Review of Moleskine City Notebooks: Prague


"The features contained within include a key map with an overall
layout of the city as well as a map of the Metro system and list of
stations, up to 36 pages of zone maps with an alphabetical street
index, a 96-page tabbed archive, up to 76 blank pages, 32 removable
tear-away sheets for exchanging info with travel companions, 3 bookmark
ribbons, and 12 translucent sticky sheets to overlay onto the various
maps for notes and route-tracing.

One notable thing about the text in the maps and indices is that
almost all of it is in Czech. This makes a certain amount of obvious
sense, as Prague is a city of Czech-speakers, but when one is trying to
find the Charles Bridge or Old Town (both of which are labeled in
English in many guidebooks to the city), one must go to a third party
text to see what these names translate to in Czech. A few of the major
landmarks are labeled in English (such as Prague Castle, the National
Theatre, and the Church of Saints Peter and Paul), but one will need to
either rely on a tour guide, a guidebook, or a friendly stranger to
discover the many other sights the city has to offer.

The maps were all provided by Lonely Planet, and are beautifully
reproduced in the notebook, but missing are any other contributions
from that wonderful guidebook company. To be fair, Moleskine has
marketed the City Notebooks as "The first guidebook you write
yourself"; however, it would have been nice to have been given a
handful of facts, especially if one is a first-time visitor the city.
The tabbed archive section — which is reserved for notes about places,
recipes, bars, adventures, shopping, books, &c., and has room for
blank tabs you can label yourself — would have been ideal to place at
least one tidbit of information in each category. Full price for these
notebooks is US$27.95, which is a bit steep when you’ll have to kick in
for a regular guidebook as well…"

Review of Moleskine City Notebooks: Prague
By Jason Erik Lundberg
Read the full review at Rolf Pott’s "Vagabonding"

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