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As a French native, I discovered this practice in North America. I never asked for a doggy bag in France, nor have I seen someone do it. So it is likely restaurants don't even have boxes. You can obviously take out food from fast-food restaurants but for regular restaurants I don't think it is correct behaviour. I usually finish my dishes, I only order what ...


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I never found the stereotypical rude Parisian I was warned about. Several people went far out of their way to help me in ways I wouldn't expect in my own city. I did not find a great number of people outside the tourism industry in Paris that spoke English. I did always use the French words and phrases I knew "excusez moi", "salut", "merci", and if I could ...


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I'm French and I didn't know about this law, nor can I find any mention of it in a casual search. This site with teaching material for the restaurant business claims the contrary: Can we make a customer pay a supplement if he wishes to bring his own bottles? Yes, it is possible to charge a “corkage fee” if the customer wants to be served his own ...


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I do recall Paris metro tickets being available on the Eurostar and at the information desk in London, but that was a few years ago and may well no longer be true. The price is rather more expensive than if you get them in Paris. There generally isn't that much of a queue in Paris Nord, especially outside peak hour. This is one of Paris's busiest stations ...


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I'd suggest a few things: Learn to how to say "Do you speak english?" - "Parlez-Vous Anglais?" and "¿Hablas inglés?" Learn some basic pronunciations in the two languages (they may have the same letters but they don't always sound the same!). Reading through a guide then listening to some examples online should help with this Bring a common phrase book, and ...


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General case — yes, you can travel from the UK to France with just a national ID card. If you have one, that is. The UK does not issue ID cards to its citizens, so if you’re Her Majesty’s subject you’re out of luck. Passports and national ID cards are the only documents which are valid for travel. On the other hand, many other documents that are valid as ...


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I would recommend summer. The weather is warm but not too hot, less than in Italy or Japan. See this minimum/maximum graph in Nice (in Celsius, 25°C=77°F): During summer touristic places are open everywhere, even in the South, the warmer the better. During summer people working in Paris leave for the South, but Paris still has a lot of activities, even ...


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It's a common problem I had in South America - I really wanted to improve my Spanish while travelling as it gives you a much better insight into your travels, and can talk to locals more. But so often they'd just switch to English because they welcomed a chance to learn English themselves. You can either do the obvious (ask them to speak French so you can ...


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I think it's relatively easy to find en English-speaker in France or in Spain. According to this table, 36% and 27% speaks English. It seems to me sometimes they just don't like to use English because they find it disrespectful that you don't use their language. According to my experience if you learn a few phrases and start the conversation using French or ...


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Tuesday is national museum closing day in France. Many state-owned museums are closed on Tuesdays, as are many local museums outside Paris. In Paris, most city-owned museums are closed on Mondays. Some museums are open later on one night a week, usually Thursdays. Most museums close on some public holidays but not all. There are many exceptions, so always ...


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It's normally the driver's duty to bring the "éthylotest" (or "alcootest"), but some renting companies are providing one or two. Otherwise it costs 2 € in shop / pharmacy. Links (in french) for companies saying they provide it (in brackets, price you pay if you used it): Avis (? €), Budget (? €), Europcar (6 €), Hertz (5 €), Sixt (5 €). Always ask to be ...


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First Class on the TGV means a wider seat, power sockets, less people (so a generally quieter environment), and that's about it. Standard Premier on the Eurostar is pretty much the same, except you get a small cold dish and a cold alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage. The difference in price is more due to demand than the actual cost of the service. ...


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You would be surprised how many parisians speak English (and German btw). When I lived in Paris for two years, I volunteered to help in teaching English. Often I noticed that the level of English understanding was quite well. In my opinion, the stereotype of "parisian arrogance", should actually be called insecurity on their proficiency in English. Like ...


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Basically, in France, smoking is forbidden indoors except in private places and allowed outdoors. The law changed considerably around 2007–2008, so if you last came to France over 10 years ago, the situation then has nothing to do with the situation now. Smoking is forbidden in covered spaces in government and other public buildings, in public transport ...


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Bus 100 (Nice - Monaco - Menton) is a very good option and costs a mere 1.50 € (Jan 2014). It runs every 15 minutes mostly, and the trip takes 30-45 minutes. It takes an absolutely scenic route along the coast, passing through seaside towns such as Villefranche and Beaulieu. (There's also express bus 100X which takes the motorway and costs 4 € (2012); ...


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This page has more details on your situation as a non-EU family member of an EU national: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=463&langId=en Most importantly it clarifies that you'll have the right to live, work and get educated in the country your mother lives and works in, not the entire EU. And it will probably require copious amounts of ...


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You can get by. Millions of Japanese do it every year. For an English speaker, French is one of the most similar. It is amazing how much communication can be accomplished without a common spoken language. For an English speaker, though, French is loaded with cognates. Out of respect and courtesy, do not assume that the French speak English. This is a good ...


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I speak enough French to be able to read road signs, order food, and buy things. I can read almost anything and figure it out, given a little time. (I'm Canadian.) In Paris, the street vendors who are all around the Eiffel Tower accosted us every time we went by. Umbrellas, mini towers etc etc. "Non, merci" I said every time. They would melt away and leave ...


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You can find information about train stations in France on the Gares en Mouvement (Stations in Motion) web site. The translation is somewhat haphazard. A left luggage facility is called a consigne (consigne automatique for automated lockers, or consigne manuelle if there's an attendant). In Paris Nord, there are both automated lockers (acessible as long as ...


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First of all I think 5-6 weeks is a lot of time to see part of Eastern Europe. From Lyon you can reach a lot of places in Europe in one day. So if you have 5 weeks to travel you can easily see a lot of Eastern Europe if you're willing to spend some days traveling from one destination to another. The fastest connection between Lyon and Vienna by train takes ...


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There are some good opportunities, for example: Fontainebleau (outer suburbs to the south-east, about 45 minutes by train from Gare de Lyon + 30 minutes of bus from Gare de Fontainebleau-Avon to the palace) Vincennes (inner suburbs to the east, terminal of metro line Ⓜ①) Chantilly (northern suburbs, about 1 hour: take a train from gare du Nord (or the ...


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My name is Olivier, from FrenchConnection. The thing we usually do is deliver in advance in the hotel or camping where you will be staying overnight. As mentioned by someone earlier, we can still organize a collection in Paris gare du nord (it does not appear anymore on the website, but if you ask politely, we will of course do it). Also a very useful ...


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Yes, this is possible, but I guess only if you have your own vehicle. I have done two road trips together with 3 friends through France experiencing all the things listed, except for the vultures. On both road trips we didn't have a clear goal in mind, and chose a destination from day to day. The first road trip was around the Vosges mountains, on the ...


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When I had a week (about 7 years ago) we decided it wasn't going to possible to see "the key sites" in such a short time. So we took 2 days in Paris, 4 days outside, and then the last day back in Paris. The 4 days outside had a single theme. For us it was the Loire Valley and the chateaux. You might choose a specific wine region, or the Mediterranean ...


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You have to confirm with your rental agency that you're allowed to do that. In Europe most agencies allow you to travel in all countries of central and western Europe, but forbid you to visit countries in the East, like for example Belarus, Poland, Croatia, etc. However, it will be likely that your rental agency will bill you an extra fee if you want to ...


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Barcelona had more pickpocketing than any other city I've gone to for a conference. One year every single person I spoke to had a theft story. One person had been mugged, a woman had her laptop bag slit in the elevator and the laptop removed without her knowledge, and I was in a group of 4 who ate in a sandwich shop with our bags at our feet and stood up to ...


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Parks in Paris' vincinity: Bois de Vincennes and, a bit wilder, the Bois de Boulogne. Even though large and not in Paris center, these are both city parks, and you should not expect anything wild there. Closest “real” forest to Paris: Fontainebleau forest. This one has a few deers, but you should not expect to see any (French Wikipédia says less than one ...


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First off all you don't have to take the TGV, you can still travel around on local trains, better known as TER. It requires some planning, but it can be quite charming. For example to get from Lille to Paris, you can take the quick TGV, or you take the local trains which will take you from Lille to Maubeuge and then to Paris. But to answer your question ...



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