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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 07:56 AM
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Paris Maps question

Hello! I think what I am looking for is probably a tall order, but if anyone would know if such a thing exists, I figure it would be you folks!
This will be our third trip to Paris, and we plan to spend a lot of time poking around smaller sites, stores that have been recommended, things we have missed in the past. Since we don't want to miss them again, I was hoping to find an online tool/map where I could plug in an address, and it would mark it on a map for me. Then hopefully we could print in out for our trip, and be able to plan our day and not miss some of these great things! Also handy when you find yourself someplace unintended, to see what is around.

thanks in advance!
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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 07:59 AM
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Google maps does this fairly well, though I do find it a bit tricky to print exactly the area I want.
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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 08:01 AM
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For finding places on a map, www.pagesjaunes.fr.

But for adding a point to a map and combining them on a single map, you'd need to do something with Google maps. I'm not quite sure how you would manage the labelling in a way that you could print, though. You'd probably do as well using Pages Jaunes and sticking notes on a paper map.
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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 08:11 AM
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http://www.ratp.fr/itineraires/fr/ratp/quartier/plan

The newer version is a little trickier, but you can get a map, by entering address or station, that will show Metro, bus and RER.

I have one that will show the route of any bus line if you need it.
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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 08:11 AM
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Just get an inexpensive detailed map of Paris and mark it up with a Sharpie. Not everything needs to be done on a computer.
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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 08:16 AM
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You can also enter a point of interest.

However I agree with StCirq. Get a Paris Mapguide. I carry this along with Le Bus, the bus guide.
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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 09:29 AM
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http://www.communitywalk.com

easy to mark all the places that interest you
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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 10:10 AM
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If you decide to go with the Google Maps suggestion, FYI you can print out your markers. If you don't have one already, create a (free) gmail account, which provides you access to a lot of Google tools. (I have one even though I don't use it as my email address LOL.) Then you can create and save your own maps. There's an option when you print whether or not to show markers.

CommunityWalk looks very interesting - thanks for the link PA!
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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 10:11 AM
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This map is indispensable. I know it's expensive here but it might be cheaper to pick it up in Paris at FNAC. Every street is listed and every bus and metro line is on an overlay,

http://www.amazon.com/Plan-Paris-par.../dp/0785991824
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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 10:14 AM
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Just checked it's 8 Euro at FNAC

http://livre.fnac.com/a1048727/Colle...arrondissement
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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 10:15 AM
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avalon, I still have my first "Paris par" from the 80's! Very battered, and the M1 only ran from Porte Maillot to Porte de Vincennes, among other shortcomings, but I still find it indispensible. Here in NYC, there's a travel bookstore near the Morgan Library that sells them. But I wouldn't want to mark mine up with a sharpie!
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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 11:07 AM
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Yours beats mine by a few years!
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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 11:20 AM
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I use MS Autoroute. I started a Paris map about ten years ago and annotate/update it ahead of every trip. Everything is on one map. I print sections of the map (neighborhoods) for folding up and tucking into a pocket. Any section/destination can also be sent to my smartphone. Sometimes, software is worth every penny for the features and convenience.

Before that, I'd make notes in the Paris Mapguide, but after a while, it's full of places you don't need with no room to make additional notes.

Agree "plan de quartier" maps on RATP are also very useful.
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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 11:24 AM
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That reminds me - of course Google Maps can be sent to your smartphone. And with my Nexus One, it's all seamless!
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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 11:27 AM
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Thanks for all of the suggestions-- off to play with Community Walk-- looks like fun!

I have a paper "tourist" map from a previous trip -- but it does not have all the detail I would like, and it's a bit weak from already being loved! I figured a digital map could get the level of detail I need, and I could print them out based on where we planned to explore for the day.

I will let you know if it works!
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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 11:30 AM
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And 8 euro versus 39.95 on Amazon?! I feel like I should pick up a few and start selling on ebay, lol!
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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 11:52 AM
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I think it would make more sense just to buy a good map instead of printing off all kinds of maps for each day or place you go. Tourist maps usually don't list all the detail and streets, that's all, but plenty of other pocket maps do. If you can read a map, you don't need to pinpoint things on it or have Google tell you where to go, you can figure it out yourself by looking at the street and address (a good map will have numbers periodically so you know approximate location, my pocket Paris map books all do).
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I think it would make more sense just to buy a good map instead of printing off all kinds of maps for each day or place you go. Tourist maps usually don't list all the detail and streets, that's all, but plenty of other pocket maps do. If you can read a map, you don't need to pinpoint things on it or have Google tell you where to go, you can figure it out yourself by looking at the street and address (a good map will have numbers periodically so you know approximate location, my pocket Paris map books all do).
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Old Jan 15th, 2011, 12:01 PM
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I happen to like Le petit parisien: 3 plans par arrondissement, which is sold at book kiosks as well as FNAC. In addition to a street guide, metro guide and bus line guide, it contains museum information and market information (location and when they are held), location of post offices, etc.
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Old Jan 16th, 2011, 12:03 PM
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Just wanted to say thank you to ParisAmsterdam - Community Walks is exactly what I was looking for! I am having a great time putting together maps for each area! MERCI!
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