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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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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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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Applying for tax refund in France for an item that have been bought by Frenchman

I am a South Korean citizen traveling in France for a few days. I want to go to a store that participates in the tax-free scheme (namely Louis Vuitton Paris) so that I can apply for tax refund in ...
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What's the best SIM card for France, with long validity and no hidden fees?

What's the best SIM card for France, with long validity and no hidden fees? And preferably cheap to access from other countries. I come to Europe for some months every year and wish to have continuity ...
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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 TGV, missed it, and got on the next one an hour later. I figured I'd just have to buy a new ticket on board. (ie, I missed it just because I was late walking to the ...
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What are police procedures in France when the victim is a traveler?

I have a friend who went to France a few days ago. Now I have received the following message from a friend of hers: "Hello, I'm Amanda's friend (fictional name) and I received a call from where she ...
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How to get from Monaco to Nice by public transport? [duplicate]

How to take public transport from Monaco to Nice, and beyond to Vence please?
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To travel to Athens with a valid French Schengen visa, do I need to obtain a Greek Schengen visa?

I am an Indian national holding a valid multiple entry French Schengen visa for four years. I would like to visit Athens, Greece to attend a conference in September. Can I travel with this French ...
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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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How to use a “code avantage” discount code from the SNCF Voyageur program?

Thanks to this earlier question on the SNCF Voyageur program, I now know roughly how the program works, and I've signed up for it. Despite some issues with previously bought tickets, I've managed to ...
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Food on the TGVs between France and Spain?

In a few days time, I'll be taking a long TGV trip, on the new(ish) service between Barcelona and Paris. Given the length of the journey, I'm wondering about the food available on board, and hence if ...
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Why do UK train tickets crossing London include the underground, but Paris ones don't for the metro?

When buying a UK train ticket, if one of the allowed routes for it involves changing stations in London, then then the route on the ticket will be printed with a dagger (†; described in publications ...
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Can I buy pre-paid data plan in France for 4 weeks, without speaking French?

I am going to France (with a car) for just over 3 weeks. Is it possible to buy a pre-paid SIM card with Internet (around 500MB - 1GB), so I can use it with my phone? An important complication is that ...
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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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Re-applying for Schengen visa from French embassy [duplicate]

I obtained a Schengen visa from the French embassy and due to my work commitment I couldn't go. Is this gonna affect my application if I apply again to get a visa?
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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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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 ...