Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A Jet Lagged Vagabond Walk London: Speedy's Cafe to the British Museum

Back in August I posted a walk on the blog that I created called the Jet Lagged Vagabond's Sherlock Walk. The walk is comprised of all the filming locations in London for the BBC One show Sherlock. I saw all the filming information on the Sherlockology website, and then I cobbled together the locations that I thought would make a nice round walk on Google maps.

While I think the Sherlock walk I created is pretty fantastic (and by that I mean it is a walk I would LOVE to take - and I plan on trying it out this September when I am in London). I wasn't really happy with the way the walk looked on the blog. I am not a computer novice, but by no means am I one of these fancy programmers or able to make the GIFS I see on Tumblr that make me smile.

I have a lot of ideas for walks in a lot of places in the world. And I also would like to just sit down with a map and create a walk from scratch incorporating various themes, food, bars, historic locations, gardens -what have you.

So lucky for me I found a mapping class that was offered on the website Skillshare. I am now taking a class called Map Design: Learn to Communicate Places Beautifully, and these are a few things I have learned to embellish my Google Maps! Get ready for a lot of map posts!

I am revisiting my Sherlock walk to make it look better, and I will use this as my final project in the map class. I have taken a segment of the original walk - Speedy's Cafe to Russell Square and tacked on the British Museum at the end as this is a walk I would like to take when I am in London.

So the first thing I have learned is to embed a Google map into the blog- Huzzah!

View Walking directions from Speedy's to British Museum, London in a larger map

Here in the second attempt I added some icons.

View Speedy's Cafe to the British Museum in a larger map

On the map above I drew the lines myself (letting me plot whatever route I wanted to take) and added in the icons. Oh this is going to be fun!

Now I have learned how to take the Google map into Photoshop Elements and trace over it to make a drawing. Okay so it is not perfect. It may even look like a five year old doodled this, but it can only get better! I think with a little practice I will get going on a style I really like, and I hope to make some of these maps for my upcoming London trip! So now - on to the the final map class project and some practice time!


  1. Hello! I will do the Sherlock walk in May, I think it's great! Have fun with your new class!

  2. Fantastic!! Please let me know how you get on and thanks for the comment!

  3. Cool! Both the idea of the walk and the Map class! That's definitely something I'd be interested in doing! :o)