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International Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

What is the best city in Western Europe in which to spend Christmas? My spouse and I have decided to spend Christmas and New Year's in Europe! We will be going to Athens for New Year's Eve, but we aren't sure where we should spend Christmas, and the days leading up to it. [more inside]
posted by cessair on Jul 5, 2014 - 9 answers

What forum do U.S. expat mefite's use most on the internet?

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 - 6 answers

Paris and what else?

Mr. Kitty and I got into the Paris Marathon for 2015 (yay!) We decided to make it a long vacation. We plan on spending 3 weeks in France - the first week will be mostly adjusting to time difference, marathon running, and recovery. The second week actually exploring Paris, and the third week....is a giant question mark [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty on Apr 24, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me find exact location of André Kertész's 'Stairs Of Montmartre'

We are visiting Paris in the summer and I hoping to visit to exact location of André Kertész's photo, 'Stairs Of Montmartre'. From what I can tell looking at Street View on Google Maps and exploring Flickr, there are many steps in Montmartre and I am hoping I don't need to climb all of them looking for the location of this iconic photo. Can someone give me the location who has been there?
posted by vac2003 on Feb 26, 2014 - 11 answers

Best International SIM card for data in France, Belguim and Netherlands

I am going to be in Paris, Belgium and The Netherlands for about six days each. I will have an unlocked iPhone 4S (from AT&T) and will want to use data while there. Which international SIM card should I get? [more inside]
posted by soelo on Jan 28, 2014 - 7 answers

New Year's break in Paris, on the cheap

My girlfriend and I have won a week's holiday in Paris over the new year period. Flights, bed, and breakfast are covered -- how can we stretch our food and entertainment budget? [more inside]
posted by pont on Dec 26, 2013 - 22 answers

iPhone in Paris (Xmas 2013 edition)

Which French mobile SIM should I get for my one week in Paris later this month? [more inside]
posted by jindc on Dec 9, 2013 - 6 answers

English language movies featuring France or French

Looking for movie recommendations that feature French scenes, spoken French is good too. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Dec 2, 2013 - 25 answers

Getting into Paris (difficulty level: travelling with a senior)

My mother is here in Europe for a visit. Unfortunately, she's not up to par in terms of walking fitness in recent months, and I've booked us a trip via Ryanair to Paris. I'm quite clear on getting out of Beauvais via the shuttle, but 1) would it be worth it or is it possible to take a taxi directly into Paris; or 2) how do I go about getting a taxi once we're in Porte Maillot? My French is extremely basic but we're both fluent English speakers. She's also very used to cars.
posted by cendawanita on Aug 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Recommended Books ABout Nazi-Occupied Paris

Greetings MetaFilters. I am doing some research into Nazi-occupied Paris during WW II. Specifically, I am interested in the Nazi's confiscation of degenerate art and other treasures in Paris and the German Leadership that oversaw it; the underground movement; the role of the Catholic Church; fashion and the arts during this period; and the role of the civilians. Can you provide some good books on the era, either fiction, or non-fiction. Thank you.
posted by DudeAsInCool on Jul 6, 2013 - 12 answers

Travelling in Paris

In June, I'm going to Paris for a conference. I'm planning on booking a room in Alfortville, whilst the conference is in the 7th arr., on the Boulevard de la Tour-Maubourg. I'll need to take the RER D for an 8.30 start in the morning, returning in the evening. Anyone have any idea how long the journey will take? How reliable is public transport in Paris? And is this particular line dodgy? Thanks
posted by miorita on Jun 3, 2013 - 4 answers

Business cards in a hurry in Paris?

My wife is in Paris attending a conference, and just realized that she didn't bring her business cards along! I know that freestanding machines exist to make these while-you-wait in other cities, but where can one go to get same-day business cards in Paris? Difficulty: some, but limited, French language ability.
posted by 1adam12 on May 25, 2013 - 5 answers

Can you help me plan my trip to Germany, France and Italy?

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 - 22 answers

English speaking person in Paris (France)

Things to do as an international living in Paris. [more inside]
posted by gunners on Jan 26, 2013 - 11 answers

Desperately seeking transcendent Montmartre hard candy

14 months ago, I bought a bag of pink hard candies at this lovely boulangerie in the Montmartre. The flavor seems to be burnt sugar-like. They taste like the fanciest cotton candy imaginable. [more inside]
posted by Duffington on Jan 25, 2013 - 10 answers

Where to stop in between Paris and Barcelona?

If you were driving from Paris to Barcelona next spring and had two nights to stay along the way, where would you stay and why? Indirect routes are ok but you also want to break up the trip so you aren't doing more than six hours of driving in one day. [more inside]
posted by stp123 on Nov 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Google Maps House hunting in Paris

There's an amazing timberframe house on sale in the heart of Paris-7ème arrondissement. I've been spending half-an-hour trying to locate it in Google Maps without success... so there's your challenge!
posted by rom1 on Nov 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me plan my trip to France!

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 - 11 answers

Is there nothing to do in Paris but eat, drink & look at art?

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 - 25 answers

How safe is this Parisian neighborhood?

If I show you a neighborhood in Paris, can you tell me how safe it is for a family with kids? [more inside]
posted by crapples on Jul 22, 2012 - 12 answers

Taking my funny face to Paris

So I'll be in Paris for six days in the beginning of February. I have my cheap not-quite-a-room all set up (thanks, airbnb!) and some mild conversational skills all primed and...basically no other plans, other than vast quantities of pastries. So what do you, o wonderful Mefites, suggest? In search of: museums, especially odd ones and/or Romans, fancy paper... [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict on Jan 20, 2012 - 23 answers

Votre Assistance, S'il Vous Plait

Where to print out a boarding pass in Paris? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Dec 27, 2011 - 14 answers

Pastels in London and Paris Museums

Thinking of visiting London and Paris next year...also been getting into pastels so would like to hit up art museums with a good number of quality pastel paintings by Degas, Renoir, etc. (prefer impressionist style). Which museums provide this abundance? I'm thinking the Musée d'Orsay, maybe the Louvre...anywhere else?
posted by lirael2008 on Dec 15, 2011 - 8 answers

Getting there: London/Paris edition

London to Paris and back: rail or air? [more inside]
posted by troywestfield on Nov 21, 2011 - 19 answers

Video art exhibit featuring American auctioneers?

In 2000-2001, there was a video art exhibit at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. It featured neatly dressed American auctioneers talking in that high-speed almost unintelligible way, quickly reciting the bids to an audience that wasn't there, in front of a variety of landscapes. One was a stocky woman in a business skirt two-piece set walking slowly at dusk with a dark building in the back. Can you find the artist's work? Or point me to the artist?
posted by Mo Nickels on Oct 9, 2011 - 3 answers

Taking the train from CDG to Brussels Midi

How complicated is it to get from CDG airport to Brussels by train? [more inside]
posted by hariya on Sep 19, 2011 - 13 answers

friendly bistro in Paris

Help me and my group find a friendly diner in Paris? [more inside]
posted by welovelife on Sep 12, 2011 - 6 answers

Ooh la la, aidez moi!

Paris Filter: I have 2 nuts-and-bolts questions about an upcoming trip to Paris. Bonus level of difficulty: Need to get from the 6th to CDG on New Year's Day. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Sep 9, 2011 - 14 answers

Ooh la la!

Help me think up some fun ways of getting my 8-year-old excited for a trip to Paris! [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Sep 1, 2011 - 21 answers

Dining for One in Paris

I want an awesome dinner in Paris. Alone. Where do I go? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Aug 30, 2011 - 12 answers

Calling all architects!

In what architectural style was the Grand Palais in Paris designed/built? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke on Aug 18, 2011 - 4 answers

What kind of tree does this seed come from?

Please help me identify these seeds/pods found outside the Cité des Sciences & l'Industrie museum in Paris, France. There are a bunch of trees there and I'd like to know what kind they are. Seed pods closed and opened up. I also found a photo of the trees in bloom here. Thanks!
posted by bjrn on Aug 8, 2011 - 4 answers

Where do I begin researching moving to Europe?

I'm exploring the idea of moving to Europe for a year or two -- preferably to Rome or Paris, and don't know where to start my research. Pretty much all I know right now is that I loved both places when I visited, and I want to give living in one of those cities a try. [more inside]
posted by kim in chicago on Jul 31, 2011 - 24 answers

Aidez-Nous!

Accommodations in Paris screwed at the last minute. What's my best option? [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics on Jun 18, 2011 - 19 answers

Letterhead

Where are some good places in Paris to find interesting paper to write letters on? [more inside]
posted by Groovytimes on May 30, 2011 - 8 answers

Which Paris neighborhoods have the best graffiti?

Which Paris neighborhoods have the best graffiti? [more inside]
posted by flod on May 25, 2011 - 10 answers

Where to host 15 in Paris for a brunch/lunch?

Paris - Looking for a fantastic location to host 15 people for a Sunday brunch/lunch in Paris. Ideally in a terasse/rooftop setting with a fixed menu per person (around 20 euros a head) [more inside]
posted by ruelle on Apr 27, 2011 - 5 answers

Gay Perry.

Where should I stay during Gay Pride in Paris? [more inside]
posted by jph on Apr 21, 2011 - 2 answers

Cooking Lesson for Paris Tourists

We will be in Paris for two weeks in May. My wife and I would like to take a one-day or half-day cooking or baking lesson. Language is a bit of an issue. [more inside]
posted by Kahomono on Apr 11, 2011 - 9 answers

Talking 'bout their generation

Just finished reading Hemingway's Moveable Feast, and want more. Specifically, more about the time and place - Paris in the 20s, the Lost Generation, novelists, artists, poets, patrons and the hangers-on. Suggestions welcome for the best of anything with that flavour: biographies, novels (from then or now), films.
posted by reynir on Mar 3, 2011 - 23 answers

Please help me identify a Parisian restaurant I once visited!

Help me to identify the place I ate in Paris years ago. (More information is below.) [more inside]
posted by laskagirl on Feb 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Name of French Film?

Does anyone know the name of a recent French movie( well maybe 2005) about three gangsters in Paris and a girl who gets involved with them...they ask her to video a heist for them then she becomes one of the gang. They go to Cannes, etc and have a gangsters holiday, then the big robbery they have planned goes wrong at the end (where she dresses as a high class prostitute in a blonde wig) but she ends up in a large apartment by the sea America with a piano full of bank notes
posted by sparkle55 on Feb 5, 2011 - 8 answers

Help make my wife's birthday in Paris awesome?

Help make my wife's 30th birthday in Paris awesome? [more inside]
posted by qnarf on Jan 11, 2011 - 19 answers

Paris hotel recommendation

Hotel recommendations in Paris. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Dec 29, 2010 - 21 answers

We want to have a Bonne Année, but don't know where to go.

Looking for Paris New Years Eve ideas. [more inside]
posted by JennyJupiter on Nov 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Where can I find a vegetarian hotel in Paris?

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 - 25 answers

Where to board the French soul train?

Where can I dance the soulful night away in Paris? [more inside]
posted by sucre on Oct 10, 2010 - 1 answer

What to do with a toddler in Paris?

I'm in Paris (4e arrondissement) with my husband and our clingy 20-month old baby. No car. We're going to a farmer's market tomorrow, and plan to do a walking-around-looking-at-street-art/graffiti tour but need further ideas. Bonus points for minimal crowds, fun run-around room for baby, but with the possibility of really good coffee for mom and dad.
posted by lizifer on Sep 28, 2010 - 4 answers

French Movie Name

French Movie Name. I just can't remember the name of that french movie, it's happens entirely in one night in all over Paris. There was a football (soccer) match, some guys were watching it on a TV in the street, the guy or someone near him broke it and they wanted to kill him and the movie went all insane going all over the place and all over Paris with people getting killed all over the place (for what I can remember).
posted by zouhair on Sep 18, 2010 - 5 answers

Where to shop for vintage porn in Paris?

Where does one shop for "vintage" porn in Paris? [more inside]
posted by LMGM on Sep 11, 2010 - 6 answers

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