Essential Links to Prepare a Trip to France
This is a list of Annie’s go-to sites about France curated from all episodes. When are school vacations in France? When are the smallest line at a specific museum? How about a pharmacy open on a Sunday? How do you find a laundromat in Paris? How to get last-minute tickets at the Paris Opera? These useful France links will help you find the information you want faster.
Where to book train tickets in advance?
FYI, this is not an affiliate link, just a really good portal to book train tickets in France. SNCF in English.
How do you find a pharmacy that is open on a Sunday in France?
This is certainly Annie’s most-used go-to site about France because we always seem to need something from the pharmacy on a Sunday! Check out this site. It’s easy to find a pharmacy during business hours in France, we have so many! What about at night or on the weekend? Here is how you find a “pharmacie de garde” or “pharmacie de nuit”.
Are you looking for kid-friendly activities in France?
Check out Familiscope.fr. The site is in French, but will let you select the area you’re interested in, the age of the children, the type of activity, and the ratings are helpful too.
What do I need to know about driving in France?
Check out the France Driving Forecast. When French kids are on school vacation, you may run into hours of traffic jams just because you didn’t leave at the most auspicious time. Esteemed visitor, heed this advice or stew in your car! And, of course, check out these two episodes: The Rules of Driving in France, Episode 16 and Tips for Driving in France, Episode 138
When are school vacations in France?
We often mention on various episodes that things are going to be closed or open during French school vacations. We also stress that some places are more crowded during French school vacations. Here’s where you find out when school vacations are: French School Vacation Calendar
Quick trip to London while staying in Paris?
You can get on the Eurostar for a quick trip between Paris and London, and it can be really inexpensive with Eurostar Snap. Go get your heavily discounted tickets!
How do you find a laundromat in Paris or anywhere else in France?
This site lists most laundromats in Paris and the search can be extended to the rest of France too, by region and large cities.
How Long Are the Lines at Museums?
This website tracks wait times and best times to visit, not just in general, but also by museum. It’s all in French, but it’s easy to figure out what they’re trying to say!
How to Get Last Minute Tickets at the Paris Opera
Buy or sell opera and ballet tickets for shows that are sold out at the regular box office. They offer tickets from both the Opéra Garnier and the Opéra Bastille in Paris.
Don’t Wait In Line to Go Up Notre Dame Towers
The official Notre Dame Site explains how in English. You can use an App (the App will activate once you are within a few kilometers of Notre Dame) or via SMS or by printing a paper ticket on site.