…A Connoisseur’s Map! –USA Today
For savvy travelers. –Travel & Leisure
The Map –The New York Times
About the Author
Stephan Van Dam, AIGA is an award-winning cartographer, graphic designer, and information architect. He is the president, publisher and creative director of New York-based VanDam Publishing. Twenty-seven of his maps are in the MoMA Collection.
He’s has mapped over 125 world cities, and holds several patents in the field of paper engineering and origami map folding.
His work has been honored by the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA), the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the editors of ID magazine and has been featured on national television and been sighted in numerous feature films. Stephan presented “The Power of Maps” at the original TED Conference in 2002.
VanDam’s newly revised 2019 STREETSMART® PARIS Edition maps all top attractions including museums, monuments, architecture, hotels, shops, theaters plus the Métro Transit system at an immensely legible scale of 1:12,500 complete with 3-D building illustrations. Clear information design allows you to read the map from three feet away and has earned VanDam maps a place in the MoMA Collection. The map is film-laminated, accordion folded and pocket size. Coverage: Paris City Street Map 1:12,500 Overview Map: 1:90,000 Métro Transit Map Dimensions: 4 x 9 folded, 9 x 36 unfolded, fits into shirt pocket or purse. 2019 STREETSMART® PARIS is so legible you will instantly understand how the Champs-Élysées connects with Champs de Mars, Hotel de Ville with Les Halles, Invalides with Ile de la Cité, Marais with Montparnasse, Sacre-Coeur with Sorbonne, and the Louvre with Luxembourg. From God’s perspective to the most minute alleys our map will be a treasured companion during your stay. To experience the authentic Parisian spirit indulge in French food on the Left Bank, flaneuring and people-watching in the Latin Quarter along Blvd. St Germain de Pres. Savor the desserts at Café de Flore and/or the cote de Boeuf for two served tableside at bistro Semilla. Every Sunday from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., the air on Blvd. Raspail, between the Rue Cherche-Midi and Rue de Rennes, fills with the tantalizing smell of sautéing onions. It is the onion galettes shredded onion, potato and cheese frying at one of the dozens of stands at the Marché Biologique Raspail. Then, turn a corner and new worlds unfold. Paris is unique in many ways: It became a global metropolis starting in 1853 when Emperor Napoleon III commissioned a radical new urban design by Baron Haussmann to reimagine, modernize and rebuild the city by creating the Grands Boulevards. These wide avenues cut through blighted medieval neighborhoods with huge investments in new infrastructure for water, sewerage and power. Paris’s early adoption of gaslight street illumination earned it the moniker The City of Light – La Ville-Lumière. Paris is the great city of the Flâneur. He is the aimless stroller who looses himself in the crowd and looks for unexpected experiences and encounters of the aesthetic and erotic kind. Benches on the boulevards are said to be evenly spaced to provide respite to encourage these encounters. The Situationists of the 1950 added psycho-geography, an exploration of urban environments that emphasizes playfulness and “drifting”. Our map highlights the Grands Boulevards so you can immerse yourself and engage in Flâneurie. Here are highlights we love: Hiking les Berges, a 1.5 mile stretch river walkway along the Seine from Pont de l’Alma to Musée d’Orsay. Visiting both the Cartier Foundation and the Cartier-Bresson Foundation which are within walking distance on either side of the Montparnasse Cemetery. The former has cutting edge contemporary art while the later specializes in photography. Spending an afternoon getting lost in the Père Lachaise cemetery. Visiting the Fondacion Louis Vuitton in the Bois de Bologne to catch Being Modern: MoMA in Paris. Whatever your excursions our laminated pocket-sized map will make you travel with confidence and create lasting memories. 2019 STREETSMART® PARIS includes a Central Paris Street Map which makes you feel you are there with 3D buildings illustrations as your compass. All Métro stops are marked by their respective line in context right on the main map and on a separate Métro Transit overview so you know both the local details and understand the larger system. STREETSMART® PARIS maps are updated twice a year and are the most current.