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You can get a dramatic reduction in price without sacrificing comfort and safety by selecting a Paris suburb that has good Metro connections... Saint-Cloud is a short walk to 'Boulogne-Pont de Saint-Cloud' metro station and a quick search locates decent hotels starting at about EUR 85. La Défense has its own metro station and a quick search locates brand ...


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It depends on what you consider 'special skills'. With some excercise, paddling should be feasible for most people. For the English Channel, you can easily find operators and boat charterers offering planning support or equipment rent: http://www.fullthrottleboatcharters.com/kayak-across-english-channel/ Crossing the Øresund may not be much more than 5km ...


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As of July 2014, bicycles were not allowed on the Øresund Bridge. Check back in 55 years: It's currently forbidden to cycle across the Öresund bridge, a part-bridge, part-tunnel connection between Malmö and Copenhagen, which was made famous by the hit television show The Bridge. But if new proposals by Sweden-based construction company Skanska and ...


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There is a super-priority visa service to get a decision within 24 hours (for a – steep – fee), which is as close as it gets to ‘spur of the moment’. On the other hand, simply showing up at the border is not possible, Algerian citizens need a visa and they need to apply for it in advance, even if it only means the day before. Even Algerians who reside in ...


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You do not need (and cannot get) a short-stay visa for the Schengen area (including France) as the US is on the list in annex II of Regulation 539/2001. You can therefore present yourself at the border (i.e. take a plane to Europe) without any prior formality. Theoretically, you might be asked to show you fulfil a number of conditions like having sufficient ...


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Customs checks when travelling between EU countries are on a random basis with the main purpose of finding illegal items, most notably drugs. There are no restrictions on bringing elecetronics or produce for personal use between EU countries and you are in no duty to prove that the items have been bought in the EU. Noone will expect you to be awake on the ...


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Arguably the most commonly used means of transportation to get to/from Beauvais is the shuttle from/to Porte Maillot. To date the price is: Price:         ONE  WAY  per person: €17 at the BUS TICKETS SALE POINT / €15.90 ON LINE FREE for children under 3 years old (no ticket)     //     3 years old+ 1day: 1 ticket The airport webpage on airport ...


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An Algerian national needs to apply for a visa in order to enter the UK, even if they have a French visa and even if they are taking the Eurostar. You will not be able to show the UKVI people your visa at the rail station, or even at the border. On the bright side, the application doesn't take three months to process; it's more like a week. You can apply ...


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Your mother will need a Schengen visa despite holding Indefinite Leave to Remain. ILR gives the right to come and go in the UK, but it is not recognized as a travel document for Europe. Once a person has ILR there are only a few hurdles left to get naturalised and apply for a British passport. On the plus side, your mother will be able to use her ILR ...


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Here is a sample page from European Rail Timetable:


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You cannot use your zone 1-3 carte to go from zone 5. You may buy a zone 5 - zone 3 ticket at CDG if you already have your zone 1-3 carte.


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Late answer but maybe still helpful: http://hotelbb.com/en/home.htm We use this chain for more than 10 years now to sleep either a single night while going somewhere but also a whole week at one place. Reasonable priced, available almost every city, close to motorway, shopping and filling station. It is not a luxurius stay (no pool, gym, bar) but we were ...


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I would have added this as a comment if I could (not enough reputation). Be warned, in my experience, and also from this document, embassies need you to prove residence in the country you are applying from, in this case France. I am not sure of the legality of this but I highly doubt a Schengen short stay visa qualifies as a residence permit. You will need ...


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Vianavigo is a journey planner for public transportation in Paris and Ile de France. It includes regional trains and even local buses. Enter the departure and arrival points : it will provide you with routes and schedules. On the STIF network, which gather public transportations in the Ile de France, prices do not change even if you buy your ticket 30 ...


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I figured Wikipedia has nice tables of all lines (regional, national, international) serving each of the major Paris stations. It does not render as nice as a map but they are all there: Gare de Montparnasse Gare de l'Est Gare de Lyon Gare du Nord Gare de Saint-Lazare Gare d'Austerlitz Gare de Bercy


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Here is a time to distance map than can be useful. According to its author, it was generated using SNCF sources. Otherwise, a plain standard official map may be useful too.


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I found this map of the Ile-de-France region on this site, so I assume it is a 2005 map rather than the most current one. But as rail lines are not changing that fast, it might give you a start on finding a railway destination. On another site you can find a map of France (and more) on which you can zoom in to see the area you want to concentrate on. I find ...


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It seems that the only way to book this service (at least online) is to do it while you are booking your tickets (as it checks that the train you are booking on does offer this service). I don't see an alternative to canceling your second class ticket and book some fresh first class ones, adding the private space option. Or buying four second class tickets ...


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Your only solution for traveling with no specific plans is as follows: 1) Apply for your first single-entry Schengen visa with an exact itinerary 2) When the first visa expires, apply for a second multi-entry visa with an exact itinerary 3) Once you've traveled once on your multi-entry visa following the itinerary submitted to the embassy, it's perfectly ...



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