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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 11, 2017
Summer holiday  (1 Answer)

Sorry to hear this site is shutting down.

I had an incredible summer honeymoon in Switzerland thanks entirely to commenters on this forum. I'm really grateful.

This question is very broad but I thought I might get lucky again!

Hoping for a may/June family holiday this year.
Traveling with a three year old and a one year old.
Beach, hotel, pools, nature, good food, a nice little town nearby.
We really want it to be child friendly with food and drink readily available but not too big a complex.
Also considering Italy and Greece, I'll post over there too.

Many thanks if you have any thoughts!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 21, 2016
3 wk family itinerary-please help!  (7 Answers)


Planning a three week trip next summer in France with my family (2 adults, 4 kids).
Thoughts are as follows:
- 4 days Paris (stay in an apartment), 3 days euro Disney (Disney hotel)
- 1 week in mt chamonix (stay in hotel)
- 1 week between Provence and nice (not sure how to split this. Stay in Campsites??)

Any any any advice would be highly appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 06, 2016
Small towns in France  (12 Answers)

I would like to explore provincial France, small towns and villages. I have about 3 weeks in May for this project. Has anybody done similar trip?. Any suggestions would be more than welcome.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 17, 2016
Should we road trip from Cannes to Monaco on a Cruise stop?  (9 Answers)

Coming into Cannes on a cruise stop and would like to know if we will have enough time to drive to Monaco and back. We arrive at 8 am and must be back at the ship by 5pm. Of course we would like to enjoy the scenery along the way. Should we? I should add that my Mom is in a wheelchair and we thought that this might give her the best option over a group tour. Your thoughts?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 09, 2016
converter or adapter  (10 Answers)

When I travel from US to France what type of adapter and/or converter to I need for my cell phone and ipad

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 27, 2016
Is anyone familiar with Angers, France?  (6 Answers)

We'll be in Angers in the spring of next year. I'd love to find VTers who live in the area so we could meet up. Meantime I would have questions about the area, trains, gites, etc.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 07, 2016
ZOO DE LA BARBEN  (2 Answers)

How does one get from Marseille to Zoo de la Barben please ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 06, 2016
best transportation from CDG to Gar de Lyon  (3 Answers)

What is the quickest transportation from CDG to Gar de Lyon?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 22, 2016
extension of visiter visa in france  (3 Answers)

hello again,

to your knowledge, is it possible to extend your visiter visa from 90 days to 180 days while you are in France?

thank you for your time

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 20, 2016
90 days of the Schengen visa  (10 Answers)

i am currently staying in Paris and in one and a half months my 90 days Schengen visa will be expired. i was reading that if i'll leave France to the UK for 3 months, i will be able to go back afterwards into Schengen area with no legal problems.

a. is that true at all ?

b. i guess that in order to prove that i was out of Schengen (meaning in the UK) during those 3 months i will need to show the stamps on my passport from the UK. it means that i have to take a flight (and not a train) from France to the UK. is that correct ?

thank you for your time

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 17, 2016
buying a cell phone  (5 Answers)

My wife and I will be in France for 4 weeks and would like to buy an inexpensive cell phone , no data necessary as we have an IPAD. Is it relatively easy to buy a phone and sim card "on the spot" ?


Jm and Corie

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 17, 2016
RER to CDG or Shuttle service  (2 Answers)

Have been to Paris previously. This trip my hotel is near Odeon metro stop & St. Germaine. I took RER to CDG last time and had no delay and service was good. Is it easy to get to RER from this location? Hotel is Grand deBalcons. Or, is a shuttle service better choice, and not too expensive. If I can get picked up at hotel would consider shuttle. Need to get there for A/F flight to Copenhagen leaving 1:40pm on a Saturday. Think I got RER last time from GareduNord so RER might be fastest service. Thank you to all for assistance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 09, 2016
South of France stay  (17 Answers)

We are a mature couple from South Africa and are visiting friends in l'isle sur la Sorgue in the South of France this month.

We have 4 to 5 days free before visiting them and would like to stay in one place only - Preferably a small town in the South of France. We want to be within walking distance of everything. We are not going to hire a car. Maybe we will take a train here and there. We just would like a nice place with lots of restaurants and bars and sitting and watching people.

Also, we are not thinking of Nice and Monaco this time.

I have searched the internet extensively but do respect Virtual Tourist's recommendations very much.

When you make a recommendation, please also let me me know which would be the best place to travel to by train from Paris.

Thanks in advance


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 04, 2016
Pont L'Eveque "Things to do/see" Suggestions  (1 Answer)

Does anyone have suggestions for Pont L'Eveque? We will be a group of 7 traveling by van in late July. Cultural, historic, gastronomic; wine, cheese....


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 26, 2016
Baby Store in Vasion-la-Romaine  (2 Answers)

Does anyone know the name of the baby store in Vaison-la-Romain that carries the beautifully soft, pastel-colored stuffed dolls and toys? It is on the right-hand side of the street as you walk up toward the old city and away from the market. We bought a doll there for our granddaughter and it was lost in the mail.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 23, 2016
NAVIGO card query - which plan + start-end dates/activation - etc  (5 Answers)

Hello I have this schedule below starting tomorrow: and am wondering if I should get a navigo card for one week ? or two ? weeks = for 2-4 metro/bus trips a day here, plus when I am going to or from CDG = three times soon, instead of using my CARNET single tickets + 10 euro each way CDG tickets that I've been doing. But ... I am unsure how /when a navigo card activates /start dates, etc, best value plan etc. I am staying near St Paul metro, 75004.

The dates/days I have remaining in Paris are:

(DAY 1) Fri 24 June (tomorrow) Paris + (DAY 2) Sat 25 June Paris + (DAY 3) Sun 26 June Paris am + (DAY 4) Mon 27 June Paris pm

+ (DAY 5) Tues 28 June St Paul metro to CDG airport (to UK)  + (DAY 6 = in UK) 29 June  + (DAY 7 in = UK) 30 June  + (DAY  8 in = UK) 1 July +

(DAY 9 Paris) 2 July CDG to St Paul / Paris (from UK) + (DAY  10 Paris) 3 July +  (DAY  11 Paris) 4 July  + (DAY  12 Paris) 5 July metro from St Paul metro am to CGD (=  final trip leave France ) 

= 9 days left  in Paris  (  3  days in the middle  will be   in the UK  =   adding up to 12 days left   overall = with  3 out of France ) Plus   3 one way trips to or from CDG airport  to factor into determining the best ticketing  method.

Sorry I know this is confusing - but any advice on whether a navigo is worth it / and which option - would be very  helpful. I've tried to understand it - but the start days/dates and week/month options  are confusing me!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 14, 2016
One Week to tour South of France  (4 Answers)

My hubby and I fly into Bordeaux on Tuesday 12th July, spend one day and night there and then travel by car (hiring car from there for balance of trip) to Aquitane to attend a wedding and visit friends in and around that area (so will see Issegeac; Monpazier; Monplaisant near Belves and Agnac and Eymet).

On Sunday 17th July we depart from that region and want to travel to the following places and need some tips as to whether we trying to cover too much or whether it will be possible. THanks in advance for any help, it will be much appreciated and helpful.

From Aquitaine area to Loire Valley (Saumur or Chinon) / Burgundy / Lyon / Avignon / Verdon Gorge / Provence (Aix-en-Provence) then back to Bordeaux on Friday afternoon (22nd July) for one night as flying out to Amsterdam early the following morning.

We've never seen this area, been to France twice but both times to Paris. THanks, Michele

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 28, 2016  (4 Answers)

Hello folks
Any experience, feedback about
Recommended trails?
Thanks in advance,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 20, 2016
Southern Regional and National Parks  (5 Answers)

It is me again, with yet another question about the South of France. My wife, 2.5-year old, and I are driving through in mid-July, and our time is unfortunately limited. However, we love to hike and explore the outdoors. There seem to be a bevy of choices in the region, Luberon, Carmague, Alpilles, and more. Do any of you have a favorite hike in the region? Any choice areas to explore? Many, many thanks in advance for your help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 18, 2016
Town in Southern France, what gets your vote?  (9 Answers)

My wife and 2.5 year old and I are driving through the south of France this summer (from Milan to Barcelona), and we're stuck on which town we want to spend a couple days in. We've flipped through pages on Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Nimes, Avignon, and a couple others. They all look awesome, hence how we're stuck. We are looking to spend 2-3 days in one main location, though of course since we have a car we can take side trips to other sites/cities/areas. Which one from the list above really stands out for you? Are we missing a gem of a place to explore? We wish we had more time, but so it goes when work beckons.

Your advice is much appreciated, thank you in advance!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 11, 2016
Walking from Le Puy to Conques  (1 Answer)

My wife and I are planning to walk this section of the Way of St James in late Sept. Any suggestions of wether we should book accommodation as we arrive At Each village or before we depart? If we should book ahead any suggestions on web sites to use. All tips or suggestions for walking this section much appreciated.
Corie and Jim

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 10, 2016
Travelling through France  (3 Answers)

We are travelling through Dijon, Troyes & Arras in two weeks. What should we see and do? We have two dogs so museums, wineries etc are not possible but we love scenery, walking and pretty little villages.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 04, 2016
paris bus 9518 from roissypole cdg airport  (1 Answer)

hi I read this bus doesont work on july 1 &2,2016?
is it true ?
any other bus?
thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 01, 2016
Bus transport.  (8 Answers)

Is there a bus service between St Malo and Hon Fleur? Thanks, John.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 28, 2016
Driving from Lyon to South of France and Provence  (3 Answers)

Last week in May my wife and I are arriving in Lyon to commence a 6 week driving holiday in France & Spain.

From Lyon we're heading to Provence where we're going to stay probably in Saint Remy for 7 nights to use as a base for exploring around the region. We're not locked into Saint Remy, but a friend recommended it from a trip a couple of years ago.

We've allocated 4 overnight stops for the trip from Lyon to Saint Remy and would like to spend some time sightseeing snow covered mountains, visit the French Rivera (not particularly to spend time on the beaches) as well as enjoy some scenic driving. We're not bothered about making our holiday a high speed dash between centres of interest, but will do so where it makes sense.

Some routes we're thinking about are:-

1 - Lyon > Annecy > Chamonix > Aosta > Italian Autostrada >French Rivera > Saint Remy

2 - Lyon > Chamonix > Albertville > Mont-Dauphin > Barcelonnette > French Rivera > Saint Remy

3 - Lyon > Annecy > follow the Route Napoleon > French Rivera > Saint Remy.

I'm just wondering which will be the best route to get the best out of this trip, what will the driving conditions be like - will some of the roads / routes last week in May be OK and not require snow tyres, condition of the roads and ascent / descent with hairpin bends.

We are leasing a Peugot car with GPS and will have access to offline Andriod maps as well.

There's just two of us travelling in our early 60's.

Really appreciate any advice.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 26, 2016
France driving trip late May/early June  (11 Answers)

I'm probably being a little over ambitious and can prioritize so that we see the must sees, traveling with Mr. Dabs, 20 year old nephew, and a brother in law. With the exception of Bruges, the hotels can be changed. While my BIL would be happy having all WWI and WWII stops, my nephew and I are trying to limit it to 2-3 days of the trip.

Wed-Sat morning Paris, have been to Paris many times, this stop is for my nephew, have that pretty much planned

Saturday, driving to Bruges, may stop at Palais de Compeigne or we may stop in Ostend to see the Atlantic Wall museum, overnight in Bruges

Sunday spend in Bruges, have been there before so 1 day will be enough, this is for my nephew (and for me to eat waffles and chocolate), Mr. Dabs and BIL may go to the Atlantic Wall Museum if we don't do on Saturday, overnight in Bruges. Have been to Gent 2 or 3 times, don't think it's a priority for my nephew to see

Monday-Ypres to see the In Flanders Field Museum, would like for nephew to see some of the trenches and outdoor sights, Mr. Dabs is a little overwhelmed with which places to stop and has been looking at this. Good example of trenches in the Ypres area? We've been to the Yorkshire trench

Overnight right now is Abbeville just because it's along the way but I'm wondering if I might want to change to Dunkirk or Boulange sur Mer. Any thoughts on that? Originally we were going to stay in Amiens but Mr. Dabs and I have been there and wanted to try a different route. Are Dunkirk or Boulange sur Mer worth a visit?

Tuesday, drive towards St. Malo, it's a long drive, 4-5 hours depending on where we stay, may stop in Honfleur, we could stop in Caen to see the Peace Museum, overnight in St. Malo. If we cut the driving a bit, we could stay closer to Caen but I'm not wild about packing and unpacking every night with 4 people

Wednesday St. Malo and/or Dinan, overnight in St. Malo, is a 1/2 day sufficient for St. Malo? 1/2 day for Dinan? We looked into taking a ferry to Guernsey at some point but that was unrealistic given our time frame. Anything else in that area that I've missed that you'd consider a must see?

Thursday Mont St. Michel (nephew's pick), need to be in Picauville by evening

Friday Normandy tour with a guide, overnight Picauville

Saturday drive back to CDG to drop off car, may stop in Rouen or may just head straight back. Hotel near CDG? Flight is at 11am on Sunday, not sure if I want to hassle with going back into central Paris for one night. Are there any hotels with easy access to CDG?

Any thoughts on the itinerary would be appreciated!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 26, 2016
Cruises along the French to Dutch coast  (6 Answers)

I'm looking for cruises of small ships/boats for about a week - 10 days from France (Bordeaux or farther north). Either one direction to Belgium/Netherlands or back to starting port.
I didn't find anything at all, so maybe the word "ship" or "boat" was wrong. There wasn't even any luxury cruise, which isn't for us anyway.

We did such cruises in Croatia and Greece (about 20 - 30 people). Maybe the Atlantic coast is rougher and it has to be a larger ship, but we want to get off to visit the ports on the way on foot.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 23, 2016
American Airlines CDG Luggage ambiguity  (6 Answers)

I think luggage rules have changed a couple times since we last traveled to Europe.
For convenience. we've always "carry on'd" a Carry on bag and a "personal Item" and checked no luggage in the hold.. It now appears our "personal item" is too big.
Question: May we carry on one so-called carry on bag in the cabin and one "conventional" bag in the hold without additional charge. We hold no special frequent flyer status.
We understand bags (carry on or conventional) need to be under a certain dimension or weight.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 20, 2016
Sending money to France from UK  (7 Answers)

I would like to know the most efficient way to send a deposit of 100 euros from the UK to a French gite owner

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 16, 2016
suggest a detailed itenary  (5 Answers)


I am visiting France on 3rd may to 18th with my wife and son. My daughter is pursuing her post graduation in tours and she will also be joining us.

We dont want to waste money at the same wouldn't mind spending if it is a must

Our area of interest would be visiting the best places like beaches, eating, shopping, visiting small villages, hiking, wine tours, biking (cycling), wildlife &photography . we wouldn't be much interested in museum & castles


Paris -3,4,& 5

Tours -6,& 7th


Nice -12,13,14&15th

Strasbourg -16,17,&18

Would love to relax rather than rush, would love to avoid traffic and a peaceful holiday.

Plz suggest


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