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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 14, 2016
anybody lonely wanna hang out in paris

i am 26 years old Egyptian tourist in Paris
i am here in Paris for couple of days i wonder if any body wanna hang out in Paris with me
i like adventurous stuff

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 11, 2016
Versailles-Parc des Princes - Paris and back?  (4 Answers)

So the Euro 2016 has started and next week my husband and two others will be on their way to the Parc des Princes stadium.
If we hope there are no more strikes and no more floodings: what is the best way for them to get from their hotel in Versailles (Rue Richaud) to the stadium, then into Paris for a meal and back to the hotel?

From I found out they can leave the car at the hotel, take the RER C to Alma Marceau and transfer to the Metro No.9 to get to the stadium. After the match they can take the No 9 into Paris, later back to Alma Marceau and then the RER C back to Versailles.

Have I got this right? What would be the best ticket? How late do the trains ( both metro and RER) run?

And what would be the best way if the strikes continue? Take the car to the stadium and forget having a meal in Paris?
Or take a taxi?

I had asked this before and got some good information, but stupidly waited too long to print it out and now it's gone. Even more stupid, I had saved it in the trip planner and deleted everything when the changes in the trip planner were announced.
So I hope someone here can help us again.
Thank you in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 19, 2013
Republique  (2 Answers)

Is an apartment at Place de la Republique a safe spot for my mom (78) and I (53)? Is it a reasonable area to walk around to local cafes, have a drink in the evening, etc? Is it a safe metro spot now? Or how about near Forum les Halles?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 31, 2013
Apartment Rentals Paris  (6 Answers)

We (family of 5) are looking at staying in Paris over New Year for 5 - 7 days and wondered what apartment rental sites people would recommend as trustworthy and reputable. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 01, 2013
Need advice on the transportation from Val d'Europe to Paris-Est.  (1 Answer)

We (me, husband & son 11yo) already bought the Eurail France-Germany pass and also already make a reservation seat from Paris-Est to Stuttgart-Hbf on 29-Sep-2013 (Sunday) @ dep 07:18am. FYI, this is our first time using this Pass and not really familiar travel in Europe. Checking from online train information, there is no direct train from Val d'Europe to Paris-Est and time taken about 1hour to reach there..!
My question,
1. What time should we move from hotel (we stay at Val d'Europe) to ensure arrive at Paris-Est train station?
2. Should we take a taxi from hotel or using train to arrive Paris-Est? What is the estimation time if travel using taxi compare to train (from hotel to Paris-Est station)? Any idea how much the taxi charges during that time?
3. What time should we arrive to Paris-Est before check-in to the train to Stuttgart?

Your advice is really appreciated. TQ

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 16, 2012
Billet Origine-Destination - book of 10  (2 Answers)

My french is not so good, can anyone translate the below? I think it means if I purchase a book of 10 tickets from CDG to Paris, then I could also use the tickets from Paris to Marne La Vallée station. Does this sound right?

"Si le point de départ ou d'arrivée de votre trajet est Paris, le billet Origine-Destination vous permet de commencer ou de terminer votre déplacement à n'importe quel arrêt de RER ou de métro intra-muros. Le billet Origine-Destination est valable dans un sens ou dans un autre, par exemple : Paris-Melun ou Melun-Paris. - Le Ticket « t+ » est valable pour un trajet continu sur le réseau des transports publics de Paris intra-muros : RER, métro, tramways et bus ."

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 24, 2011
Your favorite art and architecture in Southwest France  (24 Answers)

My husband and I will be visiting South West France in late November to see art and architecture. We are flying in and out of Toulouse and we will gladly travel through the nearby regions on public transportation (no, we don't drive so we can't rent a car). We have a special love for Romanesque art and architecture, tapestries, frescoes, and classical music and opera, and many other forms of art. I'd love your suggestions of what to see and how to get there on a train or a bus. Our first stop will be Moissac to see the Abbey, and then ?????

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 17, 2011
Cell Phone  (4 Answers)


I am traveling multiple countries and would like to know and understand what kind of cell phone sim card I can buy (maybe a pre-paid card) that can work across multiple countries - France, Swiss and Italy.

I have an unlocked cell phone that I can use.. I just need a sim card.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 17, 2011
Rent car versus Driver and Car  (10 Answers)

Just a general inquiry (and delete if not appropriate).

Friends recently returned from Europe (Italy) and thrilled to have (with another couple) hired a driver for several days. Hotel pick-up and drop off with full days of local perspective sight-seeing.
I thought they said cost was about100 or 100 Euros per couple. Either way, cost seems very reasonable. Does that price seem crazy?

PS: They made their own arrangements - don't know whether driver was properly licensed / insured or otherwise "legal". He did use a nicely maintained Mercedes.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 01, 2010
Georges Restaurant at the Pompidou  (3 Answers)

My husband and I were thinking of having lunch at Georges Restaurant at the Pompidou Museum next week. Are reservations needed for lunch or can we walk in? If they are needed, how far in advance do they need to be made? Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 18, 2010
Listening to Tour de France on Radio  (4 Answers)

Do any radio stations in Paris broadcast the Tour de France (live, en direct next Sunday)?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 18, 2010
how to get to barbizon

please does anyone know how to get to baribzon with out a car
coming from paris i guess on train to melun or fountainbleu but then what..
is taxi very expensive... could a bike hire seem reasonable thank you for your help

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 07, 2009
november weather in paris  (3 Answers)

I had planned a 3 week trip to Paris and France starting in late September. But due to my wife's health issues we had to cancel that trip. Now we are thinking of a shorter version of the trip in mid November. I know Paris temperatures may be around 44/58(Low/High)I am wondering about the weather in Mont St. Michele, Tours, Lyon and Avignon.
Any useful information will be appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 09, 2009
public transport between outskirts and center Paris  (1 Answer)

Does anybody know where to find information on public transport with busses?
I'm planning a autumn-stay on a camping in Annet-sur-Marne. We would like to go by bus/public transport to a metro station or Paris center. I know there is no railway-station in this village, but are there busses?
Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 30, 2009
museum pass or paris pass  (3 Answers)

I've been reading different sites and travel books. Some mention purchasing a museum pass while others talk about a paris pass. Are they the same thing?
If not, is one better than the other?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 28, 2009
Help a novelist out:: Redux  (1 Answer)

Thanks in large part to the excellent guidance I got here (pedmar!), I'm actually going to make this mad excursion into Samois in search of George's crypt. My trip is approaching rapidly and I'm getting really excited. I have a few holes to fill in though:
I take bus 214 company Cars Losay, direction pl de la republique, and stop at Les Sources in Samois. From there, which way is the cemetery? Will I be able to see it? I can't find in on google earth.
After the graveyard, I'm headed into Paris, staying in the 16th Arrondisement to see several of the addresses in the vicinity where Maud lived. Can anyone recommend a good place for dinner? It will be my one proper meal in France. I'd hate to blow it.
Thanks so much!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 26, 2009
late-night transport from Versailles to Paris, 7th Arr  (2 Answers)

Hello! My husband and I would like to take our parents to see the night time spectacular, Group F pyrotechnic show at Versailles on the 29th of August but I am very concerned securing transportation back to Paris so late in the evening. The show is over I believe at around 11:30. We will be more than willing to leave the show early to high-tail it back to train station to ensure we get on one of the trains before they stop running. Or is there taxi service that late at night all the way to Paris? What about a limo service? Will they just pick us up at Versailles for transport back to Paris only? Is there some tour package that will handle the transport issues? My mom is not in the greatest health and Dad has difficulty staying up past 10:00, but they want to go!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 06, 2009
Samois and the 16 arrondissement: places to stay, other questions

With many thanks to leics and Pedmar himself for the supplemental info, I’ve booked a flight for Paris to go see my cemetery! Of course answering that question has led to a host of others. I arrive at CDG at 7:20 on a Sunday night. Everything I’ve seen indicates I should be able to get as far as the Fontainebleau-Avon train station that night. If I’m planning to catch bus 214 company Cars Losay, first thing the next morning to Samois,..

Question 1….does anyone have a hotel recommendation for the overnight in Fontainebleau?

After my graveyard visit, I’m planning to reverse my tracks, but my flight out is the next day, leaving me with at least an afternoon and evening to get a little supplementary research (and hopefully a good meal) in. Maud lived in Paris off and on for over twenty years, at at least 6 different addresses, all but one of which are in the 16th arrondissement, the exception being in the 17th. I have her street addresses, but visiting the actual sites is less important to me than being able to see a representative interior. So..

Question 2. …does anyone know of any well-preserved, open-to-the-public, fin de siècle buildings in the 16th arrondissement? I don’t mind if they’re no longer flats, but have been converted into shops, offices, etc. I’d even be happy for just a mostly unchanged block to walk, I just want to get a feel for what living in that part of Paris between 1889 - 1918 would have looked and felt like.

Question 3: Finally, any advice for where to spend the second night, where to eat, or even what an out-of-country, research-weary literary nerd might do with her evening off? My flight out is after lunch the next day, so I don’t feel like airport proximity is a huge issue.

Thanks so much everyone!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 16, 2009
Help a novelist out?  (10 Answers)

Hi! I'm planning a two week research trip primarily to Ireland this fall, but I have one stop I need to make at the cemetery in Samois-sur-Seine. Can anyone recommend a quick and easy way to get all the way there from Dublin or London? Will I need to rent a car? Even better, is anyone here familiar enough with Samois to be able to answer a few (fairly strange) questions? I'd hate to travel all the way out there just to find the crypt I'm trying to get a peek into is no longer standing.
Not as creepy as I may sound-

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 25, 2009
PARIS July 13 to 18 ,2009  (3 Answers)

We will be in Paris from July 13 to 18 ,2009. Hotel is just north of the Louvre. Recommended by a relative and we have a good price.We are very happy. Looking for places to eat in this area. (ie. north of the Louvre and Jardin des Tuileries), or there about.

Bistros , and boulangieres, etc.

That us to say . I want to walk out on the street at 8:00am and buy a hot baquette.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 21, 2009
"Cheap" restaurants near Disneyland.....


Anyone that knows if there is any affordable restaurant(s) near disneyland? we will have Paris visite, so some RER-stations away is not a problem.
Also if there is any supermarket nearby for softdrinks, fruit etc.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 22, 2008
Inexpensive places to eat  (1 Answer)


Me and my friends will be at Paris between 8-18 Aug. and I have been wondering whether there are some decent inexpensive places to have something to eat, 15-20 euros per persons would be great, but up to the 30 euro range for a nice place to eat would also be OK. Some traditional french cuisine within that range would also be great.

Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 02, 2008
New Years Eve week.....  (1 Answer)

We're arriving Paris (via Eurostar)Tuesday 12/30 for 4 nights. We'll be staying in French Quarter.
Other than wanting to witness Fireworks at/near the Eiful Tower New Years Eve, we're a total "blank slate". This is only our second visit to Paris, so, other than the hop-on/hop-off bus, we really haven't seen much.
Of course, we'll research all the tips and pitfalls but, if anyone can suggest activities or sights that would be especially unique that time of year - much appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 18, 2008

Hello Paris VTers! My mom and I will be in Paris at the end of May, and I would love to meet up with fellow travel junkies for dinner. The night that works best for us is Tuesday, May 27th, anytime after 7 PM. We'll be coming from the Montmartre area. Any suggestions on where to meet? Not wanting to spend more than30 each on the meal--budget, budget, budget!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 07, 2008
Train or Plane London/Paris  (9 Answers)

Just in the pre-planning stages of a US to London and Paris later this year.
Seems there are a lot of packages available that include air travel between London and Paris. Are there packages available that utilize rail service?
Logic tells me rail SHOULD cost less and, without the aggarvation of the "airport experience", SHOULD be more convenient.
TIA for comments?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 30, 2008
Best Bar scene for couple ages 40 something.

Can anyone suggest where to go bar-hopping for us in Paris? We just turned 40 and don't want to hang out with twenty-something crowd.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 13, 2008
Paris - Studio Apartments near Effiel Tower

Hi there,

Me and my other two friends will be flying in Paris from Hmaburg on 16-Jun and planning to stay in an apartment near effiel Tower, can anyone assist us and provide some info? Or some apartment located near e7 or e6

Many Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 22, 2008
accomodation close to cdg airport Paris  (3 Answers)

I must stay one night in Paris, arriving late the 1 of April and leaving the 2 to Sweden. Is tHere any one that know something about accomodation close to the airport or is there any VT member with a sofa to sleep on for a couple of hours, I would be most greatful!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 02, 2008
rooms  (4 Answers)

I have been watching, with interest, references to rooms in hotels in Paris. My wife and I will be traveling to Paris in April. We are staying in the 16e at the hotel Villa Des Ambassadeurs on Rue des Bouquet. Anyone stay there before?

The rooms on their web page look normal bedroom size, our curent one at home is 10'x10'. What does "small"ean in Paris.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 30, 2007
Cooking classes in Paris  (3 Answers)

when I travel, I am a fan of taking cooking classes! I have been to the Art of Hospitality in London _ and have enjoyed it- , and am heading to Paris in one week. Any special recommendations? Classes should be in English - or Spanish - as I do not speak French.
Thankyou all

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