FranceFilter: Vacances de la Toussaint (fall midterm holidays) have what effect on traveling? Are trains, family-oriented sights, indoor pools, etc. packed, or is it mostly status quo? [more inside]
Honeymooning in Paris, and trying to flesh out our plans (not to mention a wedding registry) with stuff other than restaurants & museums. Ideas? [more inside]
I'm taking a holiday in the South of France soon and am planning to drive down there (there being Carcassonne). I plan to stop one night somewhere on the way - where would be an interesting place in the middle of France to spend one evening?
The French consulate in Toronto gave me a three-month visa, but I was planning on staying for 9 months to a year. I don't know why they gave me a three-month visa when I clearly stated I was planning on leaving in June, but someone just told me I can't apply for a carte de séjour with a three-month visa. HELP! [more inside]
I need help with a book suggestion! All my particulars found within, within, within.. [more inside]
I'd like to go surfing in next weekend in Normandy, France. Haven't pinned down a specific location yet. Any recommendations on where to go, where to stay and where (if possible) to rent a board?
In 2010, the granddaughter of Marthe de Florian died at age 91. An apartment she had kept locked in Paris since 1940 was finally opened and among the items found in the apartment was a gorgeous painting of her grandmother by italian artist Giovanni Boldini. Every article about the discovery focuses on Marthe & Giovanni and the painting. My friends and I are far more interested in the granddaughter... Can you help us find details? [more inside]
Can I use a French sim card in my Droid Razr? [more inside]
Recommended family adventures in Fontainebleau and Sancerre, France? [more inside]
I'm thinking of applying for a Fulbright - how well do I REALLY need to know the language? [more inside]
HoneymoonFilter: in a couple of weeks, we're flying into Olbia, Sardinia where a rental car is waiting for us and flying out of Ajaccio, Corsica ten days later. I haven't booked or planned anything in between. Any itinerary suggestions or tips on what we shouldn't miss? Thanks.
What are my prepaid 3g data+sim options for Western Europe? [more inside]
Where can I buy three black berets and gauloises cigarettes tomorrow or Saturday in Washington, D.C. (or on-line so they get here SUPER fast)? [more inside]
We're heading to Paris for a week -- hurrah! Only catch: my three-year-old daughter has a really serious peanut and tree-nut allergy. She needs to avoid anything that could conceivably contain even a trace of nuts. Is she going to have to live off Goldfish crackers, or can we find safe dining options for her and ourselves? [more inside]
Do I have to BE in France for 3 weeks prior to my classes starting for the 2B Visa (Canada-France Youth Exchanges Agreement)? [more inside]
Has anyone attended any of the Jazz Master Classes at Marciac in August? Any words of wisdom to pass along? Where did you sleep? Where did you eat? What were the surprises? What do you recommend to a newcomer? + two extra questions on jazz workshops in general and on this jazz festival in particular.. [more inside]
Traveling to Paris next week with family, and looking for ideas for something special for my mother's upcoming 60th birthday... [more inside]
I need some ideas on where to spend the last leg of our France trip (Details inside) [more inside]
Should I risk smoking weed in (Nantes) France while on exchange from Canada? [more inside]
I posted this question a few months ago and have since narrowed down our options. Need help deciding please! [more inside]
[QuoteFilter] Segolene Royal loses her parliamentary seat..."She then quoted Victor Hugo: "Traitors always pay for their treachery in the end." Where's the original from?
Can you recommend a good local market day in Northern France? [more inside]
We are heading to Nancy and Paris France at the end of the week with our 12.5 month old, and we will be in each city for a week. I am looking for suggestions! [more inside]
What does one take to the Cannes Lions in June? Dresses? Ball gown? Jeans? Flip-flops? Sunscreen? [more inside]
Mefi French Folk and Francophiles, please help out my dad! My dear dad is stuck in the little town of Argenton Chateau (recently renamed Argenton Vallee)- which I think is about 50 km away from Tours, I think, and Angers , I think, and just south of the Loire Valley, I think. He has nothing to do all day but read his Kindle and sit at the local cafe while my mom is in a painting class in the little village for the next three weeks. Do you have recommendations for day trips and sights in the area? [more inside]
I'm vegan and planning a trip to Paris. What staples, if any, should I bring to round out meals I'll be making in the vacation rental where I'll be staying? [more inside]
Need help planning first trip to Paris please. [more inside]
A friend asked me (because I have been to France a couple times) if I knew the locations in a couple of snapshots taken by his father many years ago (I presume after WWII) while in France serving in the armed forces. I have no idea, having only been to Paris and environs, and thought there was a chance that a French, or French-traveling, MeFites would know. Thanks in advance to anyone who has an idea. Image; Second image.
What specialty food items should I bring back from Paris and London? I am traveling to both places in May. Can you recommend some unique and delicious food items I can bring back with me? (Any other travel recommendations are welcome as well!)
I'm an American living in France on a long-stay visitor's visa (I'm here as an artist in residence working on comics in Angoulême). To get my visa, I had to prove I had health insurance. At the time of my visa application, I had American health insurance which covered only emergencies abroad, so I assumed that if anything came up, I would pay out of pocket here in France and then, well, go home if anything really grave came about. I also bought travelers insurance from World Nomads to cover repatriation (necessary for the visa). Now, because of reasons that I wont go into here, I have lost my American health insurance and am left with only the travelers insurance, which is really not sufficient. I'd like to stay in France and am planning to renew my visa for another year, so I want to make sure everything is in order. I'd also like to be covered! Is it possible to buy French health insurance as a foreigner who is technically a "non-resident"? I've googled a bit and found some links to various companies who seem to do just this, but I would like to hear from others who have done the same or who know something about it.
I have to be in Paris for an academic conference on May 31 to June 1st. On June 2nd, there's a marathon in Sauternes, which appears to be about 6-7 hours south-west of Paris by car. My question is (1) having never been to France, and never traveled around Europe except by train and since college, can I get from Paris to Sauternes in time to run the race at 8:30am the next morning realistically? And (2) can you help me logistically plan this ahead of time so that it minimizes risk of getting lost, missing the race, and spending a lot of money? I will be flying out of Paris, fyi, and haven't booked any flights yet.
My late grandfather painted an interpretation of one of Maurice Utrillo's depictions of the "Maquis" of Montmartre, in Utrillo's time a very poor area of the well-known Paris neighbourhood. Which Utrillo work did my granddad use as a blueprint, and where exactly was Utrillo's vantage point? [more inside]
Six months in the UK sandwiched between continental European travel for an American WWOOFer who'd rather not get visas if she can possibly avoid it. Your tips? [more inside]
Can anyone tell me the most time-efficient and cost-efficient route from the US West coast to Noumea, New Caledonia? [more inside]
Australian civil engineer wanting to work over in france, and possibly stay - is there anyway this will work? [more inside]
Do you know anything about the French antifascist gang called the Red Warriors? [more inside]
Help me find great restaurants in Strasbourg! Traveling to Strasbourg, France, with some foodie friends and looking for good recommendations. Budget is flexible. Thanks!
Attention cheese, butter and cider-lovers: Where to go in Brittany or Normandy? [more inside]
What are your favorite books (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc) and films about contemporary life in Paris, Munich, and/or Zurich (or their environs)? (Translated into English, of course). [more inside]
My friend found this bronze piece in a field in the outskirts of Montady, a small town in the south of France. It's quite heavy, and seems to be solid. I've included a Euro coin for scale. Any ideas what it is?
Whirlwind trip to France: Your tips needed (Fleurance, Aix, Paris). My wife & I going to Fleurance on business in the beginning of March and while the business portion should take a couple of days, we'll have at least a week in France. We'd like to see Aix (I was an exchange student there 20 years ago), and at least see Paris because we may never get another chance. [more inside]
Recommendations for unusual travel experiences (not just places) in or near Paris? [more inside]
What is the best way to get access to a thesis published in 1966 in L'Universite Nancy Faculte des Sciences, France? [more inside]
I'm considering going to France, Belgium, and Germany in late April for 3 weeks, what should I do and see while I'm there? [more inside]
Any idea how to acquire the source music from the new Scorsese film Hugo? The stuff the band is playing in the cafe and party scenes, in other words? [more inside]
Planning a potential first trip to Europe this summer and I'm a little overwhelmed with logistics. We'd be hitting Ireland (because we want to go there) and France (for a friend's wedding). [more inside]
Please help me find cheap, reasonably stylish clothes in France. [more inside]
Just starting to plan a trip to France (mainly Paris) and Germany (mainly Munich) with three kids ages 17, 14, and 11. We're from the US and do not speak German or French. We've done Europe before, but never these countries. We will go in June of 2012. I need resources so I can research the heck out of this thing. [more inside]
Overnight Trip (from Paris) without a car -- which would be better: Avignon or Nimes? We will be on foot, staying just one night, and are into history, archeology, museums, good food. If one not better than the other, what differences should we know about?