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Has anyone used the GPSmycity app? What audio walking tour do you recommend?

In doing some research for an upcoming trip I ran across this app: GPSmycity which apparently has 6,500 walks in 1,000 cities. Many of the reviews are from bloggers who also got free subscriptions so the reviews are fluffy and somewhat suspect. I have also found other reviews that were quite negative (all information plagiarized from Wikipedia) and that the app is not very stable which is pretty concerning but with 6,500 walks it makes me wonder if it might be a good app.

What I'm interested in is how easy is the app to use, are the audio directions accurate, is the information useful etc. I have used the RS audio walking guides and am looking for something similar. I find walking tour directions from guide books challenging to use - you're always referencing your book/print out distracting from the enjoyment of the walk. I'm hoping someone on the forum has used this app and can give me some honest feedback. In the meantime, I'm going to download a couple of walks for my city and test drive it here.

And please let me know if there is a audio walking tour app you can recommend - it sure would be wonderful to have one!

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The annoying, persistent pop-up ads on the app's website don't exactly instill confidence.

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It would be helpful to know where you will be visiting.

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@CJean: This trip we will be in Amsterdam, Lille, Bayeaux, the Loire Valley (bike trip) and Paris. The cities for which I would most like to have audio walking tours would be Amsterdam and Paris; I think the rest of the itinerary lends itself to wandering around more than purposeful agendas.

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Well...maybe you should just try it out? What do you really have to lose if it doesn't pan out? Cost much?

You can of course just pay for a walking tour in most/all of those places with a human guide. That's what I often do. RS has audio guides too for Paris and Amsterdam no doubt even if they aren't GPS-guided.

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@Andrew: We've done all the RS audio walking tours and have some guided tours but for this trip, as we've been to Paris several times previously, I was hoping to find some more independent walking tours that took us a little further afield. There are so many useful apps available I was hopeful that perhaps there was something that fit the bill.

Many years ago, we did several walking tours in NYC that we downloaded as audio files (long before apps existed) that were absolutely fantastic taking us into neighbourhoods and to restaurants that we might not otherwise have found on our own. And all of them were narrated by locals. Probably one of the best memories we have of all of our trips to NYC.