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If this is your first trip to Europe (it sounds like it is?), and you're not really sure where you should go and what you should see, then I think the LP Western Europe is a very reasonable choice to start with. (An alternative would be the somewhat misnamed Mediterranean Europe, which also covers Paris and Milan, but focuses more on the southern half of ...


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The Western Europe edition will hold lots of information you are not going to use, which is a waste of money and carrying weight but you might use it at other times. But the best reason not to buy this book but the France or even Paris book as well as an Italian is that the books covering a whole continent do not have much information on any location while ...


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There are two areas in the 9th Arrondissment that I know of as places to avoid... The area between Boulevard de Clichy and Rue de Douai. These two streets run parallel at the northern end of the 9th Arrondissment and they constitute part of the 'red light district' (although prostitution is illegal in Paris). There are lots of triple-X shops and clubs that ...


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You can try heading for a hostel to use their chillout room. You might need to ask for the WiFi password, and if you fell guilty about the fact that you're not a guest there you can always buy something at the hostel bar, if any. Moreover some hostels do not have passwords protected WiFi networks. One example hostel where this might work is the St ...


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If the weather is good, one of the outside free options might do for you, depending on how good your computer/phone is in connecting. I remember sitting near the east end of Notre Dame cathedral in a relatively quiet garden. Use a headset with a good mike and you can talk in very low tones. Besides, I have seen many a person do skype type calls in internet ...


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Just to complete the answers: Can I exit the palace and then re-enter after purchasing my food? No, at least it was not possible when I last went there (September 2014). The reason is most likely because it is not possible to verify that the same person who is leaving is the person coming back. Tickets are not registered to a given name (otherwise, ...


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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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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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In general, most restaurants in Paris will accept childs/babies with no particular issues, except maybe in the expensive ones. A good way to check the restaurant acceptance is to ask for a 'siège enfant' (child seat), many restaurants have one or two ready for customers. If you intend to keep your baby in it's trolley, just be careful not to disturb other ...


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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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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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Sharedesk lists a couple options for hourly coworking within your budget of under 15 euro/hour, depending on the time.


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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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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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Eurolines has a direct service between Liège and Paris. It's a 6 hours ride. The best strategy to get cheap Thalys tickets is to book early enough. There is only a very limited number of very cheap seats.


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There are good train connections from Liege to Lille. From Lille there are frequent tgv connections with Paris. On the website of the French railways there are often good offers for last minutes between Lille and Paris. If you have time, you could also take the slow train route from Lille to Paris


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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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If you hail an "official" taxi in front of the airport you can expect between 40 and 55 EUR for a drive from Orly to Paris intra muros plus 15% for a drive in the evening. Denfert-Rochereau will be on the lower bound of the quoted prices. Pasteur a bit further away. I found for the date you specified a quote from a taxi company, between 26 and 31 EUR from ...


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Yes, you will be able to apply for a UK VISITOR visa in France. The controlling reference is Paragraph 28 of the rules... An applicant for an entry clearance must be outside the United Kingdom and Islands at the time of the application. An applicant for an entry clearance who is seeking entry as a visitor must apply to a post designated by the ...


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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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Fortunately ParisInfo has a great few pieces on this: Places to visit at night in Paris - many museums, theatres and more are open late, including Espace Dali, Musee d'Orsay and the Louvre. Some places are open very late or all night - but this is more in terms of food, services and shopping. And finally their piece on night transportation in Paris - ...


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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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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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You might be out of luck. Although the RATP, Aéroport de Paris and Paris Info websites mention different prices for the ticket (11EUR the first two and 11.60EUR the latter), they only mention one price. Moreover, the Paris Info website says that there is a unique fare (tarif unique in French): Roissybus est une ligne de bus sans arrêt entre le centre de ...


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The RATP Android and iPhone apps have station surroundings maps where exit numbers are shown. There are also neighborhood maps in the station itself (for a station with multiple exits, there's usually one on each platform and one near a cluster of exits, but not one at every place where you need to choose between multiple exit corridors). For some reason, ...


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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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It depends entirely on what country you hold your American Express card in If you have a UK card, you have three different options! Via Avios, to Eurostar frequent traveller points, or direct bookings. It's a complicated enough situation that I ended up writing a series of blog posts on it. Depending how far in advance you book, a standard class return will ...


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It depends on your country. Looking at the US membership rewards catalog, the Travel category allows bookings on flights and cruises, while the Car & Rail category includes only rental cars and Amtrak (US rail) gift certificate. Looking at the French membership rewards catalog, you can get a round-trip (no one-way possible) with 19000 points So you can ...


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If you have valid Schengen visa issued by one of the Schengen countries, you can visit any countries which signed Schengen agreement during your visa valid dates. For example, you can get Finnish visa and then spend all the time given by visa in Spain. It's absolutely legal, however, next time you apply for Finnish visa, they can deny issueing visa to you ...


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Going surface travel via ferry to Italy and land travel from there, like train, will keep you within the Schengen zone, as will flying. You are not likely to see border officials although they can check randomly on and within the borders. But the company that transports you across borders can and should check your documents and if they do not trust that your ...


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There should not be any systematic control at the airport for flights between Paris and Athens. This means that your passport won't be stamped and you will probably not even see any border guard on the way to or from Paris by air (on the other hand, going by land through Serbia, Romania or Albania would mean leaving and reentering the Schengen area which ...


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The Père-Lachaise/Gambetta Neighborhood in Paris For a taste of how real Parisians live, head over to the Père Lachaise/Gambetta neighborhood ... you’ll find quirky, family-owned cafes and bars In a forum thread on Fodor's you will find statements like: I live in this area ... for "safety and Parisian character", Gambetta can hardly be beat!



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