My wife and I just got back from a trip to Europe. Part of that trip included 4 days in Paris, France. In preparation for that part I had downloaded the walking tour of Paris, and also installed a POI with the location of our hotel.
I can't speak to the utility of using a GPS in Paris for driving, as we were on foot, but I can say this about using a Garmin nuvi 260w in pedestrian mode on the streets of Paris. Most of the streets are so narrow, and the buildings so high, that the GPS reception is greatly compromised. Frequently when turning on the unit we would have difficulty acquiring satellites, and also it was not uncommon to loose reception while we were walking on our route. Of course, being pedestrians we were right up against the tall buildings and not standing out in the street. Perhaps the reception is a little better there and having a GPS with you for *driving* through Paris could then be useful. We found it not particularly useful for walking. In the end, we just stopped using it altogether and simply relied on ordinary maps and our wits.
The usefulness of a GPS in Ireland (where we spend 7 days driving) is altogether different, but I will cover that in a different post since it's a different topic.
Well, one less electronic gadget for me to worry about when I fly to Paris next year. Dissapointing though.
When I visited the "old country" to see the villages and cities my ancestors left to come the US, I used a GPS unit to document the locations of meaningful buildings/foundations and memorials for possible future trips.
pretty good luck with my 370 in Europe. I used it not only finding out just how lost I really was, but for the best restaurants in which to dine, and the many, many places of interest. We are taking another cruise with Oceania in September for France, Russia, Holland Germany and a few other countries. As usual I will take two (2)Nuvi's with me, the 360+Sd card and the 775t, can't wait!
I've used a Garmin GPS all over Paris, usually when driving. No issues and traffic information too.
bought the SD for Europe and had a great time with it...it got us "unlost" from Arles a few times...I take it whenever I go. I take my 775T and a 360 with the SD card, just in case.
Taking it again next June for France, Germany and Switzerland. I've been there a number of times, but just love going back...
Just turn off when you lose sat.and you have a paper map without taking a big paper map.
The newer Nuvi works better for me in tall buildings.
Very helpful info for those who travel in Europe.
A paper map that needs a charged battery though, so this is a temporary solution anyway.
I've used my friends Nuvi 370 in Paris, both on foot & behind the wheel. It worked fine, except for very narrow streets, but then when getting to the end of the block I always picked up the signal. On the road there were not problems. Map updates are also not a problem since most of the streets have been there quite a while.
Sounds like the usual GPS reception issues when using it in a large city with tall buildings. I'm planning to go to London sometime early next year and was thinking about taking my 2595 with me. Has anyone experienced any issues in that city?
Do GPSr's with Glonass receivers do any better in the urban canyons? I am not sure if any of the automotive models have Glonass support, but some of the handhelds do.
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