Streetwise Paris Map - Laminated City Center Street Map of Paris, France Map – Folded Map, February 1, 2016
This map covers the following areas:
Main Paris Map 1:14,000
Paris Metro Map
Map of France
There are more clichés about Paris than there are tourists at the Louvre, but the fact is that underneath each overused hackneyed cliché is a glistening kernel of truth. The City of Light, the City of Love and the City of Romance, familiar platitudes, but once you experience it for yourself you understand why. There is a je ne sais quoi allure to this city that beguiles, but never completely reveals what makes it so universally appealing. Artists, poets, writers, and composers have tried to define exactly what it is about this place, and yet they succeed only to a point. Perhaps it is as elusive as defining love, for to be in Paris entails experiencing love, about someone, something, some place.
There is so much to do - you know the big ones, the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, Sacre Coeur, St. Germain des Pres, the Left Bank, the Right Bank, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysées, the Opéra- but don’t miss the fun of discovering the small ones, the ones off the beaten path. Nothing like taking your time strolling thru the turn of the century mansion that houses Musée Marmottan then enjoying a café and patisserie in the museums jewel box café.
Wandering aimlessly is romantic. Getting lost isn’t romantic. In fact there are few things that can drain the romance out of a situation faster than realizing that you’re hopelessly lost. So take your travel map and put it away if you want to wander, but have no fear that your wandering will turn into a lost odyssey. You can always pull out the STREETWISE® Paris Map and get yourself pointed back in the right direction.
Paris is not without faults. Sometimes people can be rude, but that’s the case anywhere in the world - be it a large city or small village. You get what you give. And in the case of Paris, as with any true love, you accept the flaws with the charms, the weaknesses with the strengths. In the end the true beauty of Paris will surpass any blemish. Life from a Parisian perspective is beautiful. But that’s another cliché, isn’t it?
Our pocket size map of Paris is laminated for durability and accordion folding for effortless use. The STREETWISE® Paris map is one of many detailed and easy-to-read city street maps designed and published by STREETWISE®. Buy your STREETWISE® Paris map today and you too can navigate Paris, France like a native. For a larger selection of our detailed travel maps simply type STREETWISE MAPS into the Amazon search bar.
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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.
- Publisher : Streetwise Maps (February 1, 2016)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0935039252
- ISBN-13 : 978-0935039252
- Item Weight : 2.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 3.75 x 0.25 x 8.5 inches
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The map was very accurate and we never found anything wrong with any of the street names or any of the markers. There is a lengthy list of streets, hotels and parks as well with a guide to tell you where that particular place is on the grid.
So you might be asking, why do I need a map if I have a phone with GPS? The answer is simple - there is really nothing like having it all laid out in front of you so you can plan your day relative to where everything you want to see is. The problem with using a phone is the coverage is sometimes spotty and the screen is so small it is hard to tell how far things are. We definitely used our phones' GPS apps to find places but having a map was extremely useful in planning out our itinerary and it was nice to pull out when we wanted to find a rail station.
This is my review rating system:
5 Stars: Awesome! I would definitely purchase this product again.
4 Stars: Great but not perfect I would probably buy this again but I had a few issues with it!
3 Stars: Good and would look around to see if I could find something better before I repurchased.
2 Stars: Not Good and would not buy again.
1 Star: Stay Away! Not worth anything you pay for it.
The only negative(s)about the map wasn't a negative for us and probably won't be an issue for the average visitor to Paris. That is that, although it covers a lot of Paris, it doesn't cover the very outreaching sections of the city. If you plan on spending a month in the city, you may want a more detailed map, but it's not an issue for the average tourist. As some have stated, the map is divided up onto two sides. You have to flip the map periodically depending upon where you're going in the city. This was NOT a problem for us and I doubt the average person would think it was either.
For the average tourist, this map will do you just fine. It covers everything you want to see and do and it's very user friendly. We liked it so much, we purchased a Streetwise Map for our trip to Seattle this summer!
It is obviously very durable, especially in the rain, but it takes a little getting used to since Paris is sliced into 3 sections and you have to get the gist of how they fit together. It opens up wide to be very legible, but with all the warnings about local pickpockets, I didn't want to look like a tourist. One thing that was spectacular: it lists the names of all the metro stations alphabetically so you can quickly find its map coordinates. That was a very handy feature.
It details the whole city and is best used by a 'flaneur' a la Edmund White's excellent book. Before we left, I thought that's exactly how we'd see Paris, but in reality there were so many major sites to cover in our six days that we stuck with those (which are easy to find using street maps which all the hotels have).
'Flaneur'-ing (if that is a word) will have to wait until our next visit. Then this map will become critical.
A couple of times when I attempted to ride my bike to Pere LaChaise cemetery, I found I could circle it and kept ending up just off the map and totally unable to orient myself. Maybe it is all the wine you will drink. I dunno.
No matter, it is Paris and there is always something cool you will discover and always a good cafe/bar where you can sit and drink while you struggle to find where you went wrong on the map. I think using a map for Paris probably just interferes with the whole attitude. It is all beautiful. Just enjoy wherever you are at.
Top reviews from other countries
The map is of central Paris, one side goes from the edge of the Bois du Boulogne to the Gare de Lyon and the start of the street index. The other side has two add ons to the main map, going south and north, a respectable sized metro map and more street index.
One of the other reviewers says it is confusing, but I think once you know a bit about Paris then you will have less problems, you know roughly where you want to look and then its compact size and detail are fantastic.
The real bonus of this map is it is light, folds down small, about a third of an A4 sheet, and is laminated and amazingly robust. I have had maps disintegrate on me in one rainy tourist day, I am sure you can wreck a Streetwise map but one day's rain isn't going to do it.
Well worth the money!