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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Are there ways to keep long-distance land transport costs down in France when not planning in advance?

Ten years ago I travelled around Europe for the first time and in some countries I was very frustrated by high cost of trains and lack of alternatives to them. I remember being in Cannes with a ...
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Public transport options between Paris and EuroDisney

We're based in the UK, trying to arrange a family holiday for next year where everyone can enjoy themselves. So, a few days at Eurodisney and a few days in the city of Paris. We don't want to stay on ...
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On TGV (or other French long-distance trains), can you take the earlier/later train?

Last year I had a ticket on a certain TGV. I arrived let due to getting a coffee. I got on the next TGV, an hour later. I figured I'd have to buy a new ticket on board. Surprisingly, the chef said, ...
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How can I get people to speak the local language to me?

I went to Paris 2 years ago. When I was there, I was learning the language by talking and listening to the local people. But, while I was trying to speak French with them, they would speak English to ...
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Can I apply for a new Schengen visa before my current multiple entry visa expires?

Hoping someone can help me figure out what to do. I've got a South African passport with a 90 days multiple entry Italian Schengen visa, expiring 14-03-2016. I'm currently in France till mid November ...
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Traveling to France with prescripton medications

I take several medications for my fibromylgia and arthritis all are prescription drugs. Will I need any documentation from my doctor? A couple of these are classed narcotics.
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Is it legal to bring a Jamon Iberico from Spain into the UK, passing through France?

I have not tried this in the past, but I am guessing that since all countries involved are part of the EU, it should be possible. I am planning to fly from Barcelona to Paris, after which I will ...
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Rules for wild swimming in France

There are many locations for wild swimming in France like Pont du Diable, Gorges du Verdon, etc and these are among the many known spots for wild swimming enthusiasts. I want to know if there are any ...
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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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Do I need to label my luggage on the French TGV?

I'm travelling by TGV in France early tomorrow morning. I just spotted this little bit on my ticket: We remind you that luggage must be labelled with your surname and first name. I've generally ...
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Buying Paris metro tickets from Eurostar before/during the journey?

Whenever a Eurostar gets into Brussels, and especially when one gets into Paris, there is always a mad scramble for the metro ticket machines, and if you weren't in the first coach then a very long ...
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Android app for exploration

I love exploring my city, however keeping track of which street I have already seen is a hassle. Would any of you know an "exploration" app that only mark in a specific color each location where I ...
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Scenic route from Switzerland to Calais [closed]

I'm planning to go to England by car for holidays. I would like to take a nice route from Switzerland to Calais where I will take the ferry to England. I don't mind that it will take longer of course. ...
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Ground on “type E” plug adapter

I brought to the US a French Belkin F7C01008 power-strip with a "type E" plug. I got an adapter for US plugs, however it lacks the "male grounding pin" that the French type E plug expects. Although ...
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Prepaid SIM card for data in France (Paris)

I'm going to travel to Paris in two weeks for 5 days. I'd like to buy a prepaid SIM card for my phone, no calls or SMS needed - only data is sufficient. I've looked through French mobile operators and ...
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Schengen visa waiver for US citizens after residence permit expires?

I'm a US citizen working in Finland. I'm waiting for my residence permit renewal to be processed, which takes quite a long time. (Recently, it seems that the turnaround time is over 120 days. I don'...
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Compensation for Eurotunnel delay of 4 1/2 hours 2015 [duplicate]

Arrived 1 hour before scheduled departure hoping to get an earlier crossing but told on arrival that the trains were delayed by 1 hour. In Duty Free the boards said crossings were delayed by 2 hours. ...
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Receiving a compensation from SNCF after missing ferry due to delayed train

A few days ago I was traveling out of Paris by SNCF Grandes Lignes. The train was announced with 30 minutes delay, but left later than that, and arrived in Le Havre with nearly an hour delay. It ...
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UK visa requirements for Algerian citizen in France on French tourist visa wanting to visit UK?

When an Algerian citizen in France on a French tourist visa wishes to visit the UK, entering and leaving by Eurostar, must he apply for a UK tourist visa? If so, should he apply 3 months before (as ...
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Purchase Paris Visite “zones1-3” to travel from CDG to Paris center!

Since I will stay in Paris for 5 days, I am thinking to buy unlimited travel passes (Paris Visite "zones1-3"). I need also to use RER B to travel from CDG airport to paris center. But the airport is ...
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Why are hotels in Paris too expensive? [closed]

I am planning on vacationing in Paris for a few days and really have a problem with these expensive hotels. I have two options: Pay too much, at least 220€/night and stay in comfortable/safe hotel. ...
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Do U.S. citizens need visa for short term stay in France?

I am confused about traveling for tourism from USA to France. I am a US citizen, currently a student and not employed for work. I would like to travel to France several times over the next few months, ...
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How to apply for a Schengen visa when not having a specific plan in advance?

I am planning a trip across Europe but I'm a bit sketchy on the details and would really appreciate some help with the following questions: 1) I have a temporary UK residency since I'm a student ...
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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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Customs in coach travel between France and UK

When travelling between France and the UK via the Eurostar train, I have never actually been stopped by customs on either direction. I've seen some people being stopped, but it seems that it's on a ...
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Comfortable transfer from BVA to Paris center [duplicate]

I need to get from Paris Beauvais Tille Airport to Paris center. What are my options (times, prices)? I'll be travelling as two (or three) adults plus two small kids, therefore comfortable options ...
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Is there a map/list of all regional trains departing from Paris?

I am interested in visiting around Paris and since French regional trains are quite convenient (no reservation, no last minute high price) to travel and explore an area I would like to know if there ...
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My multiple-entry Schengen visa was issued by france but I am travelling to Spain [duplicate]

I have been issued a Schengen visa at the Dutch consulate in Ghana to enter France. Can I travel to Spain first and then continue to France after that? On my multiple-entry visa, FR is printed on it.
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Is it possible to get from France to England and from Denmark to Sweden human powered?

For a project of mine, I would like to cycle from France to England and from Denmark to Sweden. In case of France to England I think it is definitively not possible to cycle through the tunnel. But ...
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Urgent! Can I enter France before my Long Sejour Visa begins? [duplicate]

I am a student and I will be studying abroad in France for a semester. I am scheduled to enter France on 26 August for a family vacation before my program begins, however (through a series of ...
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Travelling with the application receipt for a French residence permit?

I want to know whether I can continue to travel, if I have the receipt (récépissé) but am still waiting on the residence permit (carte de séjour)? That is, can I leave the French territory to go to ...
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Travelling to other Schengen state with French Schengen Visa [duplicate]

I travelled to France last February using French Schengen Visa and my visa expired last April. I have acquired my new French Schengen Visa (in the same passport). Can I enter Italy or any other ...
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Intercités de Nuit “Espace Privatif" with 2nd class Interrail?

The French Intercites de Nuit offer the option to book Espace Privatif for a supplement. It is available when booking at least one ticket in first class or at least four in second class. For example,...
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Indian National - British Permanent Resident - Travelling With Son To Europe From UK - Visa Needed?

We wish to take my mother on a surprise holiday. She has an Indian passport but has indefinite leave to remain in the UK. Is it possible to go to France for example without a visa? If not, how ...
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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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Visiting cave paintings in Dordogne with small kids

We would like to visit the caves in Dordogne and see the wall paintings. We are travelling with small kids (5 years, 2.5 years and 3 months). I heard there is a very limited number of tickets to the ...
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Can I travel to France for the second time with my visa type D?

I was doing exchange programme in France for 4 months. For this, I got the visa for a long stay. Particulars mentioned on my visa are: France (sauf CTOM) From 22-08-2013 till 22-02-2014 Type of ...
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Cheap hotels with family rooms near motorways in France

I am driving to France with my family, so we will be 2 adults, 2 children and one infant. I guess we need a family 4 person room, because the infant can either use a travel cot or share the bed with ...
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Getting a Tourist visa after a Student visa

I did see a very similar question to this but it applied to working visas not student visas, but my situation is that I will be studying in France next year for 5-6 months using a student visa. Can I ...
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Passport control location when travelling from Disneyland Resort (Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy) by train to London

I am an Indian planning to take a train from Disneyland Resort (Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy) to London. Please let me know where France Immigration exit and UK Immigration Entry will be done.
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Which TGV routes travel at 500+ km/hr?

I want to take a TGV for the experience of traveling very fast on the ground. The Lyria trains are advertised to travel at 524+ km/hr. The TGV I took only went 300 km/hr. Does anyone know which routes ...
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Valid for Italy student visa but entry point is France [duplicate]

I have a category D student visa valid for Italy. I want to enter from Paris and stay there for 3 days before heading to Italy. Do I or can I apply for a Schengen tourist visa so I could enter Paris? ...
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Taking a nap at Puy du Fou

I am traveling to Puy du Fou , I am wondering whether there is any good place to take a nap in this theme park.
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Nantes airport shuttle details

Could anyone supply me with details of the shuttle bus operating at Nantes airport (France) - times, costs, etc.
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Application for Schengen visa when bank statement is not available

I would be going to UK and from there I would like to apply for a Schengen visa where the port of entry would be France. My friend who is a student stays in Lyon and I would be visiting him. However ...
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US passport holder visiting France for short scientific visit

I will be visiting France this fall for a "scientific visit" of about 80 days, and the relevant visa for this trip is the "Short stay visa for scientists, researchers and teachers" visa: http://www....
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Travelling to Schengen area with Type-D national Visa of Spain

Can I travel to France with my 90-days Type-D Visa (Trabajo Y Residencia) of Spain ? Its a Multiple Entry Visa. I had applied for Residence card (T.I.E) but did not receive yet. My Visa is valid till ...
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Convention d’accueil

I have been asked to bring this document "Convention d’accueil" for short stay visa in France, with me on the date of appointment, I could not understand from where I can get this document? Any idea ...
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Schengen visa for a one-week visit: Can I ask for a 90-day visa? [closed]

I am applying for a short-stay visa (less than 90 days) for attending a conference in France. I am going for a week, but the online form is for a multiple-entry visa only so what should be the Date ...
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Schengen visa refused two times by the French consulate, how to appeal? [closed]

I have been denied visa twice by the French embassy, how do I appeal? Reason were subsistence and justification and purpose of intended stay not reliable. I am a working guy in an IT company. I gave ...