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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Which side of Lyria train to sit on from Paris to Geneva?

We're traveling from Paris to Geneva on the Lyria. Is there a more scenic side to sit on? Does upper or lower level have any impact on view? We're going first class. We'd very much like Club2 seating ...
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How does the price for flight tickets between France and New Zealand evolve during the year? [duplicate]

Planning a trip to New Zealand, I'm looking to mitigate my travel date against flight cost. What is the evolution of prices for round-trip flights between France and New-Zealand during the year?
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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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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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Applying for a Schengen visa in Paris?

I am currently having a Schengen visa (short stay visa: 90 days). My visa was issued by the French embassy, multi-entries, valid for 1 year, with a maximum stay of 90 days. And it will expire next ...
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Entry Point for Schengen Visa Dilemma [duplicate]

I applied for a Schengen visa to enter through Germany (Frankfurt) and got it. Now I found a much cheaper flight to Paris and would rather fly there and maybe make my way to Germany eventually or ...
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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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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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Applying for Schengen visa from India for a person working in USA

I'm working in the USA on a H1B visa and am currently in India on vacation. On my flight back to the US, I want to visit Paris for a couple of days. Is it possible for me to apply for the Schengen ...
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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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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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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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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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Dual nationality, not sure how to switch passports!

I am a US and EU citizen residing in the US. I am going backpacking throughout Africa and want to travel on my EU passport. My flight is US–Paris–Tunis–Cairo. When do I use each passport? Do I book my ...
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Do I need to show amount of money at airport in France?

I want to travel to France for 2 weeks vacation as a tourist. But since my trip is a sudden one, I am planning to stay in a hotel for a few days then will be meeting a few friends there. Will they ...
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France Schengen Visa; Want to Travel to Italy Next Month [duplicate]

I was recently issued a France Schengen Visa (multiple entries); however, I want to travel to Italy next month...will I need to apply for a Spanish Schengen Visa or can I use the France Visa to go to ...
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Change of plans: Going to another country with a single-entry Schengen visa

I have a Schengen visa issued from a Swiss Embassy. Can I use it to enter France as my first entry to the Schengen area?
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How to get from Aeroport CDG 1 RER B stop to Terminal 1 arrivals

I am required to pick someone up at the CDG airport. I live in Gif-sur-Yvette in ile-de-France and can get to RER stop "CDG 1" (that caters to CDG terminal 1). I read that I would need to take the ...
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Europe: differences between colours of highway road-signs

I'm now travelling in France and - as any Italian - one of the first thing we learn when running on highways is that the road signs have a different colour. In particular, in this case it is pretty ...
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UK Visa valid for next 5 months, can I apply for Schengen Visa?

I have migrated from India to UK on a Short term ICT Tier 2 visa, I want to visit Europe, and want to apply for Schengen Visa for the same. However, my UK Visa is valid only until August, i.e., 5 ...
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Transport from Grenoble to Vaunières

I am traveling to France by 31 of July and I'd like to know some more information about transport. My main question is how to get from Grenoble to Hameau de Vaunieres. I've already searched on SNCF ...
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Can I own a French registered car as a non-resident?

I would love to drive through Brazil and Suriname starting from French Guyana. However, renting a car to do this proved to be impossible. There are ferries between France and Suriname and a bridge ...
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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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In which church do the French royalists meet?

Rumours go that there is still a small, but active community of French royalists. They apparently meet regularly in a church close to the Seine in Paris. Is this rumour true, if so can I join their ...
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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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Lyon at night - where to eat?

Are there any places that serve food late at night (after 23:00) around Vieux Lyon or between 1st and 2nd arrondissement? I'm thinking wine bars that serve charcuterie perhaps, or street food…
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Documents necessary (and recommended) for first time travel to EU for US Citizen

My fiancée who is an American citizen is travelling to visit me in France. Since I am not an American citizen and am from South Asia, working in France, I have no experience in advising her or ...
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Travel from Barcelona to Nice visiting Carcassonne on the way

I'm planning to fly to Barcelona, stay there for about a week and then make my way to Nice and fly back home from there a week later. It seems like taking a bus is the easiest and cheapest way to ...
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GPS app for travelling in France

I plan to travel to France this summer and rent a car for my convenience. The trip might last 12 days. However, I don't want to buy a GPS with France map nor rent a GPS because this cost too much and ...
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Getting from Kortrijk or Mouscron to Lille by public transport, after the last train

Following the advice in this question on travelling from Lille to Kortrijk / Courtray and onwards, on Saturday I headed over to Belgium. Coming back, I discovered that while there are trains quite ...
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Cellphone carriers in Europe

I am planning to move to France and I am a bit curious, how do cellular carriers/networks operate in the European Union? If I have a mobile from Orange, will it stop working once I leave France? Is it ...
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American citizen, resident in Israel, getting student visa for France

My family and I (American citizens) have been living in France on tourist visas for the past 87 (88?) days. We plan on staying in France long term. But as you might know, we have to leave the country ...
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What's the typical response time for a SNCF Réclamation en Ligne claim?

Earlier this week I got caught out by the SNCF strikes when my train was cancelled, and ended up with an unexpected night in Paris. I've had a chat with my (expensive but fairly generous) travel ...
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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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Planning to travel to France from India as solo traveler

I am currently working in a company in India since 2 years but later this year I am going to Canada to pursue my grad degree.(I am an Indian national) Before I join my university in Canada, I want to ...
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Aix-en-Provence TGV station blocked by cabbies? [closed]

I heard this was planned and my train goes on the 18th, does anyone know if it's happening?
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Any bus from Grenoble to Valence France?

As you might know, there is a strike going on in France, which affects all TGV TER trains, including some buses run by SNCF. SO I am looking for an alternative travel option from Grenoble to Valence ...
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Re-entering Europe with a French “long séjour” visa [duplicate]

I am a national from Mexico, currently an exchange student following a program in France and have a "long séjour" residence permit (multiple entry visa). During the summer holidays, I plan to travel ...
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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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French Strikes: Using idTGV ticket for standard (SNCF) TGV

The French railways are on a strike. I know I can take another train if I fit in. However, can I use an idTGV ticket Paris - Toulon on a SNCF-TGV train? If not, do I have any other possibility since ...
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Long drive in France. Are there places to shower and securely park my car?

I'm debating if I should go for a long drive (possibly over night) in France. However, if I opt to do so, are there places where I can shower, and park my car securely (sleeping in car)? How do I go ...
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Can someone with a learners drivers license (from elsewhere in the EU) drive supervised in France?

Based on these answers over on the Expats SE site, I understand that if you have a full driving license from one European Union country, you are fine to use it as-is in other EU countries on holidays, ...
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Can I apply for Schengen visa 4 months before travel

I am indian citizen on H1b visa in US. I am planning to visit France in Oct 2014. Can I apply for Schengen visa now about 3/4 months in advance. Are there any restrictions that on early you can apply ...
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Schengen visa to France and Sweden

I'm a non-EU student in the UK for almost a year. I plan to apply for Schengen visa to France- Sweden this August. This is my first time applying for the visa so I have some concerns if you could help ...
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Is there a SIM card that works in Spain, France, and Italy?

I am traveling to Europe later this month and I have an iPhone 5. What companies offer prepaid SIM cards that work in Spain, France, and Italy, if there are any? the iPhone 5 is CDMA and GSM ...
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Germany-Bremen To France-Lyon

What is the cheapest way to travel from Bremen or Hamburg (Germany) to Lyon (France) and return. The time is end of August. I am looking for plane/train/bus possibilities and duration of travel can ...
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Travelling before entering India with UK visa

I've just applied for my Indian visa as a UK resident, but I'm planning on going to France beforehand, then flying to India from there. Will going to France before India be a considered a problem? As ...
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French rules for long stay visa: OFII

I was looking for somebody to guide me about the OFII rules catering to the French long stay visa. I'm going as an exchange student to Nimes, France from Delhi, India. As my stay is over 90 days, I ...
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Can I earn SNCF Voyager points, for a booking made without the membership number?

Having now worked out what the SNCF Voyageur program is, I've gone ahead and joined it, as I've a number of TGV journeys coming up in the coming months. The slight wrinkle is that most of these TGV ...
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Can you use your mobile phone in the Channel Tunnel?

The Channel Tunnel (Le tunnel sous la Manche) is a ~50km tunnel (well, a set of 3 tunnels) running between England and France, used by both high-speed Eurostar trains and slower car trains / freight ...