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First there's the obvious - when in a tourist area, don't act too much like a tourist. When I lived in London you could instantly tell the locals from tourists in busy tourist areas, regardless of their looks, from the fact the locals were walking quickly and purposefully and skirting around the crowds (even when lost) while the tourists had more random, ...


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The carnet comes as 10 separate tickets and nothing stops you from sharing with others.


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There is some confusion, top commercial speed for TGV is 320 km/hr between Paris and Lorraine (on the way to Metz, Nancy, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, or Germany). Some conventional high-speed trains run or ran at 350 in Spain and China, 400-430 with Maglev technology, but not at 500 and more. Some parts of the French high-speed network were also designed to ...


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Here's a trick I've found pretty useful: Wear headphones/earphones. You don't have to listen to anything through them, but just by wearing them, people are more likely to ignore you because you "can't hear them". Worked for me in Beijing's Tiananmen square.


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Indeed you can. I'd extend this to other French cities as well: I have lived in Lyon, Clermont-Ferrand, Mulhouse and (currently) Strasbourg, and in each of these cities public transportation tickets can be bought by 10 and shared. Be sure to buy an actual pack (fr. carnet) of paper tickets if you plan to use them for several simultaneous passengers. If you ...


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I'm French, from Paris. harassed by guys on the street trying to pull a scam of some sort in which they would bend over, pick up some cheap "golden" ring, offer it to me as my "lucky day", and then ask if I could give them some money for it [...] the amount of times I was approached and asked for money (the ring guys were just part of it) was an ...


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I looked for official information about this from a French government source, but did not find anything. I may not have identified the correct agency, but there was nothing obvious on the web sites of the Interior and Foreign Affairs ministries, nor on that of the Douane. According to the UK official foreign travel advice (emphasis added): On Friday 13 ...


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I called the prefecture in the city I live in (Evry) and asked about the situation. They said that as long as the carte de sejour is valid then there should be no problem. Anyways I will be travelling tomorrow and I will also update the answer with what happens. Update I took my flight from paris (Orly airport) to Venice (Marco Polo airport) and there was ...


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As an addendum to Relaxed's excellent answer, there's only one place on the planet right now where the public can experience traveling at 500+ km/h on a train, and that's JR Central's Yamanashi maglev test track in Japan. However, test runs open to the public are scheduled only irregularly, and are extremely popular. The last runs for 2,400 lucky winners ...


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Yes! They're not labelled, are separate, and work independently. Source: Bought in bulk when in Paris with a large group. Worked out just fine. Also saved us money. Second source: Some information about the tickets, prices and options: Paris by Train - Paris Metro Tickets.


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Right answer to Can you exit and re-enter with the same ticket in Paris Metro? is : no for a basic subway ticket and yes your ticket is valid for 1 hour and 30 minutes for buses and 2 hours for train, while you stay inside the public transportation network. Actually it is a single trip ticket which mean you can use it from point A to point B. To do ...


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You can get a dramatic reduction in price without sacrificing comfort and safety by selecting a Paris suburb that has good Metro connections... Saint-Cloud is a short walk to 'Boulogne-Pont de Saint-Cloud' metro station and a quick search locates decent hotels starting at about EUR 85. La Défense has its own metro station and a quick search locates brand ...


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According to this official transports of Paris web site: The standard ticket (ticket t+) as purchased at the machines (i.e. not on board a bus from the driver) allows you to change metro lines as long as you do not leave the metro system (i.e. no re-entering) connect from metro to RER or RER to RER within Paris (you have to re-validate your ticket and ...


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1. Go on a Wednesday I would try to do this on a Wednesday, since this is the day in which both the Rodin Museum and the Louvre are open late. The former closes at 20h45, the latter at 21h45. This is to maximise the time available to get this trip done, thus reducing its time-criticality. 2. Reserve your Tickets I can't stress this enough: reserve your ...


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Arguably... there is no single place that can meet all of your requirements and you will be making trade-offs among the various candidates. Acting on the assumption that the primary requirement is that the establishment stays open until 1 or 2 AM, and secondarily that the ambiance is amenable to a romantic encounter, there are several interesting candidates.....


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Current situation: As of the third week of December, all extra checks seem to have been lifted (not seen any this week between France and Switzerland, heard similar things from people crossing the border to Luxembourg every day) so it appears that the French authorities more-or-less did what they planned to do for the COP21 summit anyway. At the border with ...


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About 10 years ago I was pickpocketed in Paris. I'm reasonably sure that the fact that it was in December and about 40 degrees(F) and I was wearing shorts and a short-sleeve shirt was at least a contributing factor to my being chosen as a target. My wallet was in my right front pants pocket, but that didn't help. Thankfully my wallet was recovered within ...


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No Free Sundays April to September First of all one must know that free Sundays have recently been suppressed from April to September. The Louvre website says: Admission on Sunday From October to March: access to the permanent collections is free for all visitors on the first Sunday of each month. From April to September: no free admission on the ...


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As @Doc mentioned, and as is mentioned on the official timetable, the last shuttle to CDG leaves Montparnasse at 22:30 (10:30 PM). If the train arrives on time, there's no issue in catching the 22:00 or 22:30 shuttle. As it is a five minute walk from the trains to the shuttle departure, even a late train arriving before 22:15 would still allow to take the ...


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If you read French / have google translate handy, you can find the information you seek on the SNCF Stations page for Gare du Nord here. It even includes a photo! The key bit is: Localisation Station de taxis sur le parvis de la gare -> Cour des taxis Rue de Dunkerque The taxi rank is located near the Eurostar platforms, at the South West corner ...


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tl;dr: In theory no, in practice yes. Most national monuments (e.g. Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, ...) are managed by the same organization and likely they stick to the same rules. I assume this is similarlay valid for other sights (e.g. Eiffel tower). In theory: The Louvre page on admissions states that entrance is free for disabled visitors and their ...


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There are several ways to get to the Roissy (CDG) airport from the Arc de Triomphe (usually called “Place de l'Étoile” or just “Étoile” by the locals, and sometimes known as “Charles de Gaulle” on transport maps — not to be confused with “Charles de Gaulle” refering to the airport!). Air France runs coaches to the airport, and one of the lines goes from ...


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I once did a social experiment in India where I dressed like a beggar (barefeet, dirt in the face, torn rags for clothes, old hat) and I was completely ignored. This is of course an extreme measure but the gist is that you look "invisible" just like the sights are invisible to locals, as another commenter said. I always pack a small urban backpack inside my ...


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The formal document to be recognized as a disabled person in France can be obtained here : https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F2446 Obviously, this is not a realistic option for a traveler. Nevertheless, someone sitting in a wheelchair will be considered as a disabled person, and no one will try to check whether he/she is really disabled (...


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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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The Paris transport operator, RATP has a journey planner on their website. You can input your start point, end point, and start time, and it will suggest routes to you. If you don't want to worry about the bus, you can restrict it to rail (so Train, RER and Metro) only. Make sure you search for Aeroport or similar as your start point however, as France is ...


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Bus and Metro will cost you the same, 1,80 euro/trip. You can buy the ticket from automated machines, in the Metro station. Now, the best solution? Metro, most likely. The Metro line 4 (purple line) takes you from Montparnasse to St Michel in 10 minutes. In addition, count around 10 minutes to walk in the train station to reach the Metro (the line 4 is ...


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I will share any information I have. It is far from complete, but I hope it will help anyone with questions similar to the original one. I happen to live an hour from the northern border of France. Truck driver friends were able to enter the country without issues. I have asked multiple friends and none of them reported any problems. They were also able ...


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The games are usually starting around 11 AM and ending up when they are concluded or worse case when the sun sets! I have finally found the official schedule here : https://tickets.rolandgarros.com/en/schedule



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