I've been watching the Tour de France (thinking of starting a Phil Liggett drinking game, with phrases like "dancing on the pedals" and of course "lactic acid". Anyway, among the bunches of cars and motorcycles in various roles I've noticed one with the AG2R logo on the fairing. As they are also a team sponsor, that got my attention, but I can't figure out what that motorcycle is doing. No passenger, just a pilot on the motorbike, and no obvious role like medical, law enforcement, support*, or cameras. [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike
on Jul 14, 2014 -
I'm looking for THE forum for peeps like me (mid-30s, freelancing creative professional, not a backpacker) making a go of settling down overseas. I figured the hive must know the good sites with relevant info. [more inside]
posted by talljamal
on Jun 17, 2014 -
Any mefites knowledgeable about the French transport situation at the moment? Two of us have booked train tickets from Paris to Caen tomorrow and it seems that almost no trains are running. [more inside]
posted by Vortisaur
on Jun 13, 2014 -
I always found the answers to travel questions here very interesting, so here it goes: At the end of August/beginning of September, we want to go on a little post-conference vacation in the south of France. Our plan is to rent a car in Lyon and fly back two weeks later from Marseille.
Do you have any tips and recommendations for us? Anything special we should keep in mind regarding to renting a car?
We thought that the area of Languedoc-Roussillon is not as crowded as the Cotê d'Azure, so which cities should we visit?
Primarily visiting some interesting places and relaxing at the beach is planned but tips for some short hikes are also highly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
posted by ironicon
on May 18, 2014 -
There was a one-person food blog/website with gorgeous photography. At point, he went to France and came across a food that roughly translates to 'baby Jesus'. It was not a variant of a King cake. Does anyone remember this website?
posted by flibbertigibbet
on Feb 15, 2014 -
Looking for movie recommendations that feature French scenes, spoken French is good too. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA
on Dec 2, 2013 -
I'm in the middle of In Search of Lost Time
. It's interesting me in French history. It's better to learn about it from non-fiction, though, since Proust mixes real figures and facts with ones he made up. What good books are there about any period of French history between 1789 and, say, 1939? Popular or academic books are fine, and they don't have to concern themselves with wars, arms races, and treaties, either. Cultural histories are good.
posted by Rustic Etruscan
on Nov 4, 2013 -
I'm going to France for seven months to teach English to French high schoolers with a program through the French government. I'm incredibly excited to try my hand at teaching and improve my French. As someone with a chronic medical condition, I'm also excited to be enrolled in the Sécu and the MGEN - I imagine my medical costs will be some of the lowest in my life!
Anyway, my question is what to bring to France for seven months, 1) for general quality of life, and 2) as teaching materials for my high schoolers. [more inside]
posted by Devika
on Aug 15, 2013 -
Due to some ill-advised scheduling, we (Americans) are travelling from London to rural Brittany, then back to our reserved room in Paris three days later.
Rennes is the closest major city to Plumieux, the village where our friends live. All of the stuff I see online says to take the Eurostar from London to Gare du Nord in Paris, then transfer to Montparnasse to take the TVG to Rennes. From there we would catch a bus to get us near Plumieux, close enough for our friends to pick us up. [more inside]
posted by Danf
on Aug 5, 2013 -
Contact by Daft Punk supposedly "contains audio from the Apollo 17 mission used by courtesy of NASA and Capt. Eugene Cernan
". The sample says: "Hey Bob, I'm looking at what Jack was talking about and it's definitely not a particle that's nearby. It is a bright object and it's obviously rotating because it's flashing, it's way out in the distance, certainly rotating in a very rhythmic fashion because the flashes come around almost on time. As we look back at the Earth it's up at about 11 o'clock, about maybe ten or twelve diame...Earth diameters. I don't know whether that does you any good, but there's something out there."
When I Google this I find only Daft Punk references. Is it a genuine soundbite from the Apollo 17 mission or did those wacky French robots make it up?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94
on May 21, 2013 -
I will be in Berlin, Prague, Venice, Florence, Rome, Marseilles and Paris this summer. I've never been to any of these places before. [more inside]
posted by BitterYouth
on Apr 22, 2013 -
I want to purchase a frameable map of France, done in a similar manner to this one of Oregon
My Google powers are letting me down, even in French. All I'm able to find so far are 3D, molded-plastic relief maps, and then regional, folding topo maps.
Any clues welcome.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic
on Feb 18, 2013 -
I just heard the most amazing song on a streaming radio station from France! The song was in English, but there was no identification, and googling the bits of lyrics I could understand got me nowhere. Can you help me figure it out? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Nov 15, 2012 -
I’m currently based in Andalucía, Spain, teaching English for the school year, and am planning to visit neighboring France during Christmas vacation. France fascinates me and will be the first country I visit outside of Spain during my time in Europe, but to be honest: I know nothing. I have approximately 13 days to spend in the country, I would like to see Paris and a few other sites in the northwest, and I will probably enter the country on the Mediterranean coast (from Spain) and leave via the Basque Country (to return to Spain). What should I see? [more inside]
posted by huxham
on Nov 11, 2012 -
Going to Paris next spring 2013, traveling with parents who will be staying at a different hotel on other side of city. Would like to be able to call them to coordinate, what's the best option? [more inside]
posted by lirael2008
on Nov 10, 2012 -
Where can I book a train from Paris Nord to Beaune, returning from Beaune to CDG a few days later? [more inside]
posted by OompaLoompa
on Oct 30, 2012 -
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]
posted by wnissen
on Oct 1, 2012 -
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]
posted by chicobangs
on Sep 10, 2012 -
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
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posted by aught
on Apr 18, 2012 -
What is the best way to get access to a thesis published in 1966 in L'Universite Nancy Faculte des Sciences, France? [more inside]
posted by dhruva
on Jan 6, 2012 -
Help me understand just what I've gotten myself into with regards to my Orange internet connection. (I'm in France.) [more inside]
posted by Tamanna
on Oct 31, 2011 -
I'm trying to track down a French book, published recently, 2010 or 2011. It's either a conlang book or a book about an invented society. Possibly both. It is not a novel or a collection of stories but a description of the language/society. This is the author's first book. It was published by a respected publishing house and garnered positive notes in France.
posted by Kattullus
on Sep 18, 2011 -
I'd like to subscribe to a French magazine, but I live in Wales. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by piato
on Jun 13, 2011 -
Sell me Grenoble! I will be in Grenoble for five days, and if I like it enough, I might return for a year or two... [more inside]
posted by ddaavviidd
on May 7, 2011 -
What should I know about french cultural conventions in the context of a job interview? [more inside]
posted by valdesm
on Apr 25, 2011 -
Black beret, with white cursive/handwriting text on it in French(I can't remember what it said). I've seen two people with these, brought back from Paris, but I couldn't find them over there myself. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Where would I find them next time? [more inside]
posted by mippy
on Apr 8, 2011 -
french language filter: name of song on france bleu perigord sun 13 march 5.40 am
I've posted a minute of the last bars here http://writethinkplay.blogspot.com/
or if someone could translate for me into french that I was listening to the song on france bleu perigord at 5.40 am sunday 13 march, and would like to know the name of it. The song that played just after it was Nights in White Satin by the Moody Blues. merci for any help
posted by sparkle55
on Mar 12, 2011 -
I'm about to start a 5 month internship in France, I'm leaving next week, and my visa hasn't been processed yet. What should I tell customs? [more inside]
posted by Groovytimes
on Feb 28, 2011 -
What is the cheapest option for using internet in France without one's own PC - i.e., internet cafés, etc.? [more inside]
posted by aqsakal
on Dec 13, 2010 -
How can I most easily and inexpensively send small holiday gifts from France to the US? [more inside]
posted by sucre
on Nov 13, 2010 -
Where can I eat vegetarian while staying in Paris? I'm planning a week's holiday in Paris or perhaps nearby, and would like a hotel that's either vegetarian, or very sympathetic to a vegetarian diet. What are my options? Are there any options?
posted by curious_yellow
on Nov 9, 2010 -
How can I get a photo of a war grave on the other side of the planet (without renewing my passport, incurring massive airfares, and getting over my deep-seated horror of flying overseas)? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999
on Nov 7, 2010 -
A friend is traveling to Paris, France to stay for 2-5 days. He's a Bahamian citizen, which seems to indicate he'll need a visa for sure. Here's the twist: he's en route, and may have only a day to try to get any paperwork taken care of. Does he stand a chance of getting a visa through, or should he turn back now?
The US French Consulate does not give out visa information by phone, and I've trying contacting Customs and the Police at Charles De Gaulle Airport (+33 1 48 62 31 22). Unfortunately, I don't speak French, and the phone system seems to be unforgiving.
posted by NBJack
on Nov 1, 2010 -