Does anyone know where to get a larger, clear map of the Paris Metro? I like the one I got with the pocket Paris Guidebook but it's just a little small and I'm just old enough that I have to hold the map just so far away to get it into focus - but I can't get reading glasses to work for me at all.
you can go to this link to get a larger pdf map http://www.ratp.fr/informer/pdf/orienter/f_plan.php then it's a matter of printing to size on your printer or at a printing place to get a larger size. here might be a better one for a home printer - just set your print settings to fit to page http://www.oecd.org/environment/cc/33752064.pdf
I use "3 Plans Par Arondissement", which is subtitled "Le Petit Parisien", published by Editions L'Indispensable, ISBN 978-2-7072-0407-3. It has small scale overview maps of the metro and streets, but it also has three large scale maps per arondissement, one with just the streetplan, one with bus routes and one with the metro. So, use the small scale map to check which arondissement you are in, go to the relevant page at large scale, and there you are. It measures just over 8 inches by 5 when closed, so it's not for your back pocket, but they are widely available at newstands, tabacs, railway stations and the Paris airport bookshops for under €8. http://www.amazon.co.uk/R19-Petit-Parisien-3-Plans/dp/2707204072 http://www.massin.fr/plans-de-paris/754-le-petit-parisien-9782707204073.html
I like the "geo" that gives some perspective to the actual streets and neighborhoods rather that a strictly schematic map.
Bets, I don't know when you were in Paris. When I was there 3-4 years ago, the only large metro maps were on the walls of the stations. When I asked for one, I was told they no longer print them for hand-outs. If you've been there more recently, then I am pleased they are providing them again. Karen, just in case, print out a large one and take it with you. Also be sure it shows the ends of the lines. Even though you probably won't be going nearly that far, you need to know the end station to get the train in the right direction.
I got one last summer, Chani.
Thanks, Bets. Glad to hear it - I love Paris so much, I know I'll be back again soon.
All good ideas for me to look into! Thanks!