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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Hiking/nature around Lyon

Are there any opportunities for hiking or going out into nature around Lyon, France? I am looking for something that can be done in a single day and does not require a car. What are the best areas ...
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Car insurance in France for 100 days

We are travelling to France for an extended stay which is over 90 days (~100). Our motor insurance only covers for 90 days out of UK and have told us they cannot extend this period. Could I cancel ...
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Got Schengen Visa from France Embassy, but plan to visit Spain before France [duplicate]

Got Schengen Visa from France Embassy (20th Feb - 8th May), but plan to visit france in March (27th Mar). Can i visit Spain before that on the same Visa in Feb itself or early March without having ...
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Indian citizen living in United Kingdom wants to get a Schengen visa for France

I am an Indian living in UK with a valid UK business visa. I learnt that it is not possible to get a France on-arrival visa from this question. Can I walk in to the French embassy in UK and apply for ...
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Claiming compensation for late service of Eurotunnel

Yesterday I was coming back from France using the Euro Tunnel, and they had substantial delays of about 90 minutes. Hence the question: when is it possible to claim any compensation from them for the ...
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Indian having UK visa. Can I get a Schengen visa on arrival at France?

I am Indian travelling to UK with a business visa. I plan to travel to France for a day or two, while I am in UK through Euro Tunnel. Can I get a Schegan visa on arrival at France? How much does it ...
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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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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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How to “acquire the right” to travel within the Schengen states while on “Long term French visa”

I am a citizen of India (third-country national?) and I currently reside in the United States. I will be joining a job in France on a "Long stay French visa". I was looking around the web to see if I ...
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Where to find dacquoise in Paris?

Where can I eat Dacquoise in Paris? For those who are food-illiterate, here is the definition of Dacquoise from wikipedia: Dacquoise A dacquoise is a dessert cake made with layers of almond ...
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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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Do I need a Visa for a Schengen train trip with stop-over in other Schengen countries? [duplicate]

I am an Indian citizen with a US green card. I am going on a study abroad trip to London and I know I need a visa for that. However, I do plan to take a trip to Germany to visit my relatives via train ...
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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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Calling within Europe

I am traveling this spring in Switzerland, France and Italy. I want to be able to make just a handful of local calls in each country. I will NOT be using my American cellphone to call the United ...
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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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Why do the 2 rail gauges run together between Hendaye and Irun?

The rail gauges in France and Spain are different, so travelers must change trains at the border. I had always thought that you had to change trains in Irun, Spain but I recently saw on Wikipedia ...
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What area is considered to be Marseille's city centre?

Since I am travelling in Marseille by the end of this month and have no idea whatsoever of the city it would be good if you guys had any information to share with me. It would be useful to know where ...
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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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Do I need a visa for Paris, if my connecting flight stops for 24 hours in Paris?

Do I need visa for Paris, if my connecting flight stops at Paris for 24hrs and I want to visit Paris during that 24hrs? I have US B1 visa. I'll be travelling from San Francisco to Bangalore (India) ...
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Apply for a new visa when I still have a valid C visa but not enough days of stay?

I have a valid c-type visa, multiple, 30 days, validity: 2/10/2014 - 2/1/2015 which I'd use this October for 12 days. I plan to travel again entering Schengen 10/12/2014 and exit on 2/1/2015 . total ...
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Knife and fork handed back for next course; customary in France?

Recently, whilst dining in France I have noticed a custom that seems strange to me. Typically in the UK I will expect a clean knife and fork for my main course after finishing my starter. However, ...
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Short-term luggage storage in Alpe d'Huez

We have to check out at 10:00h from our apartment in Alpe d'Huez and then our bus departs only after 15:00h. The agency doesn't have any luggage storage facilities. Where can we leave our luggage for ...
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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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Any tips for parking in Nice, France to save money?

Free parking in old town is super hard to find and parking otherwise is very expensive. Do travelers have tips to save money on parking. Are there parking places outside old town that are free to park ...
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Paris and Riviera - July/August 2015 By Train

This summer I will be going to a wedding in Paris at the beginning of July. Our plan was to just do Paris originally, but we are now considering adding London at the beginning or the French riviera ...
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With a Lille Pass Pass smart ticket, what happens if the wrong ticket type is selected by the validator?

Lille has recently switched to only allowing smart cards for tickets, the old paper tickets have been phased out. (No-one's updated their English language pages on tickets for that however...). As ...
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How to get from Nice to Monaco by public transport?

What's the simplest and cheapest way to get from central Nice, France to Monaco by public transportation?
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Travelling from Leipzig to Strasbourg [closed]

I am planning to travel to Strasbourg, France from Leipzig, Germany. I haven't found any routes without a huge number of stopovers enroute. I am open to traveling by bus, train or flight as long as ...
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Going to Italy for 2 days then back to UK for 4 days then to France for 2 weeks. Which embassy should I apply to for my Schengen visa?

I've got a dilemma. I am going on my holiday to France for two weeks in July but few days before that I need to fly to Italy for 2 days. So my traveling plan is: going to Italy for two days then back ...
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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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I am an American with a US passport.I have a 15 hour layover in Paris. [duplicate]

I am an American with a US passport.I have a 15 hour layover in Paris. Can I leave the aiport to tour the city? Do I need a visa?
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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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Is there a website with historical temperatures?

I am interested in hiking this fall in France and camping along the way. In order to figure what gear I need to pack to camp (particularly for the sleeping bag), I would like to know what temperatures ...
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Stealth camping in France

Can I use the French aires to camp overnight? I have a VW Transporter van with a bed, 2 dogs, a camping stove and bottled water and loo bottle. I want to be safe but I don't need the constraints of a ...
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Which chateaux of the Loire are worth visiting?

When visiting France, one of the great things to see are the Chateaux of the Loire Valley. An hour by TGV from Paris, yet a world apart, with stunning grand palatial castles in beautiful scenery, it's ...
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If there are no planes flying into Nancy, can I schedule my own connecting flight from Strasbourg? Or anywhere for that matter?

I'm visiting a friend in March next year, who lives in Nancy, France. I've been trying to find flights from either Indianapolis or Louisville that fly into Nancy-Lorraine airport for the first couple ...
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Boarding port Schengen visa

Can I use my Schengen visa from a country different from the country it was issued from? I'm Egyptian and I live in qatar but I want to travel from Egypt.
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Getting a Tourist visa after a Student visa

I did see a very similar question to this but it applied to working visas not student visas, but my situation is that I will be studying in France next year for 5-6 months using a student visa. Can I ...
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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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Long stay visa for study in France but enter Italy first? [closed]

Currently, I am a student in London. I am applying a long stay visa for study in France but I want to enter Italy first. Is it possible to do that and what are the documents I may need to submit to ...
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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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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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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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How can I get people to speak the local language to me?

I went to Paris 2 years ago. When I was there, I was learning the language by talking and listening to the local people. But, while I was trying to speak French with them, they would speak English to ...
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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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Brussels to Les Arcs for skiing, other than by car? [closed]

I would like to go skiing in Les Arcs this winter. How can I get there from Belgium using public transport? Should I fly to Geneva? Take the Thalys or TGV? I don't want to rent a car. Is it a ...
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How to overcome the language barrier when visiting France and Spain?

I may be traveling to France and Spain for business purposes, and I'm likely to mix some pleasure with that business trip. I do not expect many language issues during the business conversations. ...
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Indian Passport stolen in France. Can Indian embassy in Austria issue a new passport?

I am a student in Austria travelling around Europe. My Indian passport was stolen in France. I immediately reported the theft in the nearest police office and got myself a police report. I have my ...
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How do you avoid the hefty toll fee on the French highways?

Some of the toll fee's on the French highways are hefty. I know that you can avoid them by taking the routes nationales, where some are almost like highways. I don't mind traveling a little bit longer ...
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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 ...