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Question about Rick Steves Europe Map

I have a RS map of Europe that I purchased 2 years ago. I was looking at it last night and noticed something that I hope some of you can explain. In the North Sea between Norway and Scotland the following words are printed:
El Escorial / Madrid / Toledo
They are in a different font than the rest of the map and each is in a different size. I have no clue why these places are listed in the middle of the ocean. Maybe it's a typo. If you have one of these maps, take a look and see if you have an answer. Thanks.

Posted by
5937 posts

That is so funny! I just got a RS Europe map as a gift for donation to public tv. It is not on mine so my guess is that it was a typo and since corrected.

Posted by
1420 posts

I don't have that particular map, but I love the ones I have. .... the way they emphasize tourist sites, etc. The coating makes for a good emergency table cloth on the train, and if you want to mark yr route for souvenir purposes, fine pt sharpies are perfect.

Posted by
173 posts

It’s not on my 2005 map; El Escorial is its proper place just outside of Madrid. Collectors item!

Posted by
418 posts

I just looked over the fine print on the map and it has a 2015 copyright.

Posted by
85 posts

I purchased my maps a few years ago, so I just took a look. Yes, mine has that error too. Never noticed it before. :)


Posted by
3198 posts

I wonder if it’s as valuable as a 24¢ inverted Jenny airmail stamp?

Posted by
16894 posts

Once we received corrected reprints, we stopped selling that version and started giving it free to Consulting customers. No maps were destroyed, so it will take a while for these to become rare and valuable.

Posted by
33126 posts

"no maps were hurt in the making of this show"