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Trip Report Back from 2 weeks in France

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I just spent 2 weeks traveling Normandy, Provence and Paris. I'm gonna answer some of my own questions that I had before the trip.

My passport was stamped during my layover. I was curious about this and heard different things, maybe it changes but mine was stamped when I entered Schengen area.

All my chip credit cards worked just fine. Every place we went to had a handheld machine that would just print out a receipt and have you sign. The only issue was in Provence twice the machine wasn't getting service they said and we had to pay with cash. Not sure about the swipe cards but i think they would work too.

I really recommend having a card to pay for tolls if you are driving. Very easy to just pull up, insert card and be on your way. Also watch out for speed cameras they are everywhere!

Probably the biggest help (if you have a data plan setup for your cell phone) is to set up the directions to where you're going and start it, then turn off your data. This worked as a GPS and didn't use any data. Also if your hotel has wifi you can set it up there and start it then.

The trip was great overall, theres a few things I would change if I could but even still everything was just about perfect.

Two final things. Etretat in Normandy was so beautiful and I didn't see any tourists there. Just seemed to be mostly French on vacation. Valensole in Provence for lavender was worth the trip. Miles and Miles of lavender and on the east side of the town there was virtually nobody else there.

Any questions feel free to ask and I'll do my best to give an answer

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