Questions tagged [france]

Country in Western Europe known for food, culture, and architecture, with a Mediterranean coast and Paris as its capital and largest city.

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Is there a way to prevent “looking like a tourist” in order to not be harassed?

Disclaimer - the title of this post is probably not the best On my way to visit family in Belarus and Poland, I had a long layover in Paris, so I decided to spend the day in the city. My luggage was ...
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A visa to visit the island that switches countries every six months?

So the island of Faisans is in France/Spain. Yes, both. For six months of the year, from February 1 to 31 July, it's under Spanish rule - and for the following six months - it's under French control. ...
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Strange looking region of France on Google Maps

I was idly browsing on google maps and came across this area on the Atlantic coast of France. The terrain looks intriguing. What is it, any idea? They look like water bodies. But the shapes are not ...
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Which city in Burgundy is it on this Samsung ad?

I saw this ad recently on the back of a Korean newspaper What is the city featured on this ad? I would love to visit there during a stay in France. The main cities in Burgundy are : Dijon Auxerre ...
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Is it dangerous to go to Île de Noirmoutier using the pass?

I heard that there are two possibilities to get to the island of Noirmoutier. You can either use a bridge, or you can use a pass through the water, which is only drivable if the tide is low. Is this ...
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Saving leftovers from restaurants in Paris

Doggy bags for saving leftovers in restaurants are extremely common in the USA, especially as portions sizes are usually too large to consume in one meal. But I have read in various forums that it ...
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What is this design/advert featuring cupcakes on French railway trying to say?

I saw this on a platform at Gare de Lyon in Paris. There was a similar design, but featuring doughnuts further down. I’m an uncultured tourist. What are these trying to sell / say / do? I’m ...
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If I travel to Paris, can I get by with just English?

If I plan on visiting Paris, but not really the rest of France, is it still important for me to learn at least enough French to get by? Are people in Paris going to be willing to speak English if they ...
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Do the speed limit reductions due to pollution also apply to electric cars in France?

From time to time, the speed limit is reduced due to pollution in France (example (mirror)). Do these reductions apply to electric cars? (image source (mirror): MAXPPP)
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What do shops mean when they are open 7/7?

When I have been in mainland Europe, in areas such as France or Belgium, a lot of the shops say they're open "7/7". The latter 7 presumably means 'every day' like in 24/7, but what about the other 7? ...
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France to USA by ship

I would like to travel from France to USA (ideally New York) with a ship. I want to use a ship because I have a long-term flying phobia; I know this is the root problem that I should solve, but this ...
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How to get from Nice to Monaco by public transport?

What's the simplest and cheapest way to get from central Nice, France to Monaco by public transportation?
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How can I get people to speak the local language to me?

I went to Paris 2 years ago. When I was there, I was learning the language by talking and listening to the local people. But, while I was trying to speak French with them, they would speak English to ...
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Which TGV routes travel at 500+ km/hr?

I want to take a TGV for the experience of traveling very fast on the ground. The Lyria trains are advertised to travel at 524+ km/hr. The TGV I took only went 300 km/hr. Does anyone know which routes ...
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US citizen flying to France today and my passport expires in less than 2 months

I'm an American citizen and I have a flight out to France today. One of my travel companions informed me that having a passport that expires in less than 2 months (on June 19th) might be a problem. ...
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Are there large US-style supermarkets in France?

I'm in Paris, and I've stopped into a Monoprix and a Carrefour, and in both cases compared to what I'm used to in the US the selection was quite small. It was just a fraction of what American stores ...
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Buying Paris metro tickets from Eurostar before/during the journey?

Whenever a Eurostar gets into Brussels, and especially when one gets into Paris, there is always a mad scramble for the metro ticket machines, and if you weren't in the first coach then a very long ...
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How to overcome the language barrier when visiting France and Spain?

I may be traveling to France and Spain for business purposes, and I'm likely to mix some pleasure with that business trip. I do not expect many language issues during the business conversations. ...
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How easy/hard is it to go from Lyon to Grenoble (France) on a 50cc scooter?

I am planning a trip trough the French countryside and was wondering if the elevation climb (roughly 800 meters at the halfway point) will be a big factor. I'm not looking to go fast, roughly between ...
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Friend is worried about language barrier at airport in France

A friend of mine is worried about missing her flight home when she travels to Paris. Her thinking is that there will be a language barrier and she will miss the announcements for her flight in French. ...
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What is France's traditional costume?

I like to see, and sometimes buy, traditional clothes when traveling in a new country. Though you seldom see people in poncho and sombrero in Mexico (at least in the Federal District), you can see ...
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How can I know of strikes that affect public transport in France?

tl;dr: Is there a resource that warns me of upcoming strikes that affect public transport in France Recently I was forced to change travel plans very last-minute upon learning of a railway strike. ...
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Why does my French Schengen visa say Marsault, or Goat in English?

Bonjour, travelers. I received a Schengen visa from the French embassy in my country. It was a tourist visa and was my first time to receive a Schengen visa. It looks like this: I had to go to the ...
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What does this sign on Air Tahiti ferry mean?

I saw this sign on Air Tahiti ferry in French Polynesia. What does the last icon on this place réservée sign mean?
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What times of the year are best for visiting France? [closed]

When I visited Rome, Italy, I ended up visiting during August which seems to be a time when most Italians have fled the city to cooler areas. This was nice because there was less traffic so we were ...
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What do the dashes close to each other near French freeway exits mean?

During my last trip to France via car I noticed that French freeways (autoroutes) have a somewhat strange road marking I am not familiar with. Usually, there are two lanes going my direction on a ...
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Are there ways to keep long-distance land transport costs down in France when not planning in advance?

Ten years ago I travelled around Europe for the first time and in some countries I was very frustrated by high cost of trains and lack of alternatives to them. I remember being in Cannes with a ...
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Dutch immigration at St Pancras intl

We are a family of 3 taking direct train from London St Pancras intl to Amsterdam which has started in April 2018. We have valid Schengen visa already and we hold Indian passports. However I have a ...
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What is the difference between “Gazole” and “Diesel” in France?

I am driving a car with a Diesel engine. I always thought that "Gazole" and "Diesel" were synonymous to each other, only to drive in a gas station which mentioned both terms, as in "Gazole" and "...
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Is American Express widely accepted in France?

I'm going to be in France — mainly cities, especially Paris and Brest — for about a month this summer and the only credit card I have without ridiculous foreign fees is AMEX. How much can I count on ...
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What's the temperature in TGVs?

I noticed that the French TGVs have no window that can be opened so the temperature is necessarily controlled with the air conditioning. I am curious, is the air conditioning set to a specific ...
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Where do I drop off and pick up a foot passenger in Calais (P&O)?

I'm dropping off and later picking up a foot passenger in Calais next week. I know how to drive to the ships if I'm boarding by car, but I am not coming with. Where can I get closest the foot ...
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How do you avoid the hefty toll fee on the French highways?

Some of the toll fee's on the French highways are hefty. I know that you can avoid them by taking the routes nationales, where some are almost like highways. I don't mind traveling a little bit longer ...
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Why do there seem to be no long distance buses in France?

User iHaveacomputer's answer to a question about smoking and EU trains and buses mentions that in Germany the state-owned railway has a monopoly on long-distance travel. On my first trip to ...
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What kind of Visa do I need to land on the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg?

Assuming I'm not a citizen of the European union, and that I have a Schengen Visa with Germany as the main destination, do I need to make any special arrangements to land at this airport? The ...
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Where in France can I rent a Citroen 2CV car?

I have never driven a Citroen 2CV and I fancy trying one but not to the extent of buying one. So, renting seems to be the solution. However, if I am going to rent one then rural France would seem to ...
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Cheap way to travel last minute across France by public transport?

The starting point and end point are not very important, but it will probably be Lille (~Belgium border) and end point around Hendaye (~Spanish border) I am planning to spend ~3 days crossing. Time ...
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The website says the Eiffel Tower is sold out for two months. Is there anything I can do?

I went to the Eiffel Tower web site looking to buy tickets for an upcoming visit, and found that, except for a few days, it is sold out for basically two months. I am guessing that it is not truly ...
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Paris Gare du Nord to Gare Montparnasse, by public transport but without lots of walking?

In a couple of weeks time, I'm off to the Loire by Eurostar + TGV, which means a cross Paris change. The Eurostar uses Gare du Nord, while the TGVs down to the Loire are at Gare Montparnasse. One ...
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What is the cheapest way to cross the English Channel from France to the UK on foot, single ticket?

I have looked at P&O's website (www.poferries.com), and a pedestrian day trip return costs €8 each way whereas a single without a return costs €35.50. Are there cheaper options? I assume that ...
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What is the difference between Eurostar first class and French TGV first class?

I've checked the costs of first class travel by high speed train in France and to UK. According to pictures, first class seats in the Eurostar and TGV look similar in terms of legroom and width, while ...
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Where is border control carried out for the Eurostar overnight Ski Train?

The Eurostar Marseille–London stops in Lille for passport checks, because there is no separated Eurostar available at Marseille or its other French stations. In winter, a special ski train runs ...
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What proof of disability is accepted in France?

I am planning a visit to Paris and see that entry to various landmarks is free or considerably cheaper for disabled visitors. One member of our group holds a German handicapped card ("...
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Can you identify the town in this William Partridge Burpee painting? Spain?

Can you identify this town? In 1905 the American Impressionist painter, William Partridge Burpee left home in Rockland, Maine and took the White Star steamer Romanic from Boston on October 28 for ...
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Do rental cars in France come with the two legally required breathalyzers?

As of June 2012 France requires all cars / drivers to carry two self-test breathalyzers. Do all rental car companies supply them and if I use one what is the charge associated with it?
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On TGV (or other French long-distance trains), can you take the earlier/later train?

Last year I had a ticket on a certain TGV. I arrived let due to getting a coffee. I got on the next TGV, an hour later. I figured I'd have to buy a new ticket on board. Surprisingly, the chef said, ...
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Botanical gardens in or close to Paris, France

I do love visiting botanical gardens. Given that inclination, where should I head for on a multi-day visit to Paris, France in late September?
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What are the lightest travel adapters/converters available for France?

I have no travel adapters for Paris and I need to know which brand has all the parts needed to charge my Android phone in a Paris apartment and which one has the least amount of weight. Edit: ...
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Is there a website with historical temperatures and weather data?

I am interested in hiking this fall in France and camping along the way. In order to figure what gear I need to pack to camp (particularly for the sleeping bag), I would like to know what temperatures ...
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Can you use your mobile phone in the Channel Tunnel?

The Channel Tunnel (Le tunnel sous la Manche) is a ~50km tunnel (well, a set of 3 tunnels) running between England and France, used by both high-speed Eurostar trains and slower car trains / freight ...