Which Maps To Buy for France

Jan 2nd, 2013, 07:08 PM
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Michelin has a 1/2 size atlas that has everything the full-size one does too, and that's sometimes easier to use (though of course the territory covered on each page is smaller).
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Jan 3rd, 2013, 07:39 AM
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Yes, that's one of the two Amazons I listed. Myself, I prefer the large format for using and the small one for packing, and using wins.
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Jan 3rd, 2013, 08:28 AM
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My wife found the large format Michelin Road Atlas cumbersome in the car, so I switched to the half-size format. It's less cumbersome in size, but requires more page turning and has twice as many annoying separations at the page fold.
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Jan 3rd, 2013, 08:42 AM
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but requires more page turning and has twice as many annoying separations at the page fold.>>

why is it that everywhere we stay is either on the page fold, or on the edge of the map?
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Jan 3rd, 2013, 08:47 AM
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We must stay at the same places, ann.
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Jan 3rd, 2013, 08:51 AM
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We must stay at the same places, ann.>>

quite possibly, St. Cirq, but so far as i know, not yet at the same time.

unfortunately.
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Jan 3rd, 2013, 09:11 AM
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Well, let me know when you're headed for your next fold or edge, then!
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Jan 3rd, 2013, 09:37 AM
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Rome, Feb 19-26.

which is surely in the middle of everyone's maps.

after that, ????
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Jan 3rd, 2013, 10:46 AM
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St Cirq - we'll be on the Lot in Puy l'Eveque the last 2 weeks in June. Puy l'Eveque is on the fold of my older 329 map. Luckily it is not on an 18 inch "tear" of the map. Actually I have about 5 copies of the 329 map. I've loaned "the original" (with my notes) to several friends who were visiting the Dorodgne. They fold & mutilate it - and then purchase a new map for me.

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Jan 3rd, 2013, 10:51 AM
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Well, I say we all get together on a fold somewhere!

We actually may be back in the area in June or so - not sure now, as the big "house cleanup" trip is starting to shape up for end of March or early April for a month.
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Jan 3rd, 2013, 11:30 AM
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Given that I would prefer not to visit a fold or an edge, I think I may wait until I get to France to see which map I prefer. My eyes aren't what they used to be, and I may need the larger map. Thanks!
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Jan 3rd, 2013, 02:25 PM
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Also note that the binding is spiral, so, with a bit of ingenuity, you can separate out only the maps you plan to use. Unless you want to detour off your map, of course.
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Jan 3rd, 2013, 02:34 PM
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Also note that the binding is spiral, so, with a bit of ingenuity, you can separate out only the maps you plan to use.

How? The spiral is continuous.
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Jan 3rd, 2013, 03:51 PM
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Sorry, I don't understand this. The binding is spiral, so you "flip" through the pages. Do you just mean that you can flip to the pages you need for your travels? Of course, but there are always the moments when you're moving from one page to the next. (And they are continuous, but are they continuous north to south, east to west, or what? I don't have one handy - mine are in France).

But perhaps I haven't understood.
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Jan 3rd, 2013, 04:00 PM
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but are they continuous north to south, east to west, or what?

They are continuous from west to east starting with the Pas de Calais.
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Jan 3rd, 2013, 04:12 PM
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It's actually a sort of spiral of linked C's so pages might come out, or you can just make a bunch of snips with a scissor and slide out the pages you want. Myself, I don't believe in cutting books, so we just carried the big book. I used different colored highlighters to map out possible routes and depended on my co-pilot to call the route as we drove.

My old copy has France cut into horizontal strips with each strip cut into maps. Going from one map to the next in a strip is easy, but getting to the next strip means jumping to a map several pages away. There is a key to the maps that guides you, and there is a back section with an index and many city maps.
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Jan 3rd, 2013, 05:32 PM
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It's actually a sort of spiral of linked C's so pages might come out

Not my 2008 copy.
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Jan 3rd, 2013, 05:43 PM
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I am old school, i.e I don't use a Garman whether in Europe or the US. I still prefer maps or an Atlas and as such I still use a Michelin Road Atlas France for my vehicular meanderings...Believe or not.. I am probably one of the few adults left who at age 50, can still read need only to read latitude and longitude and determine location and time zone.. go figure...in a previous life I must have been Magellan or Columbus..
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Jan 4th, 2013, 03:52 AM
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Also note that the binding is spiral, so, with a bit of ingenuity, you can separate out only the maps you plan to use. Unless you want to detour off your map, of course.>>

i think what AJ means is that you can unwind the spiral from the pages, extract the page/s you want, then rewind them all back again.

which does seem a bit of a fag when all you need to do is to find a photocopier!
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