Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Explore Europe with Eurostar & Google Maps

Europe by Eurostar

Eurostar, the high speed rail link that connects the UK to mainland Europe, have created a new website to highlight some of the great cities that you can visit by train and to provide tips on what you can see and do when you get there.

The site's home page features a Google Map, which allows you to navigate to all of the featured cities. This works fine, as long as you know the location of your European cities. If you don't you can always zoom in. Some marker tool-tips however would greatly enhance navigation. It would be nice if you could just mouse-over a map marker to see which city it redirects to.

The city pages each come with their own Google Map. The maps feature colour-coded map markers to show points of interest in the city. The categories include Art & Culture, Food & Drink, Music & Nightlife, Fashion & Beauty and Events.

Some cities at the moment are a little lacking in points of interest. Eurostar do say that they would love you to tell them about your own discoveries, so I'm guessing that they are planning to populate the maps with user generated tips and advice.

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