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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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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Are there EU Regulations/Laws or French Laws regarding hotel services/amenities?

As the title says are there any laws or regulations that state what services/amenities must be provided inclusive of stay in hotel/motel in France? Booked a holiday to the French Alps and the ...
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Formalities for an American spouse of an EU national staying in France for 4 months annually

My father is an EU/US dual national. My mother, his wife, is a US citizen (only). They are retired, both over 65. They are financially comfortable and own a small residence in France, which they ...
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Recommendations for exploring Brussels and nearby cities [closed]

What points of interest in Brussels and what nearby cities would be recommended when the intend is to solely rely on bus and public transportation rather than rental car. Baggage is not an issue. ...
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Internal train travel in France - cheaper on day, or when pre-booked from UK?

My girlfriend and I are getting the Eurostar train to France next month, and we need to get a connecting train from Paris to Tours. I know I can book the train in advance, but can anyone tell me if ...
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Recalling the train/seat details for a SNCF ticket loaded onto your Voyageur card?

One of the advantages of the SNCF Voyageur program (as touched on in this existing question here) is VOTRE CARTE CONTIENT VOTRE BILLET. This means that when booking your ticket online, you can enter ...
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Winter tyres in France, Germany, and Switzerland

I'm planning a car trip on the board of Germany, France and Switzerland. What is the best place to rent a car? I think is an obligation to have special tires in Germany but not in France. If I rent ...
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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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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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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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As an EU national, what (if any) ID do I need to carry when crossing between France and Belgium?

Based on the expats question "If asked for ID in France by the police, as an EU national what is considered valid?", I know what the rules are for carrying ID as a Brit in France. Secondly, I know ...
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French requirements for breathalysers in cars

I noticed that UK retailer sell packs of breathalysers for motorists intending to drive cars to France. An RAC web-page says While driving in France you are required by law to carry the following ...
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Minimal walking distance when changing at Orleans on train journey: Tours-Orléans-Paris Austerlitz

My girlfriend and I are due to catch a train from Tours to Paris Austerlitz tomorrow, and we need to switch trains at Orléans, with a 12 minute gap between our scheduled arrival at and departure from ...
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How to get from Poitiers TGV station to Futuroscope-du-Poitou

I will be arriving at the TGV train station in Poitiers (from the direction of Paris if that matters) and from there, I want to travel to the Futuroscope-du-Poitou site, where I'd prefer public ...
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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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Accepted student with long sejour visa (OFII) to France, but arriving as tourist

I have been accepted as student for the 2013 January intake. Since the “lettre de attestation” says the program will start by the 4th of January I suppose my visa will be valid just before the program ...
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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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Can I travel to France with my wife who does not have a visa?

Can I travel to France with my wife and child? I have a British passport and so does our daughter, however my wife has a UK stateless travel document. We are looking to travel this Christmas to her ...
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Dog passport in EU, Vet on way back?

We're considering taking our Dog into France from the UK on holiday. We will probably be travelling on the Eurostar. Looking through the web site on getting a dog passport it all seems pretty ...
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Getting from Lille to Paris by public transport, after 10pm

I've been looking at train times from Lille to Paris, and was rather surprised to discover that the last train back is very early. On Monday-Saturday it leaves Lille at 21:51, and gets into Paris at ...
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OFII form in France [closed]

I am an American student studying in Dijon for a semester and had a question regarding the OFII form. I will be in France for the duration of 3 months and 5 days, and I have some other friends ...
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Can I travel from France to UK with a recently expired French passport?

I'm a French national, with a recently expired passport (expired 1 month ago) and no national ID card. I'd like to go to London from Paris (by bus, if it matters). Can I do so with my expired ...
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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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Driving from Nice city (France) to Nice airport are there gas stations that are open early morning?

We've an early morning 7am flight from Nice airport. Are there any gas stations close to Nice airport which are open around 5-5.30am and you can use your credit card to fill up the gas.
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When should one travel by car instead of train when traveling France?

I'm debating if I should travel France by car or not, but I don't know what I need to take into consideration. I'm at the age where I'll be forced to travel first class if I travel France's Eurail. At ...
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How early before departure can I reserve train tickets in France?

I'm trying to book a train journey in France for September. We are currently in May and the SNCF website does not allow me to reserve tickets such a long time (4 months) in advance. So here is the ...
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Can I combine two French stamps?

I want to send a postcard to the US from France. I have two stamps that can be used to send mail within France (value 0.69 each). A normal international stamp is 0.89€. Can I just put these two ...
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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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What are the procedures and documents necessary when traveling to France from the UK (not by plane)?

I have a United States passport and will be in London this year. I am looking into rail and ferry options to coastal France and was wondering if I will need to present any documents other than having ...
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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 ...
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Break journey on train from Nice to Eze

I was trying to book tickets from Nice to Eze, with a break, for same day at Beaulieu. While trying to book on http://uk.voyages-sncf.com/ I am not able to see any option of breaking my journey at an ...
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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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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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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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Can I visit Schengen countries on a long term French Visa?

I have requested for a French long term student visa from India. It's a national visa and not a Schengen visa. My question is that can we still go to other Schengen countries on this visa? If not then ...
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TGV Lyria seat plan: how to interpret it?

I'm taking a look at the seat plan for the Zurich-Paris TGV Lyria. The diagrams only show cars from 1 to 8, but the text says that cars are numbered 1-8 and 11-18. Is car 11 the same thing as car 1, ...
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Least Strict Schengen Visa Application? - France or Italy

My wife and I would like to travel to Europe later this year. We live in the U.S.A. but she needs to obtain a Schengen Visa (short stay) as she is not a U.S. citizen (she's a permanent resident). Our ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 have two Schengen visas in one passport?

I will have to visit Europe twice for five months in total. I am Thai and will need a visa. The maximum stay in europe is 90 days, otherwise you have to apply for a long term stay according to my ...
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What's the cheapest public transportation option to get from Ventimiglia (in Italy) to Antibes?

I want to get from Ventimiglia to Antibes using public transport. I know that the TER train costs about 10 Euros. Is there a cheaper way (a bus maybe?)
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Clarification on early-disembarkation on with a Schengen visa in alternate country

I'm a Nigerian with a 3 month Schengen visa to Athens, Greece double entry. My flight is Air France route Lagos-France-Greece. Can I be stamped in at France at a port of entry before my connecting ...
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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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Transportation from Moutiers Salins Station to Courchevel 1650

I am going on a ski trip in France, at Courchevel 1650. We are taking the TGV to the "Moutiers Salins Brides Les Bains" station. How will I get from the train station to my hotel (which is right at ...
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How close to Kortrijk / Courtray can you get with a Lille public transport ticket (and still make it there)?

A few people have mentioned to me that the Belgian town of Kortrijk / Courtray is nice to visit as a day trip from Lille, and with a good eye can apparently (almost?) be seen from the clock tower of ...
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Can I get off a Eurostar train at an earlier stop? [duplicate]

For an upcoming Eurostar journey I'm considering taking, I've noticed a very odd pricing situation. For some reason, the cost of a ticket on the 19:34 Lille & Brussels service is cheaper if I book ...
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Financial support proof for France Schengen visa

I am planning to apply for France Schengen visa soon. This is 9 days total (including travel). They need my current account statements for the last 3 months. Reg the proof of financial status, the ...