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Rent a (Solo) Music Studio Since you mention the need to be alone, a dedicated music studio comes to mind. A quick google search revealed Studio Luna Rossa in the 13th Arrondissement and Maison de la Musique in Neuilly-Sur-Seine 92200. Both of these offer small solo studios for something around 6-7EUR per hour, during both weekdays (off-peak and peak hours) ...


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You have several possibilities for a picnic on a normal day (as Gayot Fow's answer mentions, the white picnic is worth the trip as well). The first one is where everyone goes, particularly tourists - namely around the Grand Canal. I would not say that you need to "reserve" your spot but some places get crowded. A picture I took in May, on a Sunday, from ...


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You can queue for the lifts, however this is not your best bet (unless you have difficulty with stairs.) There are two better options...What I would suggest (and what I do whenever I take people there) is: Queue at the Pillar Sud from 8:40 or 8:45 for it to open at 9:00 Pay under €5.00 for a ticket to walk up to level 2 - this is quite exciting in itself ...


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Of course you can picnic at Versailles, it's de rigueur; in the gardens behind the palace that is (not inside). In the summer the only problem is finding a suitable spot because the competition from other people having a picnic can be quite keen. Pick your spot early and lay a blanket down to 'reserve' it as soon as you arrive in the morning. Europeans ...


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While the answer from a Parisian is probably 'all over' or 'my local patisserie', for those among us who aren't locals, Pierre Hermé (72 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, France) is probably a good place to start. However, they tend to use it as part of other desserts, like their Gateau: Dacquoise biscuit with crunchy hazelnuts, hazelnut crisp, thin wafers ...


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Hotel/Hostel Late Check-in Most hostels and hotels don't care what time you check-in, simply because they have staff manning the reception 24h. Nevertheless, it is good policy to warn them in advance if you plan on arriving late, to avoid them considering you as a no-show and cancelling your booking. In your case, I would say that midnight is not really a ...


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As mentioned, bus is likely cheapest especially for a last minute booking, it's cheapest if you break it down into two steps (29 EUR) instead of taking the direct bus (45 EUR). Paris to Brussels on iDBUS or Megabus (15 EUR) you can compare on Busbud (full disclosure: I work on this project). Brussels to Dusseldorf on DB IC Bus (14 EUR) I listed prices ...


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The transport authority website states that children under 4 travel free on all buses. (I can't find the information in the anemic part of the site that's translated into English.) I don't see any mention of an exception for the airport buses (Roissybus, Orlybus). Children under 10 get a half-rate only in certain (common) conditions: when you buy a book of ...


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RATP Says: Broken Machines and Open Gates Are Not an Excuse According to the RATP user guide (in PDF), crossing the validation points without a validated ticket or pass is an offence sanctioned by an administrative fine (Procès Verbal in French is the notice you get from the transport authority stating the offense). Moreover, a broken/malfunctioning ...


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There are various low-budget hotels offering basic rooms around Paris. Hotels Formule 1 (F1) by Accor is one such franchise. The rooms are pretty basic, in other words you get what you pay for. These hotels are usually found outside the city, and (arguably) for this reason offer free car parking to their guests. Quoting from the linked Wikipedia page, here ...


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With a bunch of rates and subscription plans available, Autolib does indeed cater for both locals as well as tourists. Finding a spot to park can sometimes be challenging. Fear not, there's an extremely useful app which shows you available cars as well as vacant/occupied spots on a map. Using the app will of course require a data connection in your phone. ...


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What the cheapest mode of transportation is at a given time largely depends on the time of booking and the available tickets at that time. There are many possibilities to get from Paris to Dusseldorf. Most of them are already mentioned: You can take the Bus (Eurolines) You can use a major airline (use a meta-search engine such as Kayak to search for many ...


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No, cabs at this location work like everywhere else in terms of demand, I would not rely on Google street view as your guide. There are always cabs available at that location. You may have to wait a few minutes during an off peak time, but my experiences have always been good.


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You can enter Switzerland and stay there, for 90 days, under the usual rules which allow visa-free visits to the Schengen area for US citizens. The time spent in France under your French long-stay visa do not count towards these 90 days, see e.g. Does tourist visa (90 days) apply after a working holiday visa ends in Schengen countries? However I don't think ...


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Most hotels listed in booking.com are of this type. You can book a hotel and later cancel the booking without any fee or charges. The site is very reliable. For your particular case, you may book this hotel.


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Travelling from London to Paris by Eurostar, you'll go through checkin, then security, then French Immigration. You won't see anyone from the UKBA, the only people checking your passport + stamping it if required will be French. Travelling from Paris (or Lille) to London by Eurostar, you go through checking, then French exit Immigration checks, then UK ...


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As far as I know, the requirements are exactly the same as if you would want to travel to the UK for a month as a tourist. There are some rules about transit but no exemptions for day trips or for Schengen visa holders. And trains to the UK are treated like flights into the country, which means passport check and security inspection prior to boarding. In ...


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Picking a random date in the future, Rome2Rio shows that flying to Larnaca and then going by airport shuttle is probably the cheapest option in terms of paying. However, if you're searching elsewhere for flights, check out both Larnaca and Ercan as options, and flying out of both CDG and ORY in Paris, as they seem to produce quite different prices. Other ...


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There are two logical answers - one a lot cheaper than the other: office hire. If this is an important call, you could look at hiring office space for a half a day. There are various companies that offer this service. A very quick search showed me companies like instantoffices.com - http://www.instantoffices.com/en/fr/office-space/paris?for=0-3&size=1 ...


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How about car sharing? A random search on Blablacar shows prices oscillating between 20-30EUR. In terms of time, according to Rome2Rio you are an hour slower than the Thalis, but the fare is a lot cheaper. Moreover your trip doesn't have to be organised too far in advance, and the price does not vary dependingly.


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I have raised three children and know the problem intimately. This answer is about bringing the baby along (you asked: "is there another solution to this problem?") At the Northern end of Rue Mouffetard, you'll find a covey of small restaurants, all of which provide a venue for comfortable, family-friendly restaurants. There's about a dozen of these ...


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A simple search on booking.com shows that there are rooms available in the city starting from 68 euro per night for a double room on a date that I've chosen randomly since I don't know your dates. I set the minimum review score as 7, since the ones lower than that have been very disappointing to my experience. There is the map option, where you could see ...


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There are several aspects of the rules around marriage in France that would make your plan difficult. As far as I know, it's not forbidden to marry as a non-resident but the law is clearly not intended to make it easy. You need to complete some formalities beforehand (publication des bans). It should happen at least 10 days before the wedding but you also ...


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Schengen countries rely on each other to check travellers who cross an “external border”. What this control entails is defined in the relevant EU regulations. If you are only there to visit, you should therefore show that you intend to leave the whole Schengen area, and not merely the country you happen to visit first. Leaving France to Italy would not be ...


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I think all train lovers will be welcome to this place, even if it is not very widely advertised. Several French sites mention that it is possible to visit this place on saturday afternoon : http://www.tourisme93.com/visites-pour-les-passionnes-des-trains-et-du-chemin-de-fer.html ...


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It really depends on the hostel you book. Some hostels in Paris have an arrangement with a nearby pub, where keys need to be obtained after a given evening hour (ranging from 20.00 till 24.00). If the pub closes there is no way of entering the hostel. Some hostels have a midnight reception. So you should really make sure which hostel you choose and ...


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is it going to be too overpriced and overpacked in the beginning of August to even consider adding the beach component? Yes it is going to be very highly priced. The train tickets usually go on sale more or less 3 months before the date of travel, but for example iDTGV has started some sales for next summer. Beside the trains, hotels/resorts are going ...


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I can't speak for France, but the London situation is this: School half term holiday Different areas and different types of school (state vs private) have slightly different dates for their half-term holidays (commonly just referred to as 'half term'). So the whole country doesn't go on half term holiday all at once. Probable impact (as a Londoner this ...


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According to the French Wikipedia page on Montparnasse-Bienvenüe station, there is exit 2 with a staircase (no elevators) alighting on Place Bienvenue leading onto Avenue du Maine.: Accès Accès 1 : Porte Océane : accès direct dans la gare SNCF, escaliers et escalators Accès 2 : Place Bienvenüe : un escalier au 32, avenue du Maine [...] ...


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I’d suggest taking a look at the website of the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau, which has a page titled “Places to visit at night in Paris”. It lists a number of places (mostly museums, some galleries) that have late openings. The page is unfortunately organized by place rather than by what your options are on a particular day of the week, but the ...



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