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Nr 7, 2007, (c)RouteYou
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Odos News-Flash

Reoccurring items

Hiptriptip

Trip-advice of the month

Faros

RouteYou-group in the spotlight

Knuggets

Past route-knuggets

Pytheas's choice

Globespot of the month

Nadar's picture choice

Gluring Turing

The Techy-spot

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Hiptriptip

A route in the spotlight

The route of this month had to be related to the Tour de France. We selected a route linked ot the  Mont Ventoux . The route is created by  Tomislaw



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If you still need a few ideas for citytrips during your holiday or you want to share a few ideas, check out the group 'Top things to do in a city



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Faros

RouteYou-ers in the spotlight

Foto aThe author Nemook created a great set of routes in Great Britain. You can find and download them via his group Cycling-Britain

Knuggets

Past route-knuggets



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Pytheas's choise

Globespot of the month

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Every month, we ask somebody to be a modern Pytheas and tell us something about the most amazing place they have ever experienced, and explain why this is!

Globespot of the month: Bagan, Myanmar (the former Burma)

The Pytheas of this month is a Pytheas-couple: Deborah De Bleyser and Aksel De Meester. After a long stay in Asia, they settled in the quiet burrough along the river De Schelde in Ghent. We asked them to go through their  whole archive of pictures, maps and travelbooks to pick their Pytheas-spot. Bagan in Myanmar is their choise. Here you can read why. Great thanks for sharing this with us!


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Bagan, Myanmar

Picuture: Deborah De Bleyser and Aksel De Meester
Mandalay: once the capital of the Burmese empire, now a rather small, but bustling city, interesting for its old palaces, an original wooden monastery, ‘the world’s biggest book’ (729 small buildings housing large stone slabs, inscribed with one long story), authentic Bamar cuisine and colourful markets.
With Bagan as next goal, we could have left Mandalay by boat – 14 hours on the river Ayeyarwady - but decided to take the road and make the journey at our own pace.
It was the peak of the hot, dry season with no sign of the April monsoon yet. Sometimes the scenery was barren, but at other times when close to the water, we drove through the most luscious green fields. We had some unexpected stops, as we got invited to a posh party with food and music for two kids entering the monastery for their noviciate.

 Bron: Aksel & Debo

Picutures: Deborah De Bleyser and Aksel De Meester

We made side trips to touristy places: the longest teak wooden bridge in the world, leading to a palace which had disappeared ages ago, and Mount Popa, a paya situated on a high, steep rock, but looking like the dwelling of a fairy tale princess. Climbing numerous stairs we saw zedis, shrines and Buddhas and enjoyed some splendid views.

In Mandalay we had still seen a handful of cars, although we had mostly been surrounded by double cycle rickshaws and buses, overloaded with colourful women, children in their uniforms, monks with their black begging bowls. Once outside the city, however, we hardly saw another motorized vehicle. We passed ox carts carrying the yields of the day, horse carts serving as a taxi, people cycling along the way, and so many people just walking with their baskets. Every single minute of that journey was a discovery. And then, in the early evening we reached…

Bagan: an area of about 40 km² dotted with literally thousands of payas of the 11the to 13th century. The view was splendid, the atmosphere unreal, the site seemed deserted. We tried to imagine how it would have looked like in its flourishing period, when all these payas were decorated, had wooden monasteries and palaces attached, and the place was crowded with pious visitors. All to discover in the next two days… This is our Pytheas spot.


Are you our next Pytheas of the Month? Tell us  about the most amazing globe-spot you have ever experienced! Or alternatively, ask a friend who you think has a favourite globe-spot and would like to share it with the RouteYou community.

Nadar's Choice

Picture of the month

Who is Nadar?

Foto We selected the picture of this month from the RouteYou group Limburgs land.
I titled it 'Rest before or after a great walk'. You want to have that experience too? Try out one of their walks in the Netherlands.


Gluring Turing

Techy-spot of the month

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Every month, we nominate a more technical item here which is linked to RouteYou activities, directly or indirectly. We have named this item in honor of Alan Turing.

GapMinder: 

Gapminder

Did you find a route or a Pytheas spot from a country you don't know much about? And you would like to know more about that country? Check out Gapminder! GapMinder is a web-tool that displays the evolution of a country using statistics and compares it with other countries. Sounds boring? Well try it out and let the graph get you! It's ideal to get very fast a rough idea about the situation of a country vs other countries you know. This is also a great teaching tool!
Soon, you will be able to add your own dataset!

Also Google 'noticed' this great application, and soon they will offer it in the Google framework. So far, it's only in beta, but already great to give it a try! 

Here you can find more information about Gapminder!

Check out also this presentation of the founding father of Gapminder: Professor Hans Rosling: very entertaining and you learn something too!






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