Make your own guidebook

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I just picked up one of Moleskine’s new City Guides
(Paris in my case). It’s a delightful little affair. It’s the usual
small Moleskine notebook size with the trademark elastic strap and
expanding note pocket in the back. But it has a lot of special features
geared toward the active tourist:

  • City maps in two different
    scales, with very refined and easy to read muted colors and gray
    shades. There’s also a street index. It’s not as comprehensive as a
    full city map (or a Paris Par Arrondissement or a London A-Z, for
    example), but good enough for most uses
  • Sheets of tracing paper with adhesive at the top (like Post-It notes) to place over the maps so you can trace out an itinerary
  • Metro/subway map
  • Pages for planning Before Going and while-you-are-there itineraries
  • Clothing size conversion charts
  • Tabbed pages for noting restaurants, people, places, events etc. that you’ve experienced
  • Additional blank tabbed pages that allow you to make your own categories

They
also supply a couple of sheets for noting inaccuracies so that you can
email Moleskine and let them know. And it has three separate cloth
bookmark tags (in 3 shades of gray) to mark different pages. My only
complaint, as is the case with most Moleskine books, is there’s no way
to securely slot in a pen.

Adam Richardson
More at his blog.

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