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Can I eat only a crème brûlée in Paris?

Except for upper class restaurants serving only fixed multi-course menus, I have never (neither in France nor anywhere else) experienced a restaurant, where you could not order only a part of what is ...
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Why does Paris have two large train stations next to each other? (Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est)

The Gare du Nord was originally the Paris terminus of the Compagnie des chemins de fer du Nord (see Wikipedia). The Gare de l'Est was originally the Paris terminus of the Compagnie du Chemin de Fer ...
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Can I eat only a crème brûlée in Paris?

You're overthinking it. We're french, weird but not that much. Just walk in any restaurant, order anything you'd like, would it be just appetizers or a dessert, pay your bill and walk out. I would be ...
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Is there a way to prevent "looking like a tourist" in order to not be harassed?

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 ...
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"5 = 1€" for souvenirs in Paris, why do they write the price this way?

They write it this way to create confusion. This attracts more potential customers to engage with the seller, since people conclude that the price is lower than it actually is. This technique is a ...
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On landing in Paris, from India, which side of the plane to sit to see Eiffel tower?

The three major airports of Paris with commercial flights are Paris Charles de Gaulle-Roissy (CDG), Paris Orly (ORY), and Paris Beauvais (BVA). Since longhaul flights to Canada only originate from CDG ...
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What is the cheapest way of travelling between London and Paris by public transportation?

If you are not time sensitive, then Eurostar Snap is an option. You pick a day and either morning or afternoon and then get told the train time the day before. (It lets them fill empty seats.) There ...
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Pack of 10 tickets in Metro, Paris, can you share?

The carnet comes as 10 separate tickets and nothing stops you from sharing with others.
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Can I eat only a crème brûlée in Paris?

France has something called "Le Goûter", which is their version of Afternoon tea. The French generally eat late in the evening, after 8 PM, so there is a habit of having something sweet in the ...
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Is there a way to prevent "looking like a tourist" in order to not be harassed?

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 ...
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Which TGV routes travel at 500+ km/hr?

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 ...
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What is this design/advert featuring cupcakes on French railway trying to say?

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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Botanical gardens in or close to Paris, France

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 ...
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Where to practice violin 5 hours every day in Paris?

Rent a (Solo) Music Studio Since you mention the need to be alone, a dedicated music studio comes to mind. A quick google search revealed Studio Luna Rossa in the 13th Arrondissement and Maison de la ...
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Is a picnic at the Chateau de Versailles possible?

You have several possibilities for a picnic on a normal day (as Gayot Fow's answer mentions, the white picnic is worth the trip as well). The first one is where everyone goes, particularly tourists - ...
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Is there a way to prevent "looking like a tourist" in order to not be harassed?

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 ...
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Pack of 10 tickets in Metro, Paris, can you share?

Indeed you can. I'd extend this to other French cities as well: I have lived in Lyon, Clermont-Ferrand, Mulhouse and (currently) Strasbourg, and in each of these cities public transportation tickets ...
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What is the most dangerous area of Paris (or its suburbs) according to police statistics?

I can help with places that are horribly dangerous, but it's a matter of opinion as to what is the most dangerous. Earlier this year I was part of a mission sent by the JCWI to assist refugees. We ...
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What are the peak hours for public transportation in Paris?

The short answer is that it doesn't matter. It won't make a noticeable difference to your travel time. Public transport is not like driving where rush hour traffic moves at a snail's pace. Buses can ...
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Are there any drinking water fountains/taps in Paris Charles de Gaulle airport?

Yes, but not everywhere. Below is an image of what the water fountains look like at the airport at the time of writing (07/2015): CDG water fountain, JoErNanO, Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 ...
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Are the Paris Catacombs currently open for visiting?

As a matter of fact, they just have been reopened. The Musée Carnavalet, the museum in charge of the catacombs, announced on their Facebook page one hour ago: Bonne nouvelle ! Les Catacombes ...
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Why does Paris have two large train stations next to each other? (Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est)

The simple answer is that the reasons are exactly the same as in London, where, in the Victorian age, different parts of the railway network were built and owned by different private companies. In ...
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"5 = 1€" for souvenirs in Paris, why do they write the price this way?

There are many ways you can write prices with the euro sign, all traditions out of all euro countries are acceptable. The one in the picture seems to indicate a writer who is not familiar with the € ...
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Is it possible to stay overnight in Paris for a flight in London?

Of course it's possible. Depending on which day of the week you're traveling, the last feasible departure from Paris may be the 13:13, which arrives in London at 14:39, giving you more than two hours ...
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Visiting the Eiffel Tower -- going early to avoid queue

You can queue for the lifts, however this is not your best bet (unless you have difficulty with stairs.) There are two better options...What I would suggest (and what I do whenever I take people there)...
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How can I know (without going to the station) if RATP is offering the Anti Pollution tickets?

It actually not offered by RATP but by the Paris Region transport authority, Ile-de-France Mobilités, and is available from the participating transport companies, including RATP and SNCF. When that ...
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Can we cover both Disneyland parks in Paris in one day?

No. Not if you're the least bit serious about it (sure, you can run through). I did Euro Disneyland shortly after it was opened (there was only one park at that time, and it was about half the size) ...
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Travelling in/out France after the attacks of November 2015

I looked for official information about this from a French government source, but did not find anything. I may not have identified the correct agency, but there was nothing obvious on the web sites ...
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Can I eat only a crème brûlée in Paris?

Once in Lille, France, we went only for desert, since it was not dinner time yet, and we were on holiday, to a restaurant that was fancy enough to have a table d'hote menu, but not fancy enough to not ...
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Can you identify this restaurant at this address in 2011?

Using Google Street View on the address at 123 avenue des Champs-Elysées and going back to 2011 tells us this was Chez Clément. A number of other locations alluded to in the Wikipedia page match the ...
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