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Zwei rauchbier, bitte! (Aber wo?)

What in Alsace and/or Bavaria and the Romantic Road should two bier-vergnügen people experience? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium on Apr 29, 2007 - 8 answers

Books on Russian/French history in the 1800s?

I'm looking for some books on European history during the 1800s. I'm specifically interested in Russia from the Decemberists to the 1917 revolution, and the French student revolution of 1848. [more inside]
posted by pombe on Apr 26, 2007 - 8 answers

What requirements are there for passport validity when entering the UK and France?

What requirements are there for passport validity when entering the UK and France? [more inside]
posted by Big Fat Tycoon on Apr 13, 2007 - 10 answers

How can my Jewish girlfriend and I find a family to have a Passover Seder with in Bordeaux, France?

How can my Jewish girlfriend and I find a family to have a Passover Seder with in Bordeaux, France? [more inside]
posted by jordanian2 on Mar 29, 2007 - 6 answers

How do you make due in an area where you do not speak the native language and you have no one that you know to help you?

My fiancee and I are planning a honeymoon abroad, we're thinking of visiting Spain and/or France. Neither one of us are well spoken in the native languages... do we need to worry? What are people's experiences in this situation (just traveling abroad in general, to a place where you don't speak the language)? Is it a huge burden to bear on yourselves or on the country's native peoples? [more inside]
posted by mrzer0 on Mar 1, 2007 - 36 answers

UK / France signal confusion.

In the UK the accepted drivers signal for ' Go ahead / I am surrendering my right of way ' is a flash or two of the headlights. In France the same signal means the opposite. How does one signal ' Go ahead / I am surrendering my right of way ' in France?
posted by Dr.Pill on Feb 27, 2007 - 11 answers

Quelle Coincidence?

I am trying to remember the title of a French movie I saw in early 1999, although it may date from earlier than that. I don't remember the content of the main part of the movie at all other than that it had to do with amazing coincidences (or AN amazing coincidence, something like that)... [more inside]
posted by indiebass on Feb 21, 2007 - 9 answers

The most spectacular natural landscapes in France (esp. in winter)?

Where are the most awe-inspiring, hauntingly beautiful natural landscapes in France, especially in winter (or that amaze regardless of season)?
posted by shivohum on Jan 18, 2007 - 12 answers

Paris, London, Switzerland in a week - recommendations?

I want to do Paris/daytrips (1-2 days), Switzerland (4-5 days), and London/daytrips (1-2 days), all late this January. I'll be traveling alone. I'd love some advice. [more inside]
posted by Malad on Jan 10, 2007 - 27 answers

Learn me some French language history

Recommend to me a history of the languages of France. [more inside]
posted by mds35 on Jan 8, 2007 - 5 answers

Recommendations for Paris reading?

Recommendations for historical fiction about Paris? I'll be there for a couple of weeks, and have found that historical novels can really help me sink my teeth into a place. I have no particular era in mind, so the period is less important than the setting and the writing.
posted by walla on Dec 15, 2006 - 21 answers

Réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre

New Year's Eve in Paris... any ideas? [more inside]
posted by verisimilitude on Dec 12, 2006 - 3 answers

I have some questions about listening to the radio in Europe.

I have some questions about listening to the radio in Europe. [more inside]
posted by jordanian2 on Dec 6, 2006 - 10 answers

Internship in France, help me know what to expect!

[FranceFilter] I'm an early 20s Canadian doing a 4-month internship near Lyon, France in January. I have a few nagging questions before I leave. [more inside]
posted by KevCed on Nov 30, 2006 - 15 answers

Summer in Provence?

Any personal experiences with or advice regarding gites/vacation villages in France? [more inside]
posted by katemonster on Nov 29, 2006 - 3 answers

Aidez-moi choisir les vêtements!

How do people dress in the summertime in the South of France? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Nov 26, 2006 - 8 answers

Bordeaux for a week

Bordeaux for a week, with my mother (~65 years old). What to do, where to go? [more inside]
posted by cloudscratcher on Nov 18, 2006 - 7 answers

The Flâneur exposed

'The Flâneur': What fascinating titbits can you add to my knowledge about this concept? Art, history, philosophy and literary theory links all welcome. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Oct 25, 2006 - 22 answers

A weekend in Alsace

Looking for recommendations for a trip to Alsace, France this weekend. Currently, we're just across the border in Germany. Should we rent a car or take the train? Which towns must we see on a weekend trip? What are the best things to do (hiking, castles, etc.) and the best places to stay? Thanks!
posted by xammerboy on Oct 20, 2006 - 4 answers

How do I freelance in France?

What's the easiest way for a Canadian citizen to live and work in France for a few years earning a living doing freelance web work? [more inside]
posted by futureproof on Oct 18, 2006 - 10 answers

(Free) WiFi in Nice, France?

(Free) WiFi in Nice, France? [more inside]
posted by ImJustRick on Oct 12, 2006 - 4 answers

As if high school isn't awkward enough already...

Can someone explain French lycée-level notetaking to me? Is there some kind of secret system? [more inside]
posted by ruby.aftermath on Oct 7, 2006 - 12 answers

Mmm, how gothic

Name that typeface: used on the Michelin road signs in France. I've tried all the usual Gothic suspects.
posted by avocet on Sep 24, 2006 - 10 answers

Short French news podcasts?

Are there any good, short French news podcasts? [more inside]
posted by lackutrol on Sep 16, 2006 - 7 answers

How to plug a Thinkpad into an HDMI TV

How do I connect my VGA-only Thinkpad T60 to a French TV with HDMI and YPbPr inputs? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Sep 6, 2006 - 4 answers

What's on Rimbaud's arm?

What's the story behind this accessory tied to young Rimbaud's arm?
posted by Aghast. on Sep 5, 2006 - 8 answers

If it's MyAir.com, why can't I book a flight?

Why can't I purchase a cheap air ticket on Italian MyAir.com from the US? [more inside]
posted by Scram on Sep 5, 2006 - 11 answers

'eep 'op?

Recommend me some French hiphop and rap, s'il vous plait. [more inside]
posted by mendel on Aug 17, 2006 - 24 answers

Where can I watch the NFL in Paris?

I've recently moved to Paris, and I'd like to know if there are any pubs where I can catch NFL games on Sunday nights. I know they will start pretty late in the evening, but I just want to have a beer and watch a game. Bonus points for places that might air Jets/Giants.
posted by DefendBrooklyn on Aug 17, 2006 - 7 answers

Trains to Calais, Boulogne or Dunkerque from Holland (or Belgium, or Germany)... with a bike?

If I want to get a ferry to Dover, I'm starting from Holland, and I want to travel by bike or train, what route should I take? [more inside]
posted by handee on Aug 15, 2006 - 4 answers

Grocery shopping in Nice

I have a couple of very specific questions about our upcoming travel to Nice, France. 1. Does the Monoprix located on Avenue Jean Medecin sell groceries? And if so, would it be likely that we can find space in the nearby car park at about 6 pm on a Saturday? (We're coming directly from the States to a rural gite and will need to buy provisions for at least Sunday breakfast.) 2. Does the Monoprix at Place Garibaldi sell groceries and, if it does, is it possible to park nearby? (Both of these stores figure on our planned route out of the city. However, maps only show car parks near the one on Jean Medecin.) 3. Does traffic on Avenue Thiers, where the train station is located, run in both directions or just one way? It's not totally clear from all the maps I have consulted. If it is only one way and to the east, we'll have to greatly revise our itinerary out of town. Thanks muchly.
posted by NinaLee on Aug 8, 2006 - 7 answers

How can an expat buy a scooter in Paris?

Help me buy a scooter in Paris. I've just moved to Paris for work, and will be getting my carte de sejour (longterm visa) in a few weeks. I would like to find a decent second-hand Vespa or something similar. Some of the questions I have: Can I get a nice ride for under 1000€? Will I need an expensive French license (I currently hold one from NJ)? What type of insurance will I need and how much should I expect to pay? I'm looking to buy in September, so any help would be appreciated!
posted by DefendBrooklyn on Jul 25, 2006 - 5 answers

Tips and tricks for travel by train in Italy and France?

Tips and tricks for travel by train in Italy and France? [more inside]
posted by CaptApollo on Jun 30, 2006 - 18 answers

Internet's role in the EU referendum?

What role did the internet play in the Dutch and French referendums on the EU constituion last year? [more inside]
posted by names are hard on Jun 27, 2006 - 3 answers

Things to see & do in Nice, France?

Going to be spending 4 days in Nice, southern France, beginning of August. Recommendations on things to see & do? [more inside]
posted by slater on Jun 26, 2006 - 13 answers

What gift should I send overseas?

I'm in New York. She's in France. What gift can I get her that won't be too expensive to ship or too fragile to make it? [more inside]
posted by Cochise on Jun 21, 2006 - 13 answers

Help me kill time like Oscar.

I want to stay in the French Riviera for a couple of weeks in August. However, much of the research I'm doing implies that it's horribly overpopulated and overdeveloped. Can you suggest a good town, island, or village in which to stay? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on Jun 6, 2006 - 9 answers

la france!

I'll be going to France in a little under 2 months, to stay 2 weeks with a family that doesn't speak much English at all, in a relatively small town that doesn't speak much English at all. I'm decently proficient, but not confident, and definitely lacking in the listening/speaking end. I have, however, 9 days coming up where I will have more than enough free time. I won't have an internet connection, but I'll have a laptop I can put stuff on. What is the best use of the next 2 months in terms of preparing for functioning well on the trip? [more inside]
posted by devilsbrigade on Jun 4, 2006 - 10 answers

What's the correct protocol for the French double-kiss?

[French-kissing filter (not that kind)] When doing that little double kiss the French do, should I go right then left, left than right, or is there some subtle clue that the French give off to let you know which direction you should be moving your head? 'Cause if you go left when she goes right, it's not office appropriate and seems to upset her...
posted by bonecrusher on Jun 2, 2006 - 26 answers

Je t'aime, fromage!

Help us figure out how to spend 9 months to a year in France. [more inside]
posted by kaseijin on May 22, 2006 - 14 answers

What are they protesting?

What are these people protesting? [more inside]
posted by I Love Tacos on May 20, 2006 - 3 answers

Enjoying NW Europe on the cheap?

TravelFilter: This summer I and 3 friends are planning on travelling around part of Europe by train and are looking for advice on the main areas we plan to stay in. Information on hostels or other cheap accommodation (first hand if possible) would be great (more inside) [more inside]
posted by knapah on May 19, 2006 - 9 answers

The Cross of Lorraine

I'm planning on getting a tattoo incorporating the Cross of Lorraine, does it have negative connotations? [more inside]
posted by oxala on May 16, 2006 - 13 answers

Disembarking at CDG and getting to Austerlitz in 2 hours?

Can I make a 10:08 AM train from Paris' Gare d'Austerlitz if my flight's arrival time to CDG is 7:45 AM? [more inside]
posted by The Michael The on May 12, 2006 - 14 answers

Which French film invoves a train crashing into the sun?

I'm looking for a very old French film where some characters take a train that eventually takes off an crashes into the sun. [more inside]
posted by takeyourmedicine on May 11, 2006 - 10 answers

What should I cook in France?

What should I make for dinner? I'm in France, have a kitchen, some foie gras and no clue. [more inside]
posted by I Love Tacos on May 8, 2006 - 14 answers

Help us bike the south of France

Help us find a good bike tour in the south of France. [more inside]
posted by papercake on May 8, 2006 - 5 answers

Je voudrais jouer au football (je suis une fille)

I'm going on a six month exchange to Lyon, France, in August and I'd like to play football (soccer) while I'm over there. I can play at a reasonable level, and I'd be in open womens agewise. Ideally I'd play through university (Lumiere) or in a club with a similar group of people, but I'm having trouble finding specific club information online. [more inside]
posted by jacalata on May 6, 2006 - 5 answers

Northern Italy travel recommendations?

Northern Italy recommendations? When travelling across the top of Italy--south of the Alps but north of Venice--from Slovenia to France what are some of your favorite places to visit? Any must-sees? I'll be making this trip near the end of May with three other people in a car. We expect the Italy part of the trip to last a mere couple of days.
posted by rumbles on May 1, 2006 - 15 answers

sel fou where are you?

When I lived in france they had this delicious seasoning called sel fou. It's sort of like a french adobo. Does anyone know where I can buy it in the U.S. or order it over the internet? [more inside]
posted by milarepa on Apr 26, 2006 - 7 answers

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