I don’t know about the rest of you, but taking time to do things just for me don’t happen too often. And when it does, it might stretch to a cup of coffee in an actual cafe with real people around. Doing something just for me that lasts for a couple of evenings in a row? Very, very rare!

The moment I saw this puzzle, however, I knew I had to make time for it, because I simply love the vintage collection of travel books. Would I have a shelf of books on my bookshelf? No – because, dust trap! but I loved the puzzle so much because it has the feel of a bookshelf without the clutter. Ravensburger Puzzle

I built the puzzle as I always do, outside edges first, and then began building the inside layers. It was quite tough actually as while there are couple dozen books, they use a lot of similar colours, but I was able to identify a lot of the books by the landmarks on them. I could of course have looked at the cover for clues, but where’s the fun in that.

Ravensburger Puzzle

The puzzle pieces were quite small and thin, but I must be honest and say I’m generally comparing them to 20-piece puzzles for 3 – 4 year olds, so in that comparison, everything’s small. They hold together well enough and while you have to be careful when moving them, I can’t complain about the puzzle pieces.

I particularly loved the image on this puzzle, so I didn’t want to just break it up and put it back in the box after spending a couple of evenings working on it. I went to a craft shop and bought a large bit of mounting board, which they kindly cut to size for me. I used some good old Bostik glue to stick the the puzzle pieces to the board, and then these brilliant Command strips – which I realised later I’d glued the wrong way round, it still works! – to attach the whole thing securely to the wall without causing any damage to the paint.

Ravensburger Puzzle

I don’t get a whole lot of travel in at the moment, so I’ve popped the vintage travel guide puzzle up by the coats and shoes in the hallway, so every time we leave the house, I can imagine for a moment that we’re off on a big adventure!

We were given this puzzle free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own.

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