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Michelin Map The World 13701 (Laminated, Rolled) (Maps/Wall (Michelin)) Map – Wall Map, January 1, 2007
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Publisher of travel guides, maps and atlases, Michelin Travel & Lifestyle offers a complete travel portfolio. Where to go, how to get there, where to eat & stay, and what to see & do ... all in one collection with extensive international & domestic coverage, especially for Europe. Our series includes Michelin (Red) Guides, Green Guides, Must Sees and Michelin maps and atlases.
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The map is of very high quality and based on my measurements, its dimensions are: 4.5ft by 3.5ft. Make sure you have enough wall space!
[2014 update: an Amazon customer just wrote me to let me know the map no longer has the ½" extra laminate around the edge].
Now, as to the map itself ... one thing I look for in a world map is that it have some approach for de-emphasizing the spreading out that occurs in 2-dimensional world maps toward the poles. You've seen maps where Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and Russia each look like they're being presented via a carnival mirror. That's something that a globe, in all its spherical wonderfulness, handles perfectly well, and it's a challenge to deal with on a 2D basis. Most world maps just give in and bloat those regions near the poles. This map? Well, it makes some effort. Those regions are expanded, but the presentation does as good a job as might reasonably be done for a 2D map that still presents the geography on a continual basis (rather than segregating the far north and far south regions into separate areas). And, while the arctic regions are huge on the main map, separate views of those shown in the map's lower left rectify that.
Country borders are clear due to a decent use of colors, although it's a bit too pastel. Use of some more primary colors would help make boundaries more distinct. Large-ish cities are represented by white dots, and world capitals are rep'd by black dots, a nice touch. So too is a presentation of time zones in the map's lower right.Read more ›
*Lists country and state/province/territory capitals.
*Lists populations and other fun facts near country flags which line top/bottom.
*Grid locations near flags so you can quickly locate a country on the map.
As others have commented, it IS very large, so make sure you have room for it!
My one complaint is that the laminate is a little cheaper than I expected... a pushpin accidentally tore through the corner with very little tugging when I was putting it up. Still, it's not terrible and a very very nice map for this price!
I'm even buying another one to put up in my home office.
Another comment: Amazon has alternately listed as "available in 1 week, available in 1-2 months, available March XX" as I researched maps over the past week and a half. I ended up ordering it direct from Amazon anyway (because the sellers gave me really lame emails responses when I had questions, and I was more comfortable with the speed/efficiency of a return through Amazon themselves if it had been necessary) and it ended up shipping within a day or two and was here within a week.
Great product, and great service from Amazon as usual!
laminated surface not only allows writing with white board pens, but also prevents the map from sagging!
the latter is a welcome "side effect" - in the past I usually had to re-tighten unsightly sagged maps after a while, creating additional holes in the map and/or the wall.
Not so with this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
LOVE this map and have it on the wall in my office and just a nice map, well made and large enough to see countries. We often use it for reference and so glad I got it.Published 17 days ago by ROSEMARIE
Nice laminated world map. I was looking for a big one like this, and was happy to get this one. Just what I wanted.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Apparently some people are receiving a different item than the one I received. I purchased this map solely because others had stated and shown that it was laminated. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
For everyone who is like me and wondering is it laminated or is it not...it IS. I took a picture to hopefully put an end to the debate which nearly convinced me to not buy this... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sandra
Great map! Vibrant colors, clear labeling. All around excellent. I can't wait to use it to track all the places I've traveled! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amy