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 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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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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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 ...
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Living costs for a week in Val Thorens skiing?

I am just about to go an charge up my Cash Passport card before I go away for a week to Val Thorens. Basing on my knowledge from backpacking last year I was able to spend about 30-50 euros a day ...
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Visa for France - showing actual hotel booking?

I am in UK planning to apply for Schengen visa via French Embassy. The application document requirements for the visa states that you are required to submit: Proof of Hotel reservation ...
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What are the facilities like at Lille Europe station after Eurostar checkin?

Before boarding the Eurostar, you have to go through security (xray of bags and metal detector for people), and juxtaposed boarder controls (show your passport to immigration officers from the country ...
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STATI Schengen : What does it mean

I am going to Europe for my honeymoon. My entry and exit is from Rome. My Visa says Stati Schengen, Type C. I understand Type C is for short term travel. Can anyone help me understand Stati means ? ...
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Do rental cars in France come with the two legally required breathalyzers?

As of June 2012 France requires all cars / drivers to carry two self-test breathalyzers. Do all rental car companies supply them and if I use one what is the charge associated with it?
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Can you get from London to the French Alps by train, with no/minimal changes?

For a lot of people, the default way to get from London to the French Alps to go skiing is to fly, then take a long bus connection to get to the resort. However, with the current snow and wintery ...
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Rome to Paris by train

Can anyone tell me how can I book Rome to Paris train ticket? I am trying Trenitalia website but not getting any results. I want the fastest train, preferably running during the daytime. Also, can ...
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What's the cheapest way to travel from Paris to Madrid by train?

I am planning to travel from Northern Germany to Madrid by train in March. I found an offer for a night train to Paris for 43 Euro which is pretty cheap. From Paris to Madrid, my local train ...
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Renting a holiday house in the Riviera with a small child

Where is the best place to do holiday rentals for a holiday house in the Riviera? Any particular webpage or operator would be appreciated. We are considering somewhere between Antibes and Nice, but ...
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Is it possible to make last-minute reservations on the City Night Train?

I'd like to take the overnight train ("City Night Line") from Germany to France in a few days. The bahn.de site shows the existence of the train, and gives a price ("from 330 EUR") but says it is too ...
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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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How to travel between castles in the Loire valley?

I'm planning to visit Loire valley and spend a week there. I know that I can travel from Paris to Tours by TGV, but I don't know what is the best way to explore the valley and visit individual ...
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Getting on Eurostar at the wrong station

I have bought return tickets from London to Lille Europe on Eurostar. The trains on my outward and inbound journeys both stop at Calais Frethun. Will Eurostar let me get on in Calais on the inbound? ...
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Traveling to France before date of the long sejour visa

I would like to travel to France before the starting date of my long sejour visa. I thought it will be no problem since I can travel to the Schengen only with my passport without asking any permission ...
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Driving License required for travelling to France from UK

What driving license is required for driving in France from UK? Is it paper, card or both? The gov.uk site says: You can use your Great Britain (GB) or Northern Ireland driving licence in all ...
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Euro Rail Pass in non-native country

Can I get a Euro Rail Pass in France considering that I haven't applied for it in my native country i.e. India?
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Saving leftovers from restaurants in Paris

Doggy bags for saving leftovers in restaurants are extremely common in the USA, especially as portions sizes are usually too large to consume in one meal. But I have read in various forums that it ...
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Paris on a Tuesday - are the Louvre and the Pompidou Centre the only “big” attractions that are closed?

One that's caught me out before is that the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays. It looks like the Centre Pompidou is also closed Tuesdays (French - Tuesday=Mardi). However, the Paris Modern Art Museum ...
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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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Visiting Formula 1 Monaco GP on a tight budget

Racing is in my blood. I love Formula 1 and I have already watched live races in Germany and Belgium. But I'm dreaming of the Monte Carlo GP. The problem is - MONEY. So what's gonna be the cheapest ...
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Most convenient train to arrive in France from Amsterdam?

I need to travel from Amsterdam to France by train. I'm not visiting Paris, but many cities all around the country. What's the most convenient train to arrive in France ? I've heard there is a train ...
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Does the Carte 12-25 still exist in France?

Back in the day, I used a "Carte 12-25" discount card to obtain discounts on rail travel in France. I see that the 12-25 card has a website, complete with a spot to order, but the main page seems to ...
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Daytrip castles outside Paris

We will spend a couple of days in Paris early fall and would like to spend at least one day visiting a castle or small town with old city centre. What options are there? We have already done ...
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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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Is Colmar's railway station next to the city center?

I'm thinking about taking a train to Colmar to do some sightseeing there. But is the railway station next to the city center, respectively the old town or is it far away?
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Why do there seem to be no long distance buses in France?

User iHaveacomputer's answer to a question about smoking and EU trains and buses mentions that in Germany the state-owned railway has a monopoly on long-distance travel. On my first trip to ...
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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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Using your passport / confirmation email as your ticket on a train from Barcelona to Lyon?

So currently traveling at the moment and last night i booked a train from Barcelona to Lyon. I used the tgv-europe.com and the last time I ordered a ticket from there it was easy, it just sent me a ...
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What is the difference between “Gazole” and “Diesel” in France

I am driving a car with a Diesel engine. I always thought that "Gazole" and "Diesel" were synonymous to each other, only to drive in a gas station which mentioned both terms, as in "Gazole" and ...
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Finding a notary in France / Italy

I sometimes need to have documents notarized while travelling abroad. How can I find a notary in a foreign country? The U.S. embassies and consulates will notarize things for me, but this is ...
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Is it too far to go to Eastern Europe on a 5-6 week holiday if I land in Paris?

So we're landing in Europe in September and planning to stay for about 5-6 weeks. We plan to land in Paris as it seems to have the cheapest flights from Australia but also we have to go to France ...
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How are road charges collected in France?

This summer we'll go to France by car for the first time. I noticed that some motorways on our route require road charge to be paid (in case it matters - we're going from Freiburg to Perpignan). How ...
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About canceled trains in France

I've booked several train tickets for an inter rail in France. I haven't bought any insurance in case of cancellation. If a train is canceled or delayed by many hours, is there something I can do, or ...
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I need some explanation about payment modalities on sncf-voyages.com website

I need some explanation about payment modalities on the sncf-voyages.com website. These are the options: Since I don't live in France, I can't use option 2. It is not clear the difference between ...
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Visiting Rocamadour, France by train

Is Rocamadour rail station near the city centre? Can I go to visit Rocamadour by train, or do I need a car for it?
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Trains connections between Cannes and Montpellier

The train connection between Cannes and Montpellier seems to be A bit tricky. There are trips with 2 or more trains changes. And then Ive found an intercitea for 30 euros only, every day at 16. Is it ...
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Using Eurorail to buy a flexible ticket in France?

I am currently travelling around France and having a good time. I have a Eurail pass for eight journeys in France. I have used one of those journey from Paris to Rennes. I was wondering is it ...