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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European countries “shut down” in August?

I am mainly interested in hearing about France (Paris, in particular) and Italy (Venice, in particular), though this may hold for other European countries as well, hence the broad title. I have heard ...
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Swiss customs: necessary when travelling from France to USA via GVA?

I'm a USian planning a summer trip to France. I've already bought my tickets to arrive in Nice and leave from Geneva. I will be travelling thru France mostly via car which I plan on returning to the ...
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In the Loire Valley, are there any “arty” caves that can be visited?

The Tuffeau stone that makes up the bulk of the Loire Valley has been used for building for millennia, and this has left behind a lot of caves. It has also left us lots of lovely buildings too - most ...
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How happily will taxis cross the triple-point borders around Basel?

I am looking at travelling to Basel, Switzerland early next week (Tuesday). It would appear that hotels are very hard to come by at a reasonable price, so I am looking at staying in Mulhouse in nearby ...
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Skiing in Morzine

I have been to Morzine (Avoriaz) twice during the summer but I am wondering is it possible to ski there in March/April? Morzine is in the East of France near Geneva (Switzerland) in the Alps.
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Living costs for a week in Val Thorens skiing?

I am just about to go an charge up my Cash Passport card before I go away for a week to Val Thorens. Basing on my knowledge from backpacking last year I was able to spend about 30-50 euros a day ...
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Why are French TGV prices different between Loco2 and Capitaine Train?

I had thought that since both Loco2 and Capitaine Train have agreements with SNCF to sell domestic French train tickets (amongst others). However, I've noticed that sometimes the prices between them ...
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Why does my boarding pass read “APIS OK”

I flew from Turkey to France on a direct flight. When I checked in, I saw the boarding pass given to me read "APIS OK". I thought APIS was a program of US immigration, mostly for passengers to the ...
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How can I search for French trains (only - no buses)?

I'm generally not a huge fan of rail replacement buses, and try to avoid them where possible. Recently, I've been looking at some French train travel, and bus journeys seem to keep creeping into the ...
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Are there any perks/discounts for travelling as a couple on Air France?

When booking a ticket on Air France there is a mention of special fares when travelling as a couple, but I haven't seen anything that specifically calls out fares as being a "couples" fare. Is anyone ...
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Paying French parking ticket from abroad

I got a parking ticket for apparently parking my rental car in the wrong place in front of my hotel. But as I had to leave quickly to get my flight back home, I was unable to pay it in France. I ...
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Left Luggage facilitaties in train stations in France? or Sending luggage from France to Spain?

After some time in Nice, I'm doing the Camino 'Le Puy - Pamplona' track (5-6 week walk and was hoping to leave the rest of my luggage in a train station either in Lyon or Nice. Does anyone know if you ...
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To Apply for a visa: need “one-year health insurance” - but can only book insurance for 365 days

I wish to apply for a working holiday visa for France. One of the requirements in order to get the visa is: "Compulsory one-year health insurance (covering all risks of sickness, maternity, ...
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Are there any nice restaurants or cafes offering Wi-Fi and power outlets in Lyon?

I am a telecommuter looking for a nice place to work out of in Lyon this week. Do you have any recommendations? What I am looking for is free Wi-Fi, power outlets close to seating and preferably a ...
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Can a US physician give a MRI referral that is valid in France?

I am currently in the US and I'll be in France for the summer. Can a physician in the US make a referral that I can use in France? If that matters, I have a French Social Security and the referral ...
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What precautions should travelers take in Spain/France?

On my last visit in Milano Italy, i went to the Duomo. It was the first day of my trip, and definitely the worst. On the second I stepped out the subway, "Tourist hunting gangs" jumps from all over, ...
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Rome to Paris by train

Can anyone tell me how can I book Rome to Paris train ticket? I am trying Trenitalia website but not getting any results. I want the fastest train, preferably running during the daytime. Also, can ...
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Daytrip castles outside Paris

We will spend a couple of days in Paris early fall and would like to spend at least one day visiting a castle or small town with old city centre. What options are there? We have already done ...
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Left Luggage facilities at Paris Gare du Nord?

I know that most big railway stations in Europe are civilised, and have left luggage facilities. Before I plan part of my day in Paris around it being available though, I thought it was worth ...
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Making Restaurant Reservations in Paris from America

Is there a service that makes reservations at restaurants on your behalf? I'm not a fluent French speaker so I'd rather not spend the money calling long distance from America only to not be able to ...
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Last minute reservation of hostels in France

I've arranged a inter rail, with couch surfing as solution to sleep in the night. Lets say I have an inconvenient, and I need to reserve a hostel on the same day for the night: is it easy to find a ...
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Do French immigration police at St. Pancras for Eurostar speak English?

I'm travelling on Eurostar from London to Paris next week, and speak very little French. I'm meeting a friend of mine in Paris who does speak French, so there shouldn't be any problem there, but ...
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Hiking/nature around Lyon

Are there any opportunities for hiking or going out into nature around Lyon, France? I am looking for something that can be done in a single day and does not require a car. What are the best areas ...
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On an Air France “train”, can you credit the trip to Flying Blue or SNCF Voyageur?

For an upcoming trip, it's looking like the cheapest and simplest way to travel will be a train from Lille to Paris CDG, then a flight onwards from there. Playing round with various options, it looks ...
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Do I need to carry my passport while travelling within the Schengen area?

If I have already entered the Schengen area, when am I required by law to carry my passport? Basically do I need it when I Travel within the same city Change cities Board a flight or a train Cross ...
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Buying a rail pass from a non EU country and reserving seats in advance

I'm going to Europe next June and I plan to travel by train. I want to reserve my seats in advance, so I'm thinking about buying them around three months in advance. I'm also thinking about buying a ...
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Crossing the French/Italian (Chamonix/Cormayeur) border via cable car

My partner and I will be travelling through Chamonix on the 25th of April, and we were wanting to travel via cable car through to Courmayeur. Are there cable cars that allow us to travel from Chamonix ...
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During a French TGV strike, must I go to the station to get a full refund for my ticket?

I booked a TGV a while ago with a discount card, the conditions of the ticket are that I can get refunded entirely before the departure of the train, and a fee is withheld if I cancel my ticket the ...
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How can I go to the top of Aiguille du Midi in France?

I want to visit the new Step into the Void glass cube on the top of Aiguille du Midi. Are there any transport such as cable car? How much would it cost?
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How do I get to Alpe d'Huez by public transportation on the race day?

Having studied the Tour de France stage schedule a bit further I now think that the stage ending at Alpe d'Huez on July 18th may be easier to get to then the one ending at Mont Ventoux. It still ...
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I need some explanation about payment modalities on sncf-voyages.com website

I need some explanation about payment modalities on the sncf-voyages.com website. These are the options: Since I don't live in France, I can't use option 2. It is not clear the difference between ...
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10 days in France - a trip from Amsterdam: is it worth buying an InterRail card?

I'm planing a 10 days InterRail trip in France, and I've summed up all point-to-point trains costs = 200 euro. In addition there are the international trains to go and come from Amsterdam (my ...
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Getting to La Tomatina

I'm going for an exchange programme to Nimes, France from Delhi, India, in August, just in time for La Tomatina in Buñol. I was planning to take the overnight bus from Nimes to Valencia that arrives ...
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Driving from Belgium to Portugal

On the 1st of August we're driving from Brussels to Idahna-A-Nova in Portugal to attend Boom Festival. We're leaving very early to avoid as many traffic jams as possible. According to Google Maps we ...
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Can tourists get French cheque books?

Can I get a French cheque book if I am not a resident? Over here in Belgium, cheque books became obsolete two decades ago, so my bank doesn't issue euro cheque books. Cheques in France are quite ...
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Can I continue vaccines in France? (from the US)

I'm about to leave to France this weekend, and just this week I had an incident that now requires a series of vaccines, some of the dates in the series will fall while I'm in France, in two different ...
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Is it too far to go to Eastern Europe on a 5-6 week holiday if I land in Paris?

So we're landing in Europe in September and planning to stay for about 5-6 weeks. We plan to land in Paris as it seems to have the cheapest flights from Australia but also we have to go to France ...
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Why do the 2 rail gauges run together between Hendaye and Irun?

The rail gauges in France and Spain are different, so travelers must change trains at the border. I had always thought that you had to change trains in Irun, Spain but I recently saw on Wikipedia ...
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Fly to France from UK with no passport?

I have a flight to France from the UK tomorrow. My passport is currently with a company that are working on a Visa for India (a miscommunication with a friend menas I thought they had picked it up), ...
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Any special requirements in driving from Spain to France?

I'm renting a car in Barcelona. And i would like to make a trip at the Pyrenees, both the Spanish and French sides. Are there any special requirements needed for the rented car?
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Is it possible to make last-minute reservations on the City Night Train?

I'd like to take the overnight train ("City Night Line") from Germany to France in a few days. The bahn.de site shows the existence of the train, and gives a price ("from 330 EUR") but says it is too ...
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What's the nearest train station to Mont Saint-Michel?

What's the nearest train station to Mont Saint-Michel? Do I need to take a bus to visit it? How much time does it take? Can I make it in half a day?
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Description of overnight train from Paris to Italy?

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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Euro Rail Pass in non-native country

Can I get a Euro Rail Pass in France considering that I haven't applied for it in my native country i.e. India?
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Which trains in France are included in an InterRail card?

I have two questions related to an InterRail in France, I'm planning to have in August. I'm planning to get an InterRail pass for France only, or for France and Benelux as well. Not sure if there ...
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Collecting French (SNCF) “Ticket On Departure” tickets from outside of France?

For an upcoming trip, I've booked some TGV tickets through Rail Europe. They wanted a surprising amount of money for postage, so I opted instead for the free option of "Ticket On Departure", that is, ...
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What is the difference between “Gazole” and “Diesel” in France

I am driving a car with a Diesel engine. I always thought that "Gazole" and "Diesel" were synonymous to each other, only to drive in a gas station which mentioned both terms, as in "Gazole" and ...
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Can one use a TER train inside Île-de-France with an Île-de-France pass?

If one is taking a TER or Intercités for a journey entirely inside Île-de-France, can one use an Île-de-France pass such as Navigo, Mobilis, or Ticket Jeunes Weekend valid for the appropriate zones? ...
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Renting a flat in Lille for a few months - options beyond Air BnB?

I'm currently giving serious considering to spending a couple of months living in Lille in northern France, mostly to try to improve my French. I'm planning to be there too long for just a hostel or ...
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Are the model trains underneath gare de l'est in Paris open to the public?

Some years ago I read the memoires of a Dutch newsreader on his experiences in Paris. In his book, very cliche, called, Gare du nord. The model trains from the basement in gare de l'est were ...