In an effort to find more things to do together, Melanie suggested we try putting together a puzzle. She remembered fun times working on various puzzles with her grandmother whenever she’d visit. I haven’t put together too many myself but it sounded like something worth trying. I poked around online looking for a good one when I happened upon the Ravensburger 1665 World Map puzzle. I love maps. I really love old maps. It was 3000 pieces so I knew it would be a challenge. Too much of a challenge? I didn’t really know, but I’d rather have it be too hard than too easy.
Jump forward a little more than a month and the puzzle is now complete. We had fun putting it together but there were times when I had to drag Melanie along to maintain any forward progress. When the last piece was placed, Melanie was really glad we had done it but she also said, “I don’t think we should do another puzzle.”
Overall I was really impressed with the quality of this puzzle. It is easily the nicest one I’ve assembled. Pieces are cut very precisely so there is a certain feel when the right two pieces are interlocked. This is important because the dastardly folks as Ravensburger have made many many pieces that are extremely similar in shape. The image itself is vibrant, clean, and sharp. You can read the tiny text, see the “island” of California, observe blue elephants in Africa, and spy frolicking sea monsters.
A word of warning though. This puzzle is huge! At 48″ x 32″, it required us to put the extra leaf in our dining room table to have enough room for assembly and piece sorting.
If you like puzzles or maps of the world, why not run over to Amazon and grab a copy for yourself?