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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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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French visa confusion

I currently hold a multi entry Schengen visa that is valid until May. I have used up my 90 days for this 6 month period staying with my parents who have recently emigrated tho France. I am now moving ...
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Cell phone service providers in France with English customer support

Which major cell phone providers provide English customer support in France? Not speaking French, I find it extremely daunting to deal with them and I already had some rather bad experiences with a ...
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Ground on “type E” plug adapter

I brought to the US a French Belkin F7C01008 power-strip with a "type E" plug. I got an adapter for US plugs, however it lacks the "male grounding pin" that the French type E plug expects. Although ...
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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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In Paris, can one purchase pre-paid sim card upon arrival at CDG airport?

Going to Paris with just 3 days stay. Would like local SIM card, no data. Is it possible to purchase at airport?
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Intercités de Nuit “Espace Privatif" with 2nd class Interrail?

The French Intercites de Nuit offer the option to book Espace Privatif for a supplement. It is available when booking at least one ticket in first class or at least four in second class. For ...
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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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Why are hotels in Paris too expensive? [closed]

I am planning on vacationing in Paris for a few days and really have a problem with these expensive hotels. I have two options: Pay too much, at least 220€/night and stay in comfortable/safe hotel. ...
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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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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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Leaving France without having gotten OFII stamp

US passport. I have a long stay visitor visa in France for one year. I never got the OFII stamp/vingette. I know other people who have left France having never gotten OFII and had no problem. The ...
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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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Is it easy to get a visa for France if one already has a visa for the UK and applies from the UK?

For a Russian citizen: If I have a general purpose (6 months) visa for the UK, and am currently in the UK, does that make it easier to get a visa for France. For example: I'm in the UK on the ...
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Car rental in France with U.S. drivers license

We are planning a trip to Chamonix next winter. I was wondering if it is possible to rent a car there with an American drivers license. Also, is it recommended to buy local insurance or just use my ...
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Airport transit visa for Munich, if I have Long Stay visa type D for France (sauf CTOM)

I am an Indian citizen and I was granted a visa from the French Consulate. It says that my visa type is Long Stay "D" valid for France (sauf CTOM). I am going to Nice (France) via Munich (Germany), ...
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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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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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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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Passport control location when travelling from Disneyland Resort (Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy) by train to London

I am an Indian planning to take a train from Disneyland Resort (Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy) to London. Please let me know where France Immigration exit and UK Immigration Entry will be done.
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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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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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Camping in French National Parks

'Wild camping' is permitted in France, but not in national parks, according to this question. How strictly is this enforced, and what are the consequences of camping in the a national park? Are ...
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What is “Member states of destination” on Visa application

I am traveling to Paris staying there for 5 days then flying to Spain and staying there for 10 days. My understanding is that since Spain is where I am spending most of the time then I should apply ...
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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 ...
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Driving from Genoa to The Hague with an LPG car

We are a family of 4, two adults + 5 years old + 8 months old. We are traveling to The Hague, Holland from Genoa, Italy. We decided to go by car, and we are trying to calculate costs. So here it goes: ...
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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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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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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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Wine Tastings in Burgundy

Planning a little trip through Europe which will put me for some time in Burgundy. I am used to US wineries, which have a tasting room at the vineyard/winery and while you may not be able to visit ...
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Do the SNCF fidelity “points monnaie” expire when switching status?

I am currently a member of the SNCF fidelity program and I am a "Grand Voyageur", a status that lets you collect points ("points monnaie") for every euro spent. Soon, it will be the anniversary of my ...
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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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Traveling from Mexico to Amman; do I need a transit visa for CDG or LHR?

I am a Jordanian citizen living in Mexico. I will be traveling from Mexico to Amman, Jordan. Do I need a transit visa for CDG or LHR? I have less than a 24 hour layover.
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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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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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Something to do in or around Colmar in France [closed]

My wife and I will be travelling to Colmar in Alsace, France, in July with our year-old son. We will be meeting some friends there with their 2 year old son. What would some suggestions be for things ...
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Taking a nap at Puy du Fou

I am traveling to Puy du Fou , I am wondering whether there is any good place to take a nap in this theme park.
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Importing laptop as gift in France, how much duty will I have to pay?

I will fly into France from the U.S. with my personal laptop. I also want to take a new one as a gift for my hostess. Will I have to pay a tax duty on it?