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.

What’s Open and Closed in Paris for Various Holidays

This list is handy-dandy!

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 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.

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.

An Official Resource for People Moving to France

Free digital classes for folks who want to prepare their move to France from the French Government. There are language resources, information about working in France, how to deal with the administration, etc.


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