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 far in advance do you need to get to Quimper (UIP) airport?

As I understand it, Quimper Airport (UIP) is not exactly the world's largest or busiest airport. I'm not sure if it has standing jokes about clearing sheep off the runway when needed, as Rotterdam ...
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Prepaid SIM card for data in UK, France, and Finland

I want to buy a SIM card with prepaid data plan in UK. I will travel around France and Finland. I'm staying for less than a month, and I expect to use <250 MB. It seems that most plans don't allow ...
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Wind surfing in Southern France [closed]

Where are inexpensive locations for wind surfing gear rentals in Southern France between Spain and Montpellier? So near Béziers, Perpignan, etc. Google suggests a fair amount exists along Le ...
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If I travel to Paris, can I get by with just English?

If I plan on visiting Paris, but not really the rest of France, is it still important for me to learn at least enough French to get by? Are people in Paris going to be willing to speak English if they ...
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How to get by train from Normandy to Versailles?

What is the best way to get by train from the Mont Saint Michel area to Versailles, France?
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France Visa Query

I have a visa issued by the French embassy in UAE. It will expire on 8th June. Unfortunately my travel plans have changed and now I need to enter France on 10th June. Is it still possible that I enter ...
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Is there another way to book train tickets from outside France/Netherlands?

In the last two days I've tried to buy a train ticket from Rocamadour (France) to Amsterdam on the scnf-voyages.com website. It doesn't work. The website gives the following error message: Suite à ...
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Western Union collection from another post office in France?

A bit of an emergency, my prepaid Euro card has broken and the company Travelex has sent a money gram with the balance of the card to a Post office in Merebel ski resort which is in the valley next to ...
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What is the cheapest way to cross the English Channel from France to the UK on foot, single ticket?

I have looked at P&O's website (www.poferries.com), and a pedestrian day trip return costs €8 each way whereas a single without a return costs €35.50. Are there cheaper options? I assume that ...
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Travelling on a single entry Schengen visa [duplicate]

I have a Schengen visa single entry valid for 60 days.I intend on spending a month in France then taking a flight from Nice through Barcelona to Munich, Germany. Is that possible with this type of ...
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Safest way to send an international check or wire transfer?

I am renting an apartment in France and the owner is requesting I send the deposit and, 30 days prior, the balance of the payment by check or wire transfer, in Euros. He has provided a French postal ...
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What was the tower seen in stage 3 of Tour de France on Corsica?

Stage 3 of this year's Tour de France passed an tower at the end of a headland on the Corsican Coast. Anyone recognise it? According to Wikipedia there are 90 towers on Corsica! Seen here (UK) about ...
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Cheap way of travelling from Paris to nearby countries? [closed]

I am traveling to Paris for a month's time. I would like to visit nearby countries like Luxembourg, Spain, Switzerland etc. Can you please suggest some cheap travel means?
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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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Taking camping food for Skiing in Val Thorens?

I am going on a ski trip with Wasteland Ski in January to Val Thorens and the three valleys also. After looking at some of the restaurants in Val Thorens being quite expensive and the fact that I ...
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Are tickets without reservations interchangeable for Intercités and TER trains?

Suppose a particular route is served by TER trains, as well as Intercités trains which don't require reservation. Is it possible to buy a ticket for that route, valid for a few hours, or a day, or ...
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How does one find out whether a particular Intercités train on a particular route requires reservation?

How does one find out whether a particular Intercités train on a particular route requires a reservation?
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When buying a ticket without a reservation on an Intercités train, is there any advantage to buying it in advance, instead of just before departure?

In particular: Is it possible that buying the same ticket earlier will result in a lower price? Is there a limit on the number of tickets sold (in which case tickets may not be available just before ...
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Summer skiing in europe [duplicate]

I want to learn skiing and wanted to go this summer while I am in Europe. I have searched a few places like this but could not find a definitive answer. I would like to go in month of July (around the ...
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Is there public transport between Quimper Airport and the city centre?

Quimper Cornouaille Airport (UIP) is located about 10km from Quimper, near the village of Pluguffan. That's a little bit more than I fancy walking, so I'm wondering if there's any public transport ...
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What do I need to know to go to the Palace of Versailles?

I'm staying at Paris and I plan on taking a day out to go to Versailles. What type of information should I have to accomplish this? Maybe something like this: How to get in and out of there (wich ...
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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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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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Going to Italy for 2 days then back to UK for 4 days then to France for 2 weeks. Which embassy should I apply to for my Schengen visa? [duplicate]

I've got a dilemma. I am going on my holiday to France for two weeks in July but few days before that I need to fly to Italy for 2 days. So my traveling plan is: going to Italy for two days then back ...
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What is the best time to see the Lavender in France?

The fields of lavender in France are meant to be gorgeous. What is the best time of year to see them in their full glory? How much does it vary from year to year based on the weather?
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Availability of local train tickets in France

The airplane tickets are easily ordered from travel agency. But what about local transport? I have no idea how to reserve the local transport using online reservation. For instance, I can see that ...
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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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How do I get from Nice to Haut de Cagnes by public transport?

How do I get from Nice to Haut de Cagnes using public transportation? Also, it seems pretty close; is it a good idea to visit during the day while staying in Nice, or should I stay the night in Haut ...
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Help for places to see around Nice during the Monaco F1 GP weekend

I am visiting Monaco during the F1 GP weekend from 24/05 - 27/05. I am staying at Nice and traveling to Monaco on Sunday on the GP day. I am planning to arrive in Nice on the evening of 24th by ...
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Stage 15 of le tour ending at Mont Ventoux - how to get there?

I am playing with the thought of getting down to France to see some of the 100th edition of le tour. The 15th stage ends spectacularly at Mont Ventoux after a 20.7 km climb at 7.5%. pic by ...
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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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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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How long does it take to process a French working holiday visa?

I am an Australian, and I need a French Working Holiday visa starting October 16. I will be traveling from August 1 until then. Since I can only apply for the visa a maximum of 3 months before, I have ...
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Public transport journey planner for Lille?

Normally when I'm looking for a public transport trip planner, I try google maps first. If Google have coverage for the city, it's often a good start, and I can find out the official one later (eg by ...
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How long is the process to obtain a French working holiday visa as an Australian?

I am Australian and looking to obtain a working holiday visa for France. I have read and seen that it takes approximately 2 weeks to get the visa after appointment and sending application. Has anyone ...
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How to book entire compartments on French night trains?

On the night trains in France, the so-called "Intercités de nuit", you have three comfort classes: reclining seats, 6 berth sleepers and 4 berth sleepers. The railway company SNCF is advertising ...
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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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Eurail Pass from Lyon to Milan

I plan to buy a Eurail pass that enables me to travel from France to Italy. I plan to buy the France-Italy Rail Pass, but I don't know whether I would need to buy an extra pass because from my ...
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Tourism on Schengen business visa (circulation)

I am an Indian citizen living in UK on a tier 2 visa. Recently, I have received Short stay Schengen visas (multiple entry, business trips for 1 year) for travelling to France. (Applied at French ...
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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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Free Wi-Fi spots in cities and villages in France

Im looking forward to have an interrail in France. Im wondering what are the best free internet wifi spots I can find in several cities in France. Beside the hostels...Starbucks? What about the small ...
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How can I use my Verizon “Global Ready” smartphone in the UK and France?

I'd like to use my Droid Razr Maxx phone, obtained from Verizon in the United States, on an upcoming trip to the UK and France. The product specs claim it is global ready, and it has an accessible SIM ...
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VWP - Can I leave the US and go to Paris and return back to the USA?

I'm going to be traveling to the United States to visit family. I will come back to France at my 90 days and would like to turn around and come back to the US a few days later to spend more time with ...
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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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Single vs. Multiple entry Schengen visa, for Spain and France?

I am from Egypt and I'm planning a vacation to Spain and France. While filling the visa application, should I choose a single or a multiple entry visa?! If i got a single entry Schengen visa, I still ...
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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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How do I discover what parts of France are within 1-day travel?

I'm headed to France next week and I will be staying in Paris. I will use only public transport. How do I calculate what destinations are within a 1/2-day travel (go in the morning, stay the day and ...
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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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What are the options for a prepaid SIM card in Paris? [duplicate]

What are the options for a prepaid SIM card in Paris? Data service is not necessary, only voice. I live in the US and I need to know the phone number for the SIM card before the trip.
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What is the fastest way to get from Courmayeur/Aosta to Milan?

We will be crossing the Italian/French border through Mont Blanc via cable cars, which we heard through Rick Steve's article: From France to Italy over Mont Blanc. We will be starting off in Chamonix ...