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Travelling without guide books. Google maps not accessible anymore

Last week I referred to an article ‘Ditch the guidebook’ in my post and mentioned that I use Google maps to mark all my points of interest and when being abroad I would use an App to have access to my maps . With the GPS function I was able to locate myself in the city and walk down my pins.

Well, happiness has ended and I am back with paper 😦 at least that in style.

Seems that not many people travel the way I do. I keep my eyes constantly open for interesting places; be it for restaurants, cafes, deli shopping, museums, culture, party places and anything with food. Anything I consider ‘good’ goes on my custom Google maps and whenever I go somewhere, I would be ready have great things at hand immediately. Sources are: other travel guides, newsletter, newspaper, friends, Facebook, internet in general, etc.

But I hardly know anyone who does it like that. Seems that most people buy a travel guide and pick things from there.

I am not satisfied with that – I want only my top picks, my personal creme de la creme at hand. Everytime, immediately. I have a good nose for quality, good stuff and trends. A truffle pig doesn’t settle for anything else/less than truffle or bellota (=jamon de bellota) once it tasted it …

As I noticed this weekend in Barcelona; Google stopped this service. Meaning, I can’t synch my maps to my iPhone anymore. Although there is a workaround, but it’s not very handy. I can access my individual cards via the Safari browser on the Google Maps App. But all my special marks and notes are not available.

I have found alternative Apps that I will test. They’re called oMaps, OffMaps, Galileo, OpenMaps and use opensource maps. But as I see from reading the descriptions I can not create custom maps, nor set personal pins nor import other maps. They offer additional service like what is near you and other peoples marks. But I am not interested in other users content, only mine.

Maybe I’m lucky with The Cartographer, I have to find out if they’re also effected by the recent change and if it suits my needs.


Issues with iPhone 4? You need a patch

for your antenna issue. Go to antenn-aid and get your 6 pack. Serious? Yes. Does it work? To be tested. Funny idea? Yes, great irony.

Zurich Brunch Location – Update

Here’s an addition to my post “Zurich’s Brunch location tips“. I stumbled upon a map I’ve made on GoogleMaps some time ago; sometimes I just forget how thorough I did something somewhere else… 🙂

PS: All you ladies put your ballerinas on for this brunch! Note that the Chäsalp has an unconventional price calculation – multiply your height in cm by 21 Rappen (for adults). I would pay 35.70CHF

Update (13.0110): There is a group of people, called Bloodysundaybrunch, who meet once a month for a Sunday brunch in Zurich. You’re welcome to join.

I actually create a lot of maps for my travel trips (Paris, Barcelona, London, New York, etc.) to keep an overview of all the tips I read in magazines, blogs, travel guides and so forth… I create them by category such as culinary, party, eat, sleep, shopping, etc. but I would like to be able to group them also by district/area. Especially handy in big cities. I would like also to have a iPhone app where I could access these maps and combine them with Wikipedia entries depending on my current location. Actually, the iPhone App AroundMe does that! Was very cool in NYC; so I could update my friends on special sites real-time. But I depended on free wi-fi. No problem in NYC but in other cities I hardly have access to free wi-fi spots and roaming can become veeeery expensive. I’ve tried to search a restaurant in BCN on Google Maps via iPhone. It took me about 2-3min and costed 33CHF (USD 32)…

If I could wish from GoogleMaps some other functions; these would it be

  • duplicate a created map
  • move a set point to another map
  • have them available on my iPhone