Want to donate to a good cause and have a chance to take a $25,000 train trip through Europe? Well have I got the map for you! Map 281 shows the path of the Venice Simplon-Orient Express that the winner and their guest will travel as the grand prize of an Omaze charity contest benefitting organizations that help get disadvantaged youth access to athletic training. Take a look at the route on this simple, beautiful map.
“The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express runs once a year from France to Turkey—and now you’re one of the few people to come aboard! This is much more than a trip across Europe. The restored 1920s carriages are also transporting you back to the Golden Age of Travel. Grab a friend, pack your bags and get ready to embark on this classic journey starting in Paris and traveling along the original route to Istanbul. It’ll begin with you passing through France, Switzerland and Austria while taking in the stunning scenery from your luxurious cabin. As the rail voyage continues, you’ll enjoy private guided tours in Hungary, explore castles in Romania and savor the beautiful countryside of Bulgaria. And don’t forget the daily gourmet meals of local specialties. Between nights in your elegant cabin (complete with personal steward service) and grand European hotels, this will truly be the experience of a lifetime. Flights are on us.”
This grand prize valued at $25,000 could be yours for a minimum donation of just $10. Donate/enter here.
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Map 282 is of an island chain in the Pacific Ocean called the Maldives. I had a teacher one time whose wife was from the Maldives. It’s the only thing I remember about that teacher other than that he was a dreadful teacher. Anyway, the Maldives consists of 1,192 coral islands grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls spread over roughly 35,000 square miles making it one of the world’s most dispersed countries. It is also the lowest country in the world with a maximum natural ground level of only seven feet and ten inches! More than 80 per cent of the country’s land is composed of coral islands which rise less than one meter above sea level. As a result, the Maldives are at high risk of being submerged due to rising sea levels. The UN’s environmental panel has warned that, at current rates, sea level rise would be high enough to make the Maldives uninhabitable by 2100 [Wikipedia].
From what I’ve seen on the internet the Maldives is a beautiful country that just so happens to have half a million inhabitants beyond the roughly 600,000 tourists that visit annually. I feel it would be a massive tragedy should this wonderful destination cease to exist because of man-made climate change. If you agree, please make a change in your daily life that leads to the betterment of the planet we call home. Stop buying bottled water or cut your shower time by a few minutes each week. Buy more recycled products and do a better job sorting your own waste items. That’s all I can ask of the average citizen. Now Congress, on the other hand, Congress is responsible for a hell of a lot more!
Until next time,
Bonus Map Link: Maldives Sheraton Resort Map
Bonus Non-Map Link: VFX Befores and Afters