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June 10

Restaurant recommendation in Paris

Difficulty: teenager. I'm visiting my family in France for the first time in a while, and we're going to Paris. Does anyone have recommendations for not-terribly-expensive restaurants a 13 year-old girl will be okay with? When I'm in Paris I rarely visit the same places twice other than L'As du Fallafel in le Marais, which obviously I'll recommend to them. We'll be close to Le Centre Pompidou.
posted by toerinishuman around Paris, France at 10:30 AM - 13 answers

June 4

TGV train seating during the strike

Hi everyone. My wife and I are traveling from Paris to Lyon on the TGV Monday. Our train has apparently been cancelled, but I've been told by SNCF that I can board any TGV that's running that day, with the caveat that there's no guaranteed seating. When I board, are the reserved seats clearly marked, so that I'll know where the free seats are? I've only ever taken the TGV during regular conditions, so this is all very new to me. Thanks all.
posted by reformedjerk around Paris, France at 2:04 PM - 6 answers has best

May 27

Help someone be a (phone) genius in France

My wife (C) is going to Paris soon. She'd like to use her current US iPhone there for voice & data, but is a bit technophobic about SIM-buying & -swapping. I'd like to get her a step-by-step how-to. [more inside]
posted by NumberSix around Paris, France at 10:57 PM - 5 answers

May 21

Help make our trip to Europe amazing, Paris edition

Our family will be spending a few days in Paris in June. We're traveling with kids, so our plan is for a mostly low-key trip filled with lazily exploring the city, relaxing in parks, and eating pastries. But we're also looking for other unique or special experiences we could do as a family that would really make our trip special. [more inside]
posted by quantum around Paris, France at 6:42 PM - 11 answers

May 10

I go to Paris in week - help me not look like an idiot!

Every time I'm about to visit a new country I get fairly anxious about being a jerk. Aside from your usual "don't-be-inconsiderate-in-a-large-city" advice (I live in NY and am aware of typical "don't just stand in the middle of a busy sidewalk" rules, etc ), are there certain French-specific customs I should be aware of so I can at least pretend I'm a cool and wordly tourist instead of a bumbling jackass tourist? [more inside]
posted by windbox around Paris, France at 7:51 AM - 41 answers has best

May 8

Advice regarding Marnay-sur-Seine, France and the surrounding region?

I will be attending an artist residency in Marnay-sur-Seine, France from late May through the end of June. I'd love any advice on the town, nearby places I should visit, things I should be aware of, etc. Some of my high priority travel interests include botanic gardens, zoos, aquariums, other plant and animal-related destinations, art, thrift shops, and vegetarian restaurants. [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla around Marnay-Sur-Seine, France at 9:28 AM - 2 answers

April 26

Cycling in Bordeaux

What is the cycling like inside the town of Bordeaux? I know the region is bike-friendly, but if I rent a flat in town, can I easily cycle around the city and reach the outlying areas? Is there a bike path along the Garonne? Any suggestions on bike rentals or biking destinations would be appreciated as well.
posted by sixpack around Bordeaux, France at 6:57 AM - 1 answer

April 23

Help make our trip to Europe amazing, Carcassonne edition

Our family will be spending a few days in Carcassonne, France in June. We're traveling with kids, so our plan is for a mostly low-key trip filled with lazily exploring the city. But we're also looking for other unique or special experiences we could do as a family that would really make our trip special. [more inside]
posted by quantum around Carcassonne, France at 8:02 AM - 9 answers

April 16

Help make our trip to Europe amazing, Dordogne France edition

Our family will be spending a few days in Beynac France (Dordogne region) in June. We're traveling with kids, so our plan is for a mostly low-key trip filled with canoeing and lazily exploring the towns of Beynac, Castlenaud and Sarlat. But we're also looking for other unique or special experiences we could do as a family that would really make our trip special. [more inside]
posted by quantum around France at 7:32 AM - 7 answers has best

March 23

Help me plan my Paris vacation

I am going to Paris for six days in early May (super-excited - I was just fondling my passport this morning) and am looking for suggestions for interesting things to see and do. [more inside]
posted by codex99 around Paris, France at 6:47 PM - 28 answers has best

March 6

Adorable stores in France?

Are there any French stores that are similar to the Dutch store Dille & Kamille, or the Danish store Sostrene & Grene? I will also gladly accept any other recommendations for adorable stores in France! [more inside]
posted by just_ducky around France at 9:10 AM - 5 answers has best

January 7

Paris thrift stores

Where are the best second hand stores and thrift shops in Paris and its environs?
posted by josher71 around Paris, France at 10:14 AM - 2 answers

December 3, 2015

Hotel Recommendation between Montparnasse and CDG

I'm traveling through Paris on Saturday and need some hotel recommendations. [more inside]
posted by theRussian around Paris, France at 8:09 AM - 6 answers has best

November 16, 2015

I'd prefer not to let the terrorists win.

Should we go to Paris this Sunday? [more inside]
posted by cmoj around Paris, France at 1:49 PM - 9 answers has best

October 9, 2015

Things to do with long Paris layover besides explore Paris?

I'm arriving at CDG from Seattle around 8 am tomorrow morning and have a subsequent flight out of Orly around 5 pm. I've never been to Paris before. Ordinarily, I'd head into the city with this long of a layover, but I'll be back in Paris later next week and for sappy romantic reasons would like that to be my first time actually in the city. Where should I go for my long layover? Possibly relevant: American, non-francophone, willing to shell out for cabs, and into books/art/music/food/just about everything.
posted by bassooner around Paris, France at 8:36 AM - 11 answers

September 28, 2015

Bonne Année!

I am rewarding myself with my first-ever trip to Paris, the last week of December - which means I'll be there for New Year's Eve. What's the best way for me (and the conditions below the fold) to ring in the New Year? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos around Paris, France at 2:30 PM - 4 answers

Will we be able to do stuff and eat? Rural France, Christmas/NY edition.

We're contemplating a short family trip to Brittany between Christmas and New Year, but have no cultural context for how shut down rural and small-town France is likely to be at that time of year. [more inside]
posted by terretu around France at 12:09 PM - 1 answer

Good grub in 11th District, Paris

I'll be in the 11th in Paris in a week. I hear there's top shelf yums to be had there. Who's had them? Where should I has them? Bonus for good bars (not too swanky, not crowded, not loud, not smoky).
posted by Joseph Gurl around Paris, France at 3:46 AM - 8 answers has best

September 2, 2015

Things to do in Vannes, France this fall

What should I do/see during my two month stay in Vannes, France (Brittany)? [more inside]
posted by theRussian around Vannes, France at 9:33 AM - 6 answers has best

August 19, 2015

Paris... best way to get from the airport to the hotel and back again?

I have never traveled outside the U.S. and am terrified about this specific part of the trip. I anticipate being at least a little jet lagged when I arrive, so I want to make sure I have a plan in place. Advice?
posted by LilithSilver around Paris, France at 12:18 PM - 33 answers has best