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Streetwise Paris Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Paris, France Map – Folded Map, February 1, 2016
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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
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
It also had most of the tourist locations we needed and was easy to use. We won't go back without this map. Since it's laminated, you never have to worry about it getting wet.
Also, you'll eventually end up navigating the metros when in Paris, and this was handy for that too. We needed to know where the various gares were, and thankfully this map makes them stand out in blue. You also have your arrondisements clearly noted.
I would recommend this to anyone.
Be sure to get the "Streetwise" map and not the "Artwise" map. The Streetwise series includes an index of street names on the reverse, while the Artwise gives a list of museums & opening times. Index of street names is much more useful.
Also, the "Let's Go" people publish a similar type of map, but the Streetwise covers a greater area.
If you're going to Paris, get this map--it's a necessary, and infinitely helpful, travel companion!
Fine if you want to get only to the hottest tourist spots, but totally inadequate if you want to visit the "tout Paris".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent map to take to Paris.............don't get lost, tuck this into your suitcase.Published 10 days ago by Jinx 151
I carried this everywhere in Paris. It folds nice and slim and is easy to slip in you bag.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
I wasn't sure it would be in good condition as it is used but it's just perfect.Published 14 days ago by SW Home
They are not kidding about "City Center." The map covers only a narrow strip along the river.Published 17 days ago by Ronald D.
Love these maps, use them in every country I go to. Very easy to read, puts all the monuments or focal points so really easy to navigate.Published 18 days ago by Marcella
I got this map based on the reviews on Amazon. First of all, the prints are small so it's hard to read. Read morePublished 19 days ago by LA88
For my granddaughter who is studying Paris and saving to go there1 A needed tool, and I came in way ahead of time. Thank youPublished 19 days ago by Janet C. Abney
This saved our butts in Paris. We were easily able to navigate around Paris and get to all of the spots that we wanted to see.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer