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Usually it is better to exchange it in Paris. If you exchange it in Australia, the bank will first convert the USD to AUD, then convert the AUD to Euro. And since every time you exchange money you lose a little bit (the bank has to make a profit somehow), you are getting a double loss. Occasionally quirks in exchange rate negate this rule of thumb, say if ...


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The woods of Fontainebleau and the one of Chantilly are great hicking sites. Here are additional pieces of information: camping overnigh in the woods of Fontainebleau is not allowed by the Office National des Forêts (ONF, in charge of wood management). According to the website of ONF, there are particular places where camping is allowed: a campsite ...


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As I thought after a look on a map, there are options to travel by trains without going through Paris. At a random date and time from the French SNCF site: 09H05 RENNES to 10H16 LE MANS change 10H43 LE MANS to 11H43 ST PIERRE DES CORPS change 12H03 ST PIERRE DES CORPS to 12H42 POITIERS Or, (this time from the German website) Rennes ...


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Indeed, the French transportation network is organised very centrally around Paris. Looking at the map of the recent (it might change rapidly) intercity bus connections provided by comparabus.com (some website to book buses) and the train network maps provided by the SNCF for Intercités and TGVs, it looks clear that most trains and buses are centered around ...


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Is the site broken? Unlikely, it is more likely that the consulate in San Francisco is not booking appointments at the moment. Attempting to book an appointment using the link you gave, gives a screen like this... And on this page we observe that French consulates use an app called 'rendez-vous'. So switching the location to Vancouver gives us this ...


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At Folkestone there is a building with a Burger King and Starbucks at the waiting area between ticketing and passport control. When you pass under the "France in 35 minutes" sign, stay to the left to go to this area. If you've already gone to immigration, there is nothing to do but wait for your train and eat in France. At Calais you will find the same, ...


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As chx pointed out, you will need to clarify what "best" is. Cheaper? Faster? Most convenient? Most frequent? I'll concentrate on the train part. There are two train stations in CDG: "Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1" is only served by the "RER" (suburban train / express metro). It is located in "Roissypôle", which is about halfway between Terminal 1 and ...


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The most beautiful forests around Paris (within 1 to 1.5h) are in : Chantilly Fontainebleau Meudon Rambouillet Saint Germain en Laye Now, I would suggest you to take a map of the forest with you as you could quickly get lost. Depending on the places, camping in the wild might not be authorized by local authorities. There are dedicated areas for camping ...


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See articles R111-32 to R111-35 of the "Code de l'Urbanisme" created by Décret n° 2015-1783 du 28 décembre 2015 relatif à la partie réglementaire du livre Ier du code de l'urbanisme et à la modernisation du contenu du plan local d'urbanisme Camping out of campsites can be prohibited on protected sites, national parks, within 200m of water sources, near ...


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Not much. I would expect extensive security measures around these events and that might create delays or inconvenience but that's not related to the state of emergency per se. Legally speaking, what the state of emergency allows is home searches by the police outside of the regular procedure (i.e. without judicial oversight), forcing named people to present ...


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Yes, there is a premium service provided by VFS called "Premium Service Lounge". I have got an appointment on same date by this facility. It is really great service by VFS and everything will be done very easily. The Premium Lounge Service includes: Separate lounge with personalized service by dedicated staff Refreshments Faster submission of ...


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In principle, I don't see how this could lead to a refusal, i.e. a negative decision. I don't see any basis for that in the regulation and can't see what refusal reason would apply. On the other hand, it's perfectly reasonable for the consulate to refuse to regard this as a single trip. You are kind of stretching the definition of a trip to save yourself a ...


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The travel insurance requirement derives from article 15 of the Schengen visa code, which reads: Applicants for a uniform visa for one or two entries shall prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel medical insurance to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical ...


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You don't need a travel insurance if you have air transit visa for France and if you are Indian (not sure about other countries). But its always good to have a travel insurance, you never know when you will need it. I did have a travel insurance but it was invalid as I had postponed my flight and the departure dates were of the previous flights. When I ...


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I have no experience in paragliding. However, I often see people paragliding on the Salève (a small mountain nearby Geneva, accessible by public transport and a cable car). I also often see people paragliding in Chamonix (Brévent). You can take a bus to Chamonix in the center of Geneva (Gare routière de Genève).


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As you noted, a French ID card delivered between 2004 and 2015 has its validity extended by 5 years. Currently, according to France Diplomatie (Google translation), the UK has not confirmed that the extended card is recognized as such at the UK borders: Les autorités des pays suivants n’ont pas officiellement transmis leur position quant à leur ...


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It is generally best to exchange direct (in other words, from USD to EUR) in a country having one of the currencies. This means, you get most out of your bucks by exchanging in Paris. In a third country, such as Australia, the banks will first change USD to AUD, and then AUD to EUR, which means a double exchange, and (most likely) a double commission. Now, ...


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You need to apply for a normal, short stay visa. The purpose of your trip (question number 21) should be "OTHER" and you should type "Academic Conference"; as none of the choices apply. These are: Tourism Business Visiting family or friends Cultural Sports Official Visit Medical Reasons Study Transit Airport Transit Other You can provide the invitation ...


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Unless you understand "dinner" as "grab a bite", I would suggest to have dinner somewhere in the vincinity (maybe even after having gone through the tunnel). It will be better in any case, and prices will be better as well.


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Rome2Rio says that you can get a Eurolines bus from Paris CDG to Calais. The journey lasts approximately 5 hours and is significantly cheaper than the train. Below is a screenshot from Rome2Rio: Eurolines agrees with this. Buses run to Calais Centre Ville, Calais Ferry, and Calais-Cité-Europe. Below is a sample quote for CDG to Calais Centre:


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The train station is located in Terminal 2 (between 2D and 2F). Not sure if the train will be the cheapest way to go to Calais. The bus or a shared car might be cheaper (but also take more time). For instance, with the bus, you can get to Lille from CDG for just 9€ : http://uk.ouibus.com Then from Lille to Calais, with the bus, train or shared car, it ...


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Depending on the region and season, nobody might notice your presence. BUT if you get caught, then you might get a fine. It is hard to predict how frequently you'll get a fine. Sometime the forest guard will just explain you why this is forbidden and that's it. But sometime, they will also give you a fine...


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People who require a visa have a harder time as they need to submit a lot of information about their financial situation together with the visa application but for people able to travel visa-free (which is the case for citizens of Mauritius), credit card(s) are enough, you're not expected to have cash. In theory, if you need to prove you have money at your ...


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The research you described falls under a type "D" (national) visa, but given that your stay is 4 months they have the OPTION of issuing a Schengen. In either case you can travel around the zone unless the visa itself shows a restriction (which is rare). There's no way of telling what the consulate will do, and you will know when you inspect the visa.



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