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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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French border police are present at St. Pancras, and process all passengers embarking on Eurostar services. French police is supposed to stamp passports except those of EU, EFTA, Andorran, Monaco and San Marino citizens, or persons holding article 10/20 residence cards. However, they often ignore stamping low-risk passports (US, Canadian, Australian, NZ ...


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The situation is complex and quite variable. If the delivery is done by La Poste (the incumbent postal service), they usually have access to those mailboxes (they have the RFID equivalent of a master key, as well as master keys to open the mailboxes to deliver parcels in them, if they are standard mailboxes). The exception is if there’s a concierge, in ...


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I am in France for business and personal... Can only use my AMEX when I am in a very obvious "business" situation. Hotels fine (maybe not cheap ones). Restaurants near business districts usually OK but still not 100%. Random restaurant maybe 25% if that. Shops are hit and miss. A high-end store might accept AMEX 60-70% but a mom and pop might ...


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Here's the thing. Slowing down traffic can actually make it run smoother. If people expect to go the higher speed, then any bit of open road is considered "lucky" and driving amounts to seizing any bit of luck to sprint to the next bit of congestion. This exacerbates the points of congestion. However if cars respond to open space by cruising at a somewhat ...


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This is an error in how Movit is calculation for the first and last train. It seems to be assuming the first train of the day is the first train after midnight, and the last train the last train before midnight. The system does shut down overnight, but as the last train is after midnight this error has occurred. Click "VIEW FULL SCHEDULE" and then the name ...


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To have map services like Google Maps find actual breweries correctly, you have to search micro brasserie. That filters out the brasseries, which are primarily restaurants, as @phoog mentioned in his comment. Searching micro brasserie found the exact types of establishments I was looking for - places that make and sell their own beer!


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Amazon has an option to deliver your packages to "relays" or "points de retrait" - usually gas stations and small shops can act like one, but there are dedicated places too. You get your package there free of charge, at the store's opening hours. You will need a valid ID to pick it up. If the item you want is not eligible for such delivery, you can usually ...


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The only record they keep is the stamps in your passport. You can use the UK entry stamp to prove that you left. There's nothing to worry about.


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There is a LCVP based at the harbour of Carentan-les-Marais, about 50 km from Bayeux (more details in French). I don't think there is one on a beach anywhere, there might be one at the museum at Utah beach.


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It depends on your fare, some TGV tickets can be changed, some can be changed for a small fee up to two days before travel, others yet cannot or not without a hefty fee. If your fare allows it and seats are available, it could be possible to change the date and time without additional fee. Additionally, there are very few TGV from CDG to Rennes (one a day, ...


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The other answer is very thorough but perhaps you would also like to look at Bois de Vincennes. It is located in Eastern Paris and has a zoo, a botanical garden, a Buddhist temple and a children’s farm along with many grassy fields and lakes. It is very accessible from public transport and bikes are available for rent to explore its vast confines. More ...


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4 roues sous 1 parapluie is based in Paris and specializes in guided tours with a chauffeur but they do offer rentals in Paris and Bordeaux. From there, you could drive to the countryside (Bordeaux is probably more interesting for that). It is indeed quite pricey and actually more expensive than the German prices mentioned in another answer.


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Métabief is a village in France. Vallorbe is across the border in Switzerland. Vallorbe is not the primary way to reach Métabief: that would be Frasne, in France, even though it's farther from Métabief. The bus schedule you've found gives you a few more options between Frasne and Métabief than between Vallorbe and Métabief. Some useful translations for this ...


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Edited: added details about the Interpol SLTD database and what they say about using a passport declared lost, and about emergency passports. The form used to declare the loss of an identity card or passport (Cerfa 14011*02) has this big red box at the top: Translation: Any declaration of loss or theft renders the ID definitively invalid. If you ...


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From Paris, €100-200 per person for (high-speed) international trains like Eurostar to London, Thalys to the Benelux or the TGV to Spain are typical prices. You don't need any special pass and can buy a ticket directly on oui.sncf (official French railway website) or trainline.com. Flying is indeed frequently cheaper but there are also super-saver fares for ...


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No need to worry about this mishap. The Schengen Borders Code provides a mechanism with how to deal with this and what is acceptable evidence of having exited: The travel documents of non-EU nationals are systematically stamped upon entry and exit. If a travel document does not bear an entry stamp, it may be presumed that the holder does not fulfil, or ...


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It seems that there is no direct option From this quite old (2012) discussion on Le Routard.com (the website of a popular French tourist guide), there is no direct ferry route between Bretagne and Portugal. Ferries goes to Spain, in Gijon or Bilbao for example. This website confirms it was still the case in 2015. This makes sense, as Portuguese main cities,...


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Yes, the speed limit applies to all cars. The information can be found here: https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F10332. It's in French obviously. Here is a translation of the relevant parts: What measures can be taken? The prefect defines the concerned areas and may decide in particular on the following measures: Moderation ...


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Don't waste your time and a lot of money to change your TGV ticket. At CDG jump on Les BusDirect #4 for 17€ and get off at Montparnass Gare and board your TGV to Rennes without hassle. Bon voyages. Les Bus Direct enter link description here


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I would recommend asking the airline to change your departure date and drive to the nearest passport agency or center. Set up an appointment online while on the way there and get two passport photos taken. Bring your old passport. They can usually get you a passport in about 4-6 hours. Probably too late for OP, but hopefully it helps future travelers.


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TLDR: Was in exact same situation. Air France did not stop us from going or even comment on my passport expiring in 2.5 months. I was in the exact same situation, was flying to Paris (CDG) from Salt Lake City (SLC) and my passport expired in less than 2.5 months. At the boarding gate, they called my wife and I to check our passports / validity and luckily ...


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The ferry you chose before was a 21 hour ride. The trip you imagine would be twice that, nowhere within sight of land (except on the Spanish end), and through not particularly polite seas. Regardless, that ride does not exist. I concur with not driving, having just done a driving trip twice that long myself, it would be a 2-day trip if you push, when ...


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Short answer: yes, but it is a special passport (may possibly be) called Mortuary (or Corpse) Passport (or only Pass) (French: laissez-passer mortuaire, German: Leichenpaß) The English expression used in the second treaty uses the French term (without mortuaire) . Full answer: There are two international conventions defining how a corpse should be ...


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