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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Current state of Smoking in Paris

I've been unable to find an accurate explanation of French law regarding smoking. I last visited Paris over 10 years ago, and remember it being fairly normal to be able to smoke both in bars, and on ...
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Which chateaux of the Loire are worth visiting?

When visiting France, one of the great things to see are the Chateaux of the Loire Valley. An hour by TGV from Paris, yet a world apart, with stunning grand palatial castles in beautiful scenery, it's ...
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Can you suggest an interesting route from Spain to Switzerland for a 2-4 day journey?

I'm going from north Spain to Switzerland crossing France and part of the Alps by car. The exact starting point is not defined, but I suppose it will be "La Jonquera" (AP-7 highway) or Andorra. The ...
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Magnetic stripe or EMV (chip-and-pin) credit cards in France?

We are US travelers who will be spending 2 weeks in France (Bordeaux through Provence to Nice) in mid-April 2013. We understand that Europe is well ahead of the US in the use of EMV (chip-and-pin) ...
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What's the cheapest way to travel from Paris to Madrid by train?

I am planning to travel from Northern Germany to Madrid by train in March. I found an offer for a night train to Paris for 43 Euro which is pretty cheap. From Paris to Madrid, my local train ...
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Which scenic road to take to the south of France?

We want to drive to the south of France, by avoiding Paris. Since we will be traveling with small children we want to take it very easy, and take some days to get there. I am familiar with the ...
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How to travel between castles in the Loire valley?

I'm planning to visit Loire valley and spend a week there. I know that I can travel from Paris to Tours by TGV, but I don't know what is the best way to explore the valley and visit individual ...
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Are there any boats from Île Sainte-Marguerite to Île Saint-Honorat?

I am interested in going to the two Lerins Islands, opposite Cannes, France. I know that there are boats from the mainland to either island. However, is there any boat that runs between the two ...
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Pass in the Alps that can be crossed by mountain bike?

I'm looking for a pass in the Alps that I can cross with my mountain bike. I know that if there's a road, I could just use it, but my question is a little bit more special. Ideally this pass ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Renting a car with automatic transmission in Paris

In France the vast majority of cars have manual transmission. To my knowledge, most of the cars with automatic transmission are luxury cars. Is it possible to rent a car with automatic transmission in ...
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Claiming compensation for late service of Eurotunnel

Yesterday I was coming back from France using the Euro Tunnel, and they had substantial delays of about 90 minutes. Hence the question: when is it possible to claim any compensation from them for the ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Can I get a partial refund from SNCF?

I purchased a train ticket from Cherbourg to Reims from TGV Europe. This was two trains, a TER service from Cherbourg to Paris, and a double-decker TGV from Paris to Reims. The TGV part was a "prem", ...
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River swimming near Chinon in France's Loire Valley

My girlfriend and I are staying just outside Chinon for a week and I am really keen to go for a river bathe/swim, somewhere safe. A bit of a Google suggests Barrou, which is an hour or so away, but I ...
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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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How does the SNCF Voyageur program work?

I'm planning some TGV trips soon, but despite being a member of two different Railteam frequent traveller programs already, from this question it doesn't look like I'd be able to credit the journeys ...
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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 ...