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#91798 - 12/19/12 09:50 AM Maps .... great idea .
steve robinson Offline
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Not sure if this is the right area to post but ...

Today I got a card and a christmas present through the post from an English guy I studied with in Madrid . It was a map of Madrid that's made of a teflon type material , waterproof that you can just scrumple up and stuff in your trouser pocket . It comes with a little carry pouch and is super light . It's fantastic !
It covers Madrid from Metro La Elipa in the East ( other side of the M30 ) to Ciudad Jardín , Cuatro Caminos in the North , Metro Conde de Casal in the South and Argüelles in the West . It lists all the major buildings , historical sites , religious sites , museums and galleries , parks and gardens . It's very comprehensive and clear ... Now it doesn't have a street directory and you use the big list of major sites to orientate yourself , but all the streets are marked .. The only other city in Spain that is covered is Barcelona I believe but many other world cities are included . I think Madrid could have gone a touch further South but I really think this map is great !

http://www.palomarweb.com/web/prodotti/crumpled-city


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#91800 - 12/20/12 02:36 PM Re: Maps .... great idea . [Re: steve robinson]
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Brilliant!!!!!!
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#91842 - 01/02/13 04:55 PM Re: Maps .... great idea . [Re: Puna]
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I use the Rough Guides Map

My map of Lisbon after three trips that I have lost track how many times I have folded, used in the rain, have my notes written on the map, I can still use today as the condition of the map is like the day I first bought it.

Beside the bus and subways lines on the map it has more importantly the side streets with their "names!" which a lot of travel maps do not even both showing. This means I can get off the tourist path and not be lost.

For Barcelona my Rough Guide map was a big help when walking around the Camp Nou, the surrounding area and my visit to the Barcelona cemetery.
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#91921 - 01/31/13 08:16 AM Re: Maps .... great idea . [Re: Bill from NYC]
steve robinson Offline
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Bill . I think ( know ) that you're more tidy than me ... more organised ( reflecting your previous career ) . My paper maps get folded backwards , forwards , sidewards and end up a mess . With new cities that I visit ... such as Lisbon .... I always have a map but tend to just orientate myself via visible buildings ... such as the castle in Lisbon and to keep an idea of where the sea is . Normally I just wander around and take any street I like the look of . Often ( even in Madrid ) you find yourself in really down-trodden residential areas where taking a map out of your pocket is not a good idea but there's no better way to see a city than just to wander ... find a local café or bar ..... and watch the world go by . I get the feeling that this would be your approach too .

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#91985 - 02/20/13 06:35 PM Re: Maps .... great idea . [Re: steve robinson]
Wendy and Scott Offline
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Registered: 07/31/11
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We got the Crumpled City Madrid map and it's perfect. It's a great map for those who basically know their way around the city (and don't necessarily want to lug around a guidebook), but may still need the occasional directions to navigate the side streets.
Thanks for the suggestion!

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#91986 - 02/22/13 02:59 AM Re: Maps .... great idea . [Re: Wendy and Scott]
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Originally Posted By Wendy and Scott
We got the Crumpled City Madrid map and it's perfect. It's a great map for those who basically know their way around the city (and don't necessarily want to lug around a guidebook), but may still need the occasional directions to navigate the side streets.
Thanks for the suggestion!


Thanks for the feedback, Wendy and Scott! Nice to have a first-hand review of this map. Foldable maps, the typical kind, generally start tearing at the creases after about 5-10 re-folds and then they're useless. The maps they give you at the Madrid/Barcelona Tourist Office are like that, the ones sponsored by El Corte Inglés, and by the end of the day you need to get a new one. frown

This new-fangled map looks like a great find! yeah

Saludos, MadridMan
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#91998 - 02/24/13 04:35 AM Re: Maps .... great idea . [Re: MadridMan]
pedmar Offline
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the best maps are German because they cover all the way to Ciudad Lineal lol!!
But I forgot their names, long time don't use ::)
the metro map is handy and easy pocket, it is not infinite but will last quite a few days of use.
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