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Streetwise Barcelona Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Barcelona, Spain (Streetwise (Streetwise Maps)) Map – 2012
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'STREETWISE is an absolute travel essential.' --Travel + Leisure Magazine
'In a strange city, your sense of direction is only as good as the map in your hands. The best maps to carry are published by STREETWISE.' --Chicago Daily Herald --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
The company was founded in 1984 by Michael Brown, who had been in international publishing for many years, setting up subsidiaries for textbook publishers. In the 1970’s, Brown traveled extensively throughout Africa, India, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Brown would take a large paper map, cut out the city center, folded it up and slip it into his pocket, thus preventing him from looking like a tourist in areas where discretion is the better part of travel. This was his tool for surviving.
After many years on the road, Brown settled back in New York and decided to start his own business, based on the adaptations he had made to maps in his travels. His goal was to give someone the ability to navigate easily in unfamiliar terrain.
He started with a new map format: the accordion fold. Such a simple idea, but at the time it was revolutionary. No more struggling to fold an awkward, oversized paper map. This new format would enable the user to blend in like a native, instead of stick out like a tourist. Brown then added lamination to ensure that the map would be a lasting tool.
More important than the format was the design of the map itself. It had to be a map that not only succeeded above and beyond any map he had used, but was esthetically appealing as well. The look of it had to be as striking as the functionality. Color was introduced in a way that was never seen before in a map - vivid purple for water, soothing gray for the background of street grids, gold to highlight elements of the map. Clarity, conciseness and convenience in a very stylish package.
Building the business was a 24 hour job. Brown sold the maps during the day, zipping around Manhattan making deliveries on his Harley Davidson. At night he packed the orders and did the design work. More titles were added, each title requiring months of research and design.
Today, STREETWISE® produces over 130 titles for major destinations, regions and countries throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom and Asia. We have grown from the back of a motorcycle to selling millions of maps around the world.
Yet each title is still painstakingly researched and updated. STREETWISE® is one of the only, if not THE only map company that conducts research by walking or driving an area to ensure accuracy. After all, what good is the map if what you hold in your hands doesn’t match what you see on the street sign? This lengthy fact checking results in superior accuracy; in effect, we’ve done the work, now you have the adventure.
In the end, it’s not about the map, it’s about getting out and finding your own authentic experience wherever you go. It’s about being in a city or a region and discovering things that you never thought you would find. You can do this if you have confidence and you have confidence if you have a great map. STREETWISE® is the great map that you need.
Top Customer Reviews
you sometimes have to give up other features, or scale them
back. Perhaps this is the issue with this map.
The Streetwise map of Barcelona is designed so that it will
easily fit in your pocket or purse. It is plastic or plasticized
paper, so it is sturdy. But what is lost is detail. For example,
the street in the Ravel where I will be renting an apartment is
not shown on the map.
The map does show the subway and bus routes which is nice too.
But if you need detail, you need another map. I highly
recommend the Rough Guide maps. They are detailed and
very tough. My survived daily use for two weeks.
Great value. You can't go wrong!
StreetWise split the city into two halves, the Northeast half on one side and the Southwest half on the other. My only complaint, and it's a very minor one, is when flipping the map from one side to the other, the vertical map coordinates are not logical. This, however, should not have any negative affect on the utility of this map.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a gift; he liked it.
We always buy these street maps of major cities before we travel. Read more
streetwise guides are designed well, provide good info and are most useful.Published 3 months ago by Perspectech
I have these maps for various cities. This one, however, seems to be a bit more cumbersome at first glance, with maps of certain districts in smaller print. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Caterina