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That is the famous French city of ... Budapest.


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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 city is not in France. The picture is of the river Danube in Budapest, Hungary.


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In a curious coincidence, there was a question about this part of France just a few hours ago. You are looking at the Noirmoutier area of France, which in the past was one of the world's premier regions for the production of Fleur de Sel: a salt that forms as a thin, delicate crust on the surface of seawater as it evaporates. It is produced thus: One ...


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In my eyes 7/7 is shorthand for French 7 jours sur 7 which translates to 7 days out of 7. Meaning the business is open all week. Note that this does not necessarily mean that the business is also open 24h. Indeed in France you often read 7j/7 written on shops that are open every day of the week (note the little j, standing for jours == days). For example, ...


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To expand other answers: judging from the angle (Chain Bridge's east pillar appearing exactly below Margaret Bridge's middle pillar on Margaret Island), the picture was most probably taken from the Gellért Hill in Budapest, at about this point: (Street view link to Google Maps or Google Earth). I believe either they edited the railing in later, or the ...


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Passage du Gois is a natural passage with a length of 4,3km (2.58-miles), located in the Atlantic coast of France in the Vendée. Part of the D948 leading to the island of Noirmoutier floods with high tide, and is accessible only during low tide, 1½ hours each before and after the lowest tide. If you miscalculate, there are refuge markers which you would have ...


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From Visa policy of the Schengen area: To be able to enter the Schengen Area/Bulgaria/Croatia/Cyprus/Romania visa waiver, the above Annex II nationals are required to: have a travel document which is valid for at least 3 months after the intended date of departure and which has been issued in the previous 10 years If your passport expires in ...


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As a French native, I discovered this practice in North America. I never asked for a doggy bag in France, nor have I seen someone do it. So it is likely restaurants don't even have boxes. You can obviously take out food from fast-food restaurants but for regular restaurants I don't think it is correct behaviour. I usually finish my dishes, I only order what ...


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This is simply the name of the officer. The signature on the visa matches this name. Furtheron, as @hobbs remarked, his name accidentially means "Goat Willow", which is a certain kind of tree. In fact, Saule des Chèvres is another French name for this tree, which literally translates to "Goat Willow". See here. However, this is pretty common in France to ...


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According to a New York Times article published in 2012, "you are not allowed to visit Pheasant Island", regardless of which or how many visas you have.


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France does not really have one national costume. There are many regional costumes, although not many or even non is/are still used as daily dress. In the last half of the 20th century, the 'typical' French male item was a beret. And it is still used as a cartoon image for the French. If you are on the French coast you will likely also see a lot of ...


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For both historical and financial reasons, American Express acceptance in France is quite low. Visa and MasterCard were associated from the start with the CB program, so anywhere they take cards they will take Visa and MasterCard, it's a standard part of the contract a merchant would get from their bank for card acceptance. On the other hand, American ...


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I never found the stereotypical rude Parisian I was warned about. Several people went far out of their way to help me in ways I wouldn't expect in my own city. I did not find a great number of people outside the tourism industry in Paris that spoke English. I did always use the French words and phrases I knew "excusez moi", "salut", "merci", and if I could ...


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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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There should be no problem. 99% of city names are the same in French as they are in the native language, and when they're not the same, they're very similar (Moskva/Moscou, London/Londres). Find the gate on the departures board, and sit by it. Pay attention to the time. When people get on the plane follow them and hand your ticket to the gate agent. In ...


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I have driven a 2CV (belonging to a co-worker in the UK), and while they are a lot more fun than driving a "muscle car" unless you are on a race track, you certainly don't want to consider two weeks touring in one. For example the practical top speed is only about 40 mph on the flat, and the 0-40 acceleration time is at least 30 seconds. The brakes are ...


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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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This is an advertisement for the Adopte un Mec dating app/website. The site is also known abroad by the different translations of its meaning "Adopt a Guy". Their logo features the cart.


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Currently, Schengen States do not have a central database in which entries/exits are recorded. The evaluation is soley done by physically checking the stamps in your passport. Such a system is however in the process of being implementened: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:32017R2226&from=DE I would not worry too much about ...


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The French seem to go for very small and massive stores. There are some mid-size stores but these seem rather rare. In fact, the French are known around the world for exporting their retail chains and hypermarché [hypermarket] concept. These are most similar to American super centers, but genearlly have a focus on food and are between the size of an American ...


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The big one is Jardin des Plantes: Ancient Royal Garden, this place has developed during the centuries and contains now the gardens itself, the Museum of Natural History and the Menagerie. At the Jardin des Plantes, you will discover the Alpine Garden which, created in 1938, contains 2000 mountain plants from all over the world, the rose garden, the ...


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Bus 100 (Nice - Monaco - Menton) is a very good option and costs a mere 1.50 € (2015). It runs every 15 minutes mostly, and the trip takes 30-45 minutes. It takes an absolutely scenic route along the coast, passing through seaside towns such as Villefranche and Beaulieu. (There's also express bus 100X which takes the motorway and costs 4 € (2012); ...


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This isn't the definitive answer, as I never traveled there but I can give a couple of tips. I've traveled in a 50cc scooter before (for several days). The 50 cc scooter should be able to climb and do everything you want. It will just do it slower :) Things to take into consideration: You won't be able to make average speeds nowhere near 80 km/h, and very ...


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I'm french and as far as I know, this is for all types of vehicles. The reduction of pollutant emissions is due to lower car consumption and a slow-moving traffic flow that avoids too much acceleration and braking (study). So I don't see why electric cars should be allowed to drive faster.


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Multiple sources (English Wikipedia, French Wikipedia, Official site of Hendaye) all claim that the island cannot be visited. You could try to get a job in the maintenance department of Irun, which is in charge of the island, and hope to get assigned to cut the grass there. That would require a Spanish work permit.


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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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To expand on Greg's answer, which already covers why you won't be allowed to enter the Schengen area, you might be interested in knowing that you can get a US passport in a hurry for an extra $60 (slightly more if you have them send the renewed passport by post).


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I do recall Paris metro tickets being available on the Eurostar and at the information desk in London, but that was a few years ago and may well no longer be true. The price is rather more expensive than if you get them in Paris. There generally isn't that much of a queue in Paris Nord, especially outside peak hour. This is one of Paris's busiest stations ...


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It's a common problem I had in South America - I really wanted to improve my Spanish while travelling as it gives you a much better insight into your travels, and can talk to locals more. But so often they'd just switch to English because they welcomed a chance to learn English themselves. You can either do the obvious (ask them to speak French so you can ...


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