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Forfaits Bloqués Sans Engagement I am afraid France is a country where mobile internet is still very expensive. You could buy a standard prepaid SIM card and top it up with credit. You could then burn through this credit using internet data. Beware that rates are often somewhat expensive. SFR for example will charge you 0,50€/internet session, limited to de ...


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The cheapest, but not simplest option is to use public WiFi. For cheap and simple, get a French or Italian SIM, one with low roaming rates to all of Europe. Details The EU roaming rates are pretty low, by law. Switzerland is not part of the EU, and the telecom cartel is quite strong there (the biggest provider for this 8 million people country is valued ...


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There are also a number of taxi companies that will take you from the train station at Moutiers to the various Courchevel resorts: http://www.courchevel.com/winter/en/taxis-rs93.html Prices start around 65€ one way for 1-4 people.


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The good news for you is that roaming charges within EU member states are legally capped at a very low level (19ct./min and 6ct./text), so a French SIM card will work quite well in Italy and vice versa. Furthermore, prepaid SIM cards are extremely cheap, as in 20€, including a simple phone and 5€ of credit. Unfortunately, Switzerland does not belong to the ...


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I can tell you about Switzerland. I was in Switzerland last year and I bought a SIM card from swissCom. The call rates and data charges were pretty cheap. The SIM card costed me 20CHF and was credited with 30CHF (it's actually 20CHF but due to some offer, I got 30 CHF credited to my account). For more information here's a link to Swisscom.


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You should buy a SIM card in one or more of the countries. You may find that the first one you buy can be used in other countries, or you may have to buy a new one in each country. Be prepared to spend roughly 20-30 Euro for each SIM card. And make sure you have a phone that actually takes SIM cards and is unlocked. If you're coming from the US it may be ...


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There are no train lines to all stations. As pnuts comments, Belle Savoie Express has a bus line from Moutiers (train & bus station) to Courchevel 1650. Timetables Here you can find the timetable (pdf file): http://www.mairie-courchevel.com/download/PRATIQUE/Transport/2014-2015/lr_t5_la_tania_-_courchevel.pdf Can also be found here (more dynamic ...


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It is always hard to really tell where the centre of a city is. Regarding Marseille, I would say that the area covered in that map more or less contains the city centre. This includes the Vieux-Port, a touristy area (center of the map), Le Panier, a bucolic neighborhood (north-west of the map), the St-Charles train/bus station (north-east of the map), la ...


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I crossed that border in both ways. A special case nobody cited is that there's another narrow gauge track that ends at Hendaye/Hendaia coming from San Sebastián/Donosti. That is served by Euskotren, the basque railway company. This line allows passengers to cross the border in both ways. People from the zone are used to this setup. As cited, that comes ...


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If your current visa will become invalid before your travel in December, you can apply for another visa or ask for your current visa to be extended as long as your 90 days of leave is not depleted. It's preferred to go for a new visa because it enhances your history of successful applications. When you submit your application, you can simultaneously ask ...


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The two tracks allow Spanish trains to go to the French station and French trains to go to the Spanish station. From a technical standpoint, you could also imagine a single station in one country or the other where both networks meet. In fact, it's the setup used in Latour-de-Carol, also between France and Spain (with another peculiarity, namely a third ...


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According to Railways Through Europe: Under the terms of a diplomatic agreement concluded on 8 April 1864 between the two countries, the arrangements for handling the traffic provide that the French passenger trains terminate in Irun and the Spanish ones terminate in Hendaye, returning empty across the border. Because of the difference in track gauge, ...


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As you can drive quite a few km until the gas indicator shows less than full, and you won't arrive too late in Nice, you might fill up at one of the supermarkets, as it has been said. Most of them have lanes with a cashier during the opening hours of the supermarket, which is (unless it is a sunday) until 7:30 to 8 pm (definitely in the Nice area). So, you ...


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You will hardly find any petrol station in France that is not open 24/7 or does not accepts credit cards. It's paying with cash that has become difficult (and might be limited to certain times of the day). Unlike some other European countries where discount petrol stations only accept local debit cards, Visa and Mastercard-branded chip-and-pin cards should ...


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NEVER. Unless you are trying to be be a (very) casual restaurant. If you have taken the cutlery up (either on the plate or it was handed to you), you always replace the cutlery with a clean set, appropriate for the next course. However, if it is not a formal restaurant and the client/ guest wants to use the same for the next course, no problem.


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This is common practice in Spanish restaurants. The more upmarket types will replace your cutlery after each course, but most mid-priced to lower-cost eateries will expect you to use the same knife and fork for your first (paella!!) course and the fish and chips or whatever you have for the second course. I initially found this curious after moving to Spain, ...


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This website contains a list of 24h service stations in the 06 Alpes Maritimes department to which Nice belongs. Try seeing if any of the ones indicated are in fact on your planned route. Stations on private paying motorways are always opened 24h, either manned or automatised with credit card payments. Hence these are not shown on the aforementioned ...


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Yes there is a TOTAL gas station in the airport, just near the renter's agencies. You can locate it on a map or have the full description on the TOTAL website. It says it opens from 6am, but in France most gas stations have at least one pump where you pay with a credit card open 24 hours a day. Otherwise, you can pick any gas station on your way, as they ...


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It's definitely not a French custom. Whilst cutlery has its own chapter in the dining etiquette, several restaurants do not replace used cutlery between dishes. Indeed, I have had this happen in various restaurants around the globe. The common denominator across all these establishment was their affordability. Keeping the same set of cutlery for more than a ...


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Unfortunately it seems there are no luggage storage facilities in Alpe d'Huez, so double check with the accommodation provider if they have such facilities before you book.


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You could just as well turn the question around: What's the rationale for bothering with several sets of knifes and forks? Minutes traces of food surely aren't a big problem and it does involve quite a lot of work, not only for cleaning but also for the service staff. One way or the other, such things are necessarily customary and this only strikes you as ...



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