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Oct
26
comment Insurance for multinational family
In the end I found a reputable British insurer who has an "International" brand - ie XXXX International - who were prepared to insure any EU citizens provided they had lived in their base-country (in your case Belgium) for a minimum of 6 months.
Oct
26
comment What is the LONGEST passenger flight (with a flight number) in the world?
There is a flight from a French colony (Nouvelle Calédonie, I think) in the South Pacific to Paris via Réunion. I have no idea on any details (flight number, distance, time) but it might be a candidate. It basically goes west across Australia, lands in Réunion to pick up passengers (this is where I got on) and then flies north west over the Horn of Africa to Paris.
Oct
23
comment Insurance for multinational family
That's exactly the problem. For some reason that I don't quite understand, the insurance policy is nationality specific.
Oct
22
comment Changing trains in Lille - what's the transfer with luggage between Lille Europe and Lille Flanders stations like?
If your ticket requires a change between the two stations in Lille (eg you are travelling on train 1 from A to Lille Europe and train 2 from Lille Flanders to B) then your ticket on the metro is actually free. See the second white box on the top of this page: gares-en-mouvement.com/fr/frlle/horaires-temps-reel/dep there is no physical system that stops you from walking onto the metro, so you would only need to show your SNCF ticket if challenged.
Oct
22
comment Can you use your mobile phone in the Channel Tunnel?
To add to this, the Channel Tunnel is actually 3 tunnels - a service tunnel down the middle and then one standard tunnel in each direction. The French networks have crossed the channel in the France-UK direction while the British networks have done the reverse. eurotunnelgroup.com/uploadedFiles/assets-uk/Media/…
Jul
13
comment Things to do in the Peak District
Sorry, I should have been more clear. Thanks for the input though - it's an area I don't know at all but have always wanted to visit. I'm a big fan of UK National Parks, so I'm really looking forward to it!
Jun
26
comment What is the difference between Eurostar first class and French TGV first class?
I have the "Pass Fideli'TER Grande Vitesse" - I am allowed to travel on all but one TGVs between Lille and Calais, plus the TERGVs that also do this route.
May
22
comment What is the cheapest way to cross the English Channel from France to the UK on foot, single ticket?
Can't resist replying :) this won't work - the French authorities don't allow people to swim the channel whereas the Brits do, so all cross channel swimmers start in Dover. Wrong direction for me! :)
May
21
comment What is the cheapest way to cross the English Channel from France to the UK on foot, single ticket?
Good point: on foot.
May
20
comment What is the cheapest way to cross the English Channel from France to the UK on foot, single ticket?
I have a feeling it's in the terms and conditions. I've definitely seen it before when taking a car across - basically they do the day trips at a loss knowing people will stock up on alcohol on the boat. People who buy a single tend to have a real reason for crossing and therefore will pay more.
May
12
comment How to buy for ticket from Heathrow terminal 5 to Canterbury east train station?
For information, Canterbury has two stations, East and West. They are only about 1km apart, but are on different lines, both of which run from London. Don't automatically get a train to the East station, you may find that the West station is better. The West station is about an hour from London St Pancras, the East is about 1.5 hours from London Victoria.
Mar
22
comment Prepaid data/voice (micro)SIM for travel to Belgium
You can usually cut a sim to micro size. Of course if you break your sim it's not my fault!
Mar
20
comment Visa for France - showing actual hotel booking?
It might be worth mentioning your nationality or the passport you hold. If you are a UK citizen then you have the right to travel/live/work anywhere in the EU without a visa.
Nov
3
comment What is the difference between Eurostar first class and French TGV first class?
@MattiSchneider-Ghibaudo I disagree - I take TGV 7220 between Calais Fréthun and Lille Europe every morning - I don't have a seat reservation. My wife's cousin gets on the same train every day between Lille Europe and Paris Gare du Nord and he doesn't have a reservation either - obviously people with reservations take priority. That train is a normal TGV, not a TERGV (like the 8:13 from Calais) btw.
Jul
28
comment Collecting French (SNCF) “Ticket On Departure” tickets from outside of France?
Purple are TGV Pro - for frequent travellers with expensive, highly flexible tickets. Blue are regional, yellow are national :)
Jun
22
comment What is the difference between Eurostar first class and French TGV first class?
I hope this comment isn't 'illegal': I think that Eurostar 1st class is a bit of a waste of money - they charge a lot more than standard class (I think they like to think of it as being like airline first class), and unless you're doing Avignon/Alps-London or the trains have trouble, you're never on the train long enough to benefit. The food's no better than standard class airline food, and, unlike TGVs where trains can take passengers without reservations, Eurostar seats are always reserved - you're rarely in a crush. It's not worth the extra money.