Back during my summers home from college, when I worked at a lovely independent bookstore in Westhampton Beach, New York, the store owner and I used to coo over the new items from Chronicle Books when they were first delivered. Though I've moved on from books to magazines, my fondness for Chronicle's quirky sensibility remains. So I was excited to hear from Prêt à Voyager blogger Anne that every Tuesday over at Chronicle's blog, they've been excerpting from their terrific packets of City Walks Deck Series. Each deck offers 50 beautifully-designed cards which demonstrate different ways to explore a city. So far they've featured walks in New York (Lower East Side), Barcelona (shops of the Raval), Paris (Jardin des Tuileries with kids), San Francisco (Noe Valley with kids), Chicago (architectural walk), Toronto (West Queen West), and yesterday they featured our own dear city, Washington D.C. (the International Spy Museum with kids). We're looking forward to seeing what else crops up next.
The City Walk decks retail for $14.95, and can be purchased through the Chronicle site (or your own favorite independent bookseller). For more walking tours, you can look to Traveler's Places of a Lifetime website, where you can download printable versions of maps to take on your own city walks.
Image: via Prêt à Voyager