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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Of course you can picnic at Versailles, it's de rigueur; in the gardens behind the palace that is (not inside). You can picnic all year around whenever the gardens are open to the public. 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 ...


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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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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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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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It is the amount of time it takes you to reach from point A to B, Identifying you as a tourist is a heuristic algorithm: you take small steps. stopping every 10 minutes and raise your head up looking for elements above direct-eye level. - your head movement is "erratic". you are "eyeing" gift-shops, restaurants, statues etc.. For locals, "sights" are ...


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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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Yes, but not everywhere. Below is an image of what the water fountains look like at the airport at the time of writing (07/2015): CDG water fountain, JoErNanO, Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Apparently, the fountains are used in other airports - but I found another mention of it in this video, which also attributes it to CDG. It is a side view, but it ...


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In France you can almost always pay with a credit card but for small amounts (say up to €10,) cash is often preferred. In Paris cards are a little more often accepted than in small towns off the tourist track. I have not been in Italy, so not in Rome, but I have heard the same for there. Get some cash and use your card for the bigger payments. If you are ...


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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 ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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