Country in Western Europe known for food, culture, and architecture, with a Mediterranean coast and Paris as its capital and largest city.

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How to travel from Rennes to Poitiers without having to go through Paris?

I'm trying to figure out how to travel from Rennes (or St. Malo) to Poitiers in June, but all the trains and busses I can find pass through Paris, which seems like a huge detour. Is there any option I'...
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Applying for a Schengen visa when there is a gap between trips to main destination and country of entry [closed]

Today I've applied for a Schengen visa to France in TLScontact centre in London. My first trip is in March to Netherlands for 3 days and the next one is in June to France for 6 days. My good friend ...
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Travel from Paris to San Sebastian [closed]

Three of us are planning to leave from Paris to spend a week in Hendaye and San Sebastian. Is it more convenient/cheaper to go by car or by train ? Any restrictions to taking a rented car over from ...
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Visit France without a hotel booking

I am from Mauritius. A friend of mine is coming to visit me in France for 2 months. He is from Mauritius. I have some questions regarding this. For people from Mauritius, France allows them to come ...
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Dinner at the Folkestone and Calais Eurotunnel terminals

Soon I will be making a return trip through the Eurotunnel by car, each way arriving at the terminal at about dinner time. What options are there to eat dinner there, at both the Folkestone and Calais ...
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Where to hike overnight around Paris?

I would like to take my children to a one-day, one-night hiking somewhere around Paris, within ~1-1.5 hour drive from Versailles. This would be a first-time for them (9 and 12 yo) so I am looking for ...
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To convert my USD$ in to Euro in my country of origin or in Paris?

Hi everyone :) I live in Australia. I have a remaining money(2,000USD) from my previous trip in the US. Me and my husband are planning to visit Paris maybe in September. I'm not sure whether to ...
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Schengen visa issued by france [duplicate]

I have multiple entry schengen visa issued by french consulate and it is valid for 2 years. But I am planing to travel italy and day trip to paris would it be ok? or do I have to go only france?
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Use of expired French ID to travel to the UK for 2 weeks

A friend of mine is planning to come to London in April but she knows that her French ID expires while she is here. As far as the French authorities is concerned an expired ID card is still valid for ...
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I have a scientific research invitation letter, what kind of visa I need [closed]

I have a scientific research invitation letter from a french research institute. However, the purpose of this invitation is to make presentations as a part of Ph.D application process. so if I am ...
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Does a French long stay research visa differ from a regular “Type-D” visa and are there implications for travelling in Schengen areas?

I'll be going to France for 4 months to conduct research towards my PhD. I believe I will be issued with a long stay visa for research to cover my trip. I have the required "Convention d’Accueil" from ...
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Must one leave France immediately after quitting one's job? [closed]

I am an Indian citizen in France on a VLS-TS scientifique-chercheur visa. I am a post-doctoral researcher, on a 1-year contract. The visa is valid from 2015 September, upto 2016 August. I have a OFII ...
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Visa for travelling to France, as UK residents on SA passports

Good afternoon, We are South Africans with SA Passports living in the UK on an ancestral visa - how do we go about visiting France / Spain? Do we need separate visa on entering either France / ...
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What is “Member states of destination” on Visa application

I am traveling to Paris staying there for 5 days then flying to Spain and staying there for 10 days. My understanding is that since Spain is where I am spending most of the time then I should apply ...
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Buying a phone SIM card out of the country [closed]

I need to travel to Europe(Germany, France, Switzerland) starting in Germany where I will need a phone with available data. There have obviously been questions about various available plans like: ...
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Wine Tastings in Burgundy

Planning a little trip through Europe which will put me for some time in Burgundy. I am used to US wineries, which have a tasting room at the vineyard/winery and while you may not be able to visit ...
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Got a Schengen visa that's too short for my trip, can I stay one more day?

My friends and O will be travelling in Paris for 15 days and in 6 days in Barcelona. We applied for our visa and got a 1 month visa. But we can only stay for 20 days on it. Even though we planned a 21 ...
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France Switzerland trip [closed]

I am attending a conference in cannes France from 17 April to 20th April By 20 April I will be free and wish to see Paris and any town in Switzerland I am accompanied by my wife and12 year old son. My ...
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Tattoos while Traveling Overseas

I'm traveling from the USA to England and France this summer and thought it would be a novel idea to get small tattoos from each country as souvenirs. Are there any health code type issues preventing ...
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France visa processing time in Dubai per nationality

The visa website for France embassy in Dubai says that processing time is 15 days but I know some people who got it in 4 days which I think it depends on nationality. Is there any site that shows ...
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Is it legal/safe to visit the Calais border crossing?

There are many videos on the Internet showing migrants attempting to enter trucks crossing the English channel. I think it would be interesting to visit that road and talk to the guys making that ...
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Lost passport and schengen Visa in Paris [duplicate]

I am an Indian citizen who is currently in Paris for internship program of 5 months. I have lost my original passport with Schengen visa in it. What is the procedure to file a FIR in Paris and how do ...
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Mistake in application form - France Visa [duplicate]

I m travelling to France in the Easter holidays. In my husband's application form online at TLS contact, I made a mistake of putting London as the place Issue which should have been India.. I got a ...
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Why does my French Schengen visa say Marsault, or Goat in English?

Bonjour, travelers. I received a Schengen visa from the French embassy in my country. It was a tourist visa and was my first time to receive a Schengen visa. It looks like this: I had to go to ...
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Stealth camping in France

Can I use the French aires to camp overnight? I have a VW Transporter van with a bed, 2 dogs, a camping stove and bottled water and loo bottle. I want to be safe but I don't need the constraints of a ...
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Crossing French-UK border under 18 alone

This august I am planning to travel around Europe and want to cross the French-UK border. I am under 18 and won't be with my parents or legal guardian, so what kind of documents do I need to have with ...
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Reserve hotel from Paris airport

I am travelling from NYC to Paris, and returning back. If I miss my return flight to NYC, and my next flight is a one day later, how can I reserver hotel from CDG airport? I do not speak French nor ...
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Book a flight from CDG Airport

I am travelling from NYC to Paris, and returning back. If I miss my return flight to NYC, how can I book a new return flight from CDG airport? I do not speak French, or have a laptop to reserve ...
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Where is border control carried out for the Eurostar overnight Ski Train?

The Eurostar Marseille–London stops in Lille for passport checks, because there is no separated Eurostar available at Marseille or its other French stations. In winter, a special ski train runs ...
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What are the differences betwenn first and second class compartments on SNCF's Intercités de Nuit?

I'm currently living in Paris and want to meet up with some friends of mine in Italy. I would love to experience an overnight train. I found a train to Milan on Intercités de Nuit, and I am tempted to ...
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What are the procedures and documents necessary when traveling to France from the UK (not by plane)?

I have a United States passport and will be in London this year. I am looking into rail and ferry options to coastal France and was wondering if I will need to present any documents other than having ...
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UK and France visa

I am planning to go to the UK with my brother. I've been to the UK two times last year, but my brother is a freshy and this will be his first foreign trip. We want to travel to Paris during our visit ...
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What does a French strike warning of 3 hours 59 minutes mean exactly?

I've seen a "préavis de grève" for public transport workers mentioning a length of 3 hours 59 minutes, which will impact travelers and commuters inside and near Paris. Why does it have that specific ...
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Europe long term visa (France, Italy, Spain) [closed]

We are retired Americans. We would qualify for a long term stay visa most likely France. We would like to travel to Spain, Italy and France. Am I understanding right, in that even with a long term ...
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Working Holiday Visa In France [closed]

I'm having a hard time finding information about this online. I'm Canadian and I want to apply for a working holiday visa in France. They say that you can only apply up to three months in advance. I ...
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Paying an unreceived traffic fine in Paris

So I was given a ticket for riding a bike (Vélib) in a one way street which i wasn't aware it was by that time. However, I left France after a month of that incident and haven't received the well ...
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Is there a way to prevent “looking like a tourist” in order to not be harassed?

Disclaimer - the title of this post is probably not the best On my way to visit family in Belarus and Poland, I had a long layover in Paris, so I decided to spend the day in the city. My luggage was ...
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Does Google Maps app work well when offline in Dordogne France?

I read that Google recently made their Maps apps work in offline mode, where you can download an area, then use it (including navigation) while offline. I'll be driving a rental car from Bordeaux to ...
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Do the SNCF fidelity “points monnaie” expire when switching status?

I am currently a member of the SNCF fidelity program and I am a "Grand Voyageur", a status that lets you collect points ("points monnaie") for every euro spent. Soon, it will be the anniversary of my ...
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How to make cheapest calls from France (Mobile) to India (Mobile)?

If you are reading this then you know that today there are more than a million calling service providers. After searching for a sometime now I know, which ones not to choose, for various reasons like ...
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Leaving France without having gotten OFII stamp

US passport. I have a long stay visitor visa in France for one year. I never got the OFII stamp/vingette. I know other people who have left France having never gotten OFII and had no problem. The ...
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Can you get from London to the French Alps by train, with no/minimal changes?

For a lot of people, the default way to get from London to the French Alps to go skiing is to fly, then take a long bus connection to get to the resort. However, with the current snow and wintery ...
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Travelling from Italy to Greece by Ferry with a French residency card but no passport

I have a french carte de sejour (french residency card) but I don't have my passport ready yet. I am planning to go to Greece to spend the christmas vacation with my family. I will be making the ...
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French visa confusion

I currently hold a multi entry Schengen visa that is valid until May. I have used up my 90 days for this 6 month period staying with my parents who have recently emigrated tho France. I am now moving ...
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Schengen main destination

From what I understand the main destination of a Schengen visa is the country that you will spend the most period of the trip in. I've my Schengen issued from Germany - multiple entries - and I ...
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Use Schengen visa to enter a different country [duplicate]

I would like to know if it's possible to use a Schengen visa issued from Germany to enter France - Especially after the last regulations after the latest events?
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Mentioning new date in Schengen visa Appeal

I hold a Pakistani passport living in Pakistan. I have recently applied my tourist visa in French embassy and they refused on the following grounds: The purpose and the conditions of the proposed ...
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French work permit holder: visa required for a visit to the UK? [duplicate]

I have a quite specific issue here : I am living and working in London (I am French), and my friend would like to come for a few days. The thing is, my friend is Chinese, but is working in France for ...
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What kind of Visa do I need to land on the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg?

Assuming I'm not a citizen of the European union, and that I have a Schengen Visa with Germany as the main destination, do I need to make any special arrangements to land at this airport? The ...
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OFII stamp issue [closed]

I am a Thai citizen and I am currently living in France with a student long-stay visa (1 year). I am planning to go back to Thailand this December for two weeks however my concern is about my ...