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Get a European USB Charger I would buy a USB charger with a European plug (image courtesy of aliexpress): Travel Convenient EU Plug Wall USB Charger Adapter For Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 S3 Note 3 by Ali Express, fair use It beats the weight of your US charger plus a plug adapter, it's cheap a as dirt (2-something bucks on eBay), it can be used for all your ...


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People visit the migrant camp in Calais (actually Sangatte) all the time. But, they are representing migrant charities and migrant advocacy groups. Others visit as media journalists. As a general rule, they all carry credentials around their neck and move about in groups. It is not illegal to engage with them outside the camp (or what remains of it), but ...


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This site (in French) shows 11 bathing spots in Touraine on an interactive map. These include reservoirs (plans d'eau), converted quarries, riverside beaches, as well as lakes. Here is another interesting page (in French) from the departmental website, showing swimmable areas in Touraine. Lastly according to this other website, the closest swimming location ...


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This is possible by article 5 paragraph 4(a) of the Schengen Borders Code (Regulation (EC) No 562/2006) third-country nationals who do not fulfil all the conditions laid down in paragraph 1 but hold a residence permit or a re-entry visa issued by one of the Member States or, where required, both documents, shall be authorised to enter the territories of ...


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I never used raileurope, but on most websites (such as Voyages-sncf's and Eurostar) e-tickets allow you to easily change seats after reservation, while paper tickets usually need to be exchanged physically. I received good recommendations for Capitaine Train, which includes more seat preferences than Voyages-sncf's. Also, due to the fact that both act as ...


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Both Tours and Orléans are terminus stations, so to change platforms you'll need to walk all the way to the front of the train (as far as I can tell there is no underpass in Orléans, and anyway your girlfriend probably prefers a level walk). It's possible that the trains will be on opposite tracks of the same platform, I don't know what the track ...


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A US license will be fine, especially at any airport hire location (I imagine you plan on landing at Geneva?) Hire cars in Europe normally come with insurance included, although there is also typically a ~€1000 excess for damage to the vehicle, which you can pay an additional (typically vastly overpriced) fee to reduce. I'd be suprised if your US car ...


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As mentioned in this official webpage, the list of mandatory accessory in a car in France is : a reflecting jacket a security triangle a breathalyser Nevertheless, it is also explicitly mentioned that the lack of a breathalyser isn't submitted to a penalty. You are therefore actually not required to have one in your car. You can be submitted to an ...


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The video you presented and others like it have been shot on public roads, especially around the “Boulevard de l'Europe”, the street leading to the Eurotunnel terminal and you can see many private cars so it's obviously legal to drive there (that's the point: you have to pass there to reach the entrance of Eurotunnel and the traffic forces drivers to slow ...


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France is really dog friendly (small dogs at least) If coming from outside of Europe, you will need to have your dogs medically checked and approved (and probably chipped) and have his own sanitary passport. IMO, I would leave the dog at home; less stress for you, less stress for him BUT. Dogs are not allowed in museums and other public service buildings ...


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Most electronics these days adjusts automatically for voltage. The charger for my iPhone does, as do all my computers. In that case all you need is a physical plug adapter like this small and light one. I have half a dozen


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(iPhone user here) (personal experience) I use my usb adapter directly plugged in to the wall to charge my iPhone in Europe (France, Italy and Spain) The Samsung S3 charger should directly support 110v/220v, you only need a plug adapter which is really small and really cheap.


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From the French embassy in India, for Tourist Visa, it mentions : Justificatifs d’hébergement (contrat de location devant faire apparaître votre nom, les dates de séjour, et les coordonnées de l’hôtel ou du logement). which means that the proof of accommodation should show : Your name Dates of the accommodation (from-to) Name and address of ...


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Member states of destination is plural and member state of first entry is singular for a simple reason: you can only enter Schengen from one state but you can visit more that one member state whilst in the Area. So I imagine that in your case first entry would be Spain, and member destination states would be Spain and France.


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Received a parking violation May 2015 in France via a notice on the windshield of our rental vehicle. Had parked, as all others did, partially on sidewalk and partially on road. No signs to indicate no parking. Tried to go to municipal police stn and also mayor's office to try to pay as the ticket only indicated an infraction, but not the fine. Finally the ...


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Try to head to Montparnasse rail station; the Relay stores often have them, due to the large foot passage of foreign travelers (though Montparnasse serves less destinations with different plugs as compared to Gare du Nord or Gare de Lyon). Another TA poster recently had luck at one of the Relay stores in Gare du Nord. and i thought this adaptor is gonna be ...


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I'll give the answer the other way: as a Belgian who rent cars in USA, prior to coming to USA, I went to my local administration and ordered an international driving license. It is basically a holiday card size 12 pages booklet containing the translation of all my local driving license fields into 4 languages. It has my name and other information on it, has ...


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It's already been explained in several comments but since it seems no other answer is forthcoming, I will repeat it here: There is no reason to expect any difficulties. Plan some time to cross the border and don't take anything that might create issues with customs like weapons, drugs, large quantities of alcohol, etc. (but those could be equally ...


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Yes, you'll be liable to pay 20% VAT on a new laptop if its value is greater than €430 euro in to France from outside the EU customs area. On the plus side, there's no specific duty to pay (see "Ordinateur portable" on this page) You could try and just walk through the "nothing to declare" aisle anyway - but you'd then be smuggling and at some risk of ...


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There are definitely more buses than that (not a lot more, but still), at least in the summer when there are a lot of tourists around, but information is difficult to find on the Internet. There are many different companies and they don't all have up-to-date schedules on their website. The site Corsica Bus seeks to gather information about public transport ...


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SIM cards are an international standard. France uses the GSM network. Therefore, all you will need is a GSM headset that work on 800/900/1800/2100/2600 frequencies and is unlocked and you can use it in France.


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I would suggest the Walkabout Universal Adapter with USB .It is a high probability that all your electronics are dual voltage.Walkabout Universal Adapter features a clever design which contains all the major adapters on the planet as well as two high powered USB charging ports. Input power: 100~250V. USB Max. Output power: 5V DC ~ 1000mA. AC Max. Power: AC ...


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(disclaimer, I've just heard about them recently, and never used them as I prefer discover by myself) I would look at "greeters" : http://www.globalgreeternetwork.info/ Here is the France greeters' map: http://www.greeters.fr/?page_id=878&lang=en Max.


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I would suggest The Walkabout Solution adapter. automatically adjusts incoming voltage, whether if you are in a 110-120V country (Like North America) or 220-240V country. (Everywhere else.) Output voltage is always correct for North American products. Even better, the built-in USB port also charges cell phones and iPads, so two items can be charged at once. ...



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