Get Walking


I was blessed to grow up in a multi-generational household, and loved that my grandfather walked me to kindergarten every morning. We couldn’t communicate verbally (he only spoke Korean and I only spoke English) but it didn’t seem to matter. Our non-verbal communication always seemed to be enough, and we had a grand time winding our way down to school.

It seems as if on foot outings (it was nearly a mile trek to school, and on little legs at that) are becoming a thing of the past, but the City Walks series is working to reverse that trend. Published by the ever-clever Chronicle Books, the City Walks series offers 50 walking adventure cards with color maps presented in a compact box that would easily stow in a purse or diaper bag.

In addition to City Walks: Boston ($14.95 at Amazon), the series also features walking adventures for New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., London, Rome, Paris, and Amsterdam.