Moon MapGuide Paris


In the sleek Moon MapGuide Paris, Paris resident Aurelia d'Andrea profiles the best of the city to simplify your trip. This guide combines discreet, laminated, fold-out maps with selective listings of the hottest sights, shops, restaurants, amusements, nightlife, and hotels to help you navigate the ...
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In the sleek Moon MapGuide Paris, Paris resident Aurelia d'Andrea profiles the best of the city to simplify your trip. This guide combines discreet, laminated, fold-out maps with selective listings of the hottest sights, shops, restaurants, amusements, nightlife, and hotels to help you navigate the city—without looking like a typical tourist.

For easy reference, Paris is divided into 10 color-coded maps of distinct, must-see neighborhoods:

Quartier Latin/Les Îles
Tour Eiffel/Arc de Triomphe/Trocadéro
Grands Boulevards
Louvre/Les Halles
Canal St-Martin

Browse them individually to find stops as you go, or peruse more than 120 pages of things to see and do. Want an already-planned itinerary? Embark on three self-guided tours: The Best of Paris, Paris for Foodies, and Paris for Fashionistas.

Compact and easy-to-use, Moon MapGuide Paris offers travelers a simpler way to explore—unfold the city!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612386478
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/25/2014
  • Series: Moon Metro Travel Series
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 445,579
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Journalist Aurelia d’Andrea’s infatuation with Paris began in high school French class, but it was in 2004—during a year-long adventure in the City of Light fueled by a steady diet of baguettes and Bordeaux—that she realized she was in love. Five years later, she packed up her San Francisco apartment and schlepped her husband, her dog, and seven bicycles back to the French capital. Today, bread, wine, and urban exploration still dominate her daily to-do list.

Besides being a source of non-stop creative inspiration, the city is a feast for the senses—and that’s what keeps this expat’s passion for Paris alive. After years of dedicated research, she can now share where to go for the best views of the city, which Louvre entrance has the shortest line, and which boulangerie bakes the best pain au chocolat.

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Q&A with author Aurelia d'Andrea

Moon MapGuide Paris is divided into neighborhoods. If a traveler is on a budget, what’s the best neighborhood to be based in? Why?

For travelers on a budget, I would recommend the Marais as a money-saving neighborhood base. You’ll save euro on transportation because so many prime attractions are within a 15-minute walk of this lively, history-filled district: Notre Dame, the Latin Quarter, the trendy Bastille area, Oberkampf and its festive nightlife, the village of St. Paul, Centre Georges Pompidou. The list goes on and on. You’ll also save money on food, because some of the tastiest and most affordable grub can be found here. I’m talking about falafel! In the old Jewish quarter of the Marais on rue des Rosiers, a half-dozen falafel joints offer these popular handheld meals that consist of soft pita bread, crunchy falafel, heavenly roasted eggplant, and oodles of crunchy veggies for around five euro. It’s a local tradition to eat your takeaway in one of the gorgeous neighborhood parks and squares. I recommend the Jardin Francs-Bourgeois-Rosiers; it’s a secret garden with a handful of nice benches to sit on and soak up the sun while you nosh.

What neighborhood is off the usual tourist route but is worth the Métro ride? Why?

There are so many! I’d recommend heading out to the 19e arrondissement, in the north part of Paris, on a Saturday. Here, far off the beaten tourist path, you’ll find one of the city’s best arts spaces, the Cent-Quatre (Métro: Riquet). It’s a festival for the senses, with hip-hop dancing (dance students practice in the center’s many open spaces), public art exhibits, cafés, theaters, a weekend farmers market, and even a few retail shops. On the other side of the canal but still in the 19e is Parc des Buttes-Chaumont (Metro: Botzaris or Buttes-Chaumont). With great views, a lovely café (Rosa Bonheur), ponds, waterfalls, and gazillions of pleasant picnic spots, it’s a true oasis!

What’s your favorite public transportation tip?

The Métro is amazing and will get you everywhere you need to go, but you miss so much when you travel underground. I save the Métro for rainy (and snowy) days—I ride my bike the rest of the time. I would encourage visitors to do the same, and it’s never been easier to arrange a Vélib’ rental before you even arrive in Paris. The website is available in English, so you can make your reservation online, and a weeklong ticket is only €8 (around $12).

Describe a navigation mistake that you see tourists make in Paris.

One of the biggest mistakes I see tourists making from the Eiffel Tower to the top of Montmartre is, well, looking like a tourist. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but if you want to blend in with the local population, it’s a good idea not to stand in the middle of a busy intersection while poring over a huge, unwieldy map of Paris. Not only do you look like a tourist, but you make it easy for pickpockets and petty thieves to target you. (This is true when visiting any large city!) That’s what I love so much about Moon MapGuide Paris. The book is slim and discreet, and the maps—while clear and concise—are compact and subtle, so you don’t attract a lot of attention to yourself when trying to figure out where the nearest Métro station is.

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