lobster capital (Shediac), an economic capital full of vitality and good restaurants, unique in Canada cohabitation between the Anglophone and Francophone languages (Moncton, birthplace of the a booming Chiac) …
You will find everything (apart from the dictionary Chiac!) on our excellent road map of New Brunswick, edited by ITM.
You can also bring the map of Eastern Canada by Reise Know How, which covers the provinces of Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.
So, even on the road to Prince Edward Island (PEI or PEI for friends, and for local traffic signs), stop a few days in Alma (Bay of Fundy), Shediac, Bouctouche, Caraquet or Bathurst and make a nature and culture stop that you will remember for a long time.