Illustrator Olimpia Zagnoli began working on this series for publisher Taschen three years ago. The first book was 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada. Zagnoli worked closely with a team at Taschen to create the whole package of the book, picking the colors, designing the maps and choosing icons appropriate to each city. “We needed a good balance between monuments, food, skylines and people to make it look homogeneous,” said Zagnoli. Approaching this second book, 36 Hours: 125 Weekends in Europe was a little easier, she reported, because they had already built the basis for it with the previous one. “I particularly liked working on Europe because I had visited many of the destinations, so I could put a little bit more of myself into drawing them. The most fun part though was discovering places I’ve never even heard of and trying to imagine what color describes them or what’s the spirit of each place. The book itself is a beautiful object, I love the choice of the fabric cover and the lovely detail of colored bookmarks. Everyone seems to enjoy it very much, and it’s just the perfect gift for people of all ages.”

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