I came across this site a little while back, but I haven’t yet gotten around to blogging about it. Today I am.
It’s called They Draw and Travel, and it’s essentially a collection of hand-drawn maps of cities all over the world (with "map" being loosely defined, in some cases). The maps are submitted by regular folks, folks who like to travel and like to make art.
When I say map, I don’t mean something you take with you and rely on to navigate a city (unless you are visiting cartoon land). These works are more like artistic expressions of the places the artists have traveled. Some of the maps have streets and landmarks named, others depict people or buildings or moods, at least one has a unicorn.
There’s one of EF College Break’s hometown of Boston.
There are a bunch of Paris.
There’s one I quite like of London.
You can browse the maps by country, via a useful world map feature. Or you can do a keyword search. Or you can randomly browse. And, of course, you can submit your own work.
I think this site is cool. Looking at people's artistic impressions of their travel experiences leaves me with a pleasant feeling. As I see it, travel inspires creativity, and creativity inspires travel. I like both of these things.