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Individual and personalized street maps by ALVAR CARTO & sweepstakes (advertisement)

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Map prints are not only very hip, they are an easy way to spruce up and decorate an apartment and give it a personal touch, to keep memories of a honeymoon alive or of the town you were born in or grew up, or simply to honor a city that’s close to the heart for whatever reason.

But most map prints that can be found are only of big cities, there is little to no chance finding a smaller city or maybe even one from Peru, Finland or elsewhere. They also oftentimes don’t offer any customization, no zooming in, no selecting a certain part of the city to be shown on the map or different map styles or even personalized captions and texts.

But fear not, Alvar Carto is here to change the map game with custom printed, personalized map prints that can be designed by the customer themselves.

YOU choose which city or neighborhood will be on your map by selecting the city and zooming in or out, you decide which style and color your map will be, you decide the caption at the bottom of the map – YOU design the map.

And it is easier than 1, 2, 3 – so no fear, their designer section is easy to use and with just a few clicks, you will be able to design your personalized, individual map. The maps are available in different sizes and will be printed upon your order only, no mass production here, your map is one of a kind. They also ship internationally AND, who doesn’t love that, shipping is always free and also super fast. My map arrived within a week of ordering.

The map arrives well packaged and protected, the premium paper is thick and looks and feels very high end, the maps have amazing quality and are just as shown in the designer section of the website.


I couldn’t decide which city I wanted depicted on my custom map – I moved around so much in my life, changed not only cities but countries several times and there was more than one place that I was really attached to.

Should I pick the city I was born in, or what about Lincoln in England, where I studied and had so much fun and learned important life lessons? Or maybe Colorado Springs, where I have spent so many years and where our youngest child had been born?

Decisions, decisions… In the end, I opted for a print of Regensburg in Germany, a city that I had lived in for many years, where I lived when I graduated high school, where I had gotten my first job, went to my first parties and studied and most and foremost – the city where I had met my husband almost 10 years ago.

The map now hangs in our living room and reminds us of when and where we met, but is also a beautiful decoration piece that no one else has in their house.


Now YOU can win one custom map, sized 100 cm x 70 cm and worth 69 Euros, from Alvar Carto – all you need to do is to comment on THIS POST which city you would opt for when designing your custom personalized map.

You can earn an additional entry by following my Instagram and another one by liking my Facebook Page – simply add your username that was used to follow/ like in the comment or send me an email with the info via lostbehindthemirror@gmail.com .

The sweepstake will take place from September, 24th 2018 and end on October, 5th 2018 – the winner will be selected randomly and contacted within a week of the ending of the sweepstake. For rules and regulations, please read further info HERE

Good luck! 

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