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As a matter of fact, they just have been reopened. The Musée Carnavalet, the museum in charge of the catacombs, announced on their Facebook page one hour ago: Bonne nouvelle ! Les Catacombes sont de nouveau ouvertes au public. Nous vous souhaitons un agréable après-midi Which translates to: "Good news! The catacombs are now again open to the ...


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Gayot Fow's answer is very much correct, the white picnic is worth the trip. You have several possibilities for a picnic on a normal day. 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. There is another place, where locals tend ...


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It depends what you are talking about. The "Ossuaire Municipal" where bones from thousands of people are stored just reopened according to their Facebook page. The official site is still saying it is closed but official stuff in France tend to be a tad slow. Parisian people also use the word Catacombes for the whole network of former quarries and other ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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As for your alternative question on “how to get the cheapest fare in Thalys”: the b-europe.com website offers a fare calendar. For each date, it shows the price of the cheapest tickets still available on that date. The cheapest possible fare for a trip from Liège-Guillemins to Paris Nord seems to be €29. These are always “Non Flex” tickets (color coded in ...


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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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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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There are countless places you could go but the paradox is that looking for the “authentic” side of the city is a very touristy thing to do in itself. A few ideas nonetheless: Do a visit with a Paris Greeter or a balade urbaine in Seine-Saint-Denis. Take the RER to the cité des 4000 in La Courneuve (a prominent example of grand ensemble or chemin de grue ...


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Another option would be car-sharing (covoiturage in French), which is very popular in France. One example platform could be blablacar. Whilst I don't know if this is a popular route, I know of people who travel only by car-sharing in France and always get where they are headed.


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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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