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Tell me everything you know about Pau, France

Tell me everything you know about Pau, France

Dec 14th, 2009, 06:56 AM
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Tell me everything you know about Pau, France

Our granddaughter leaves Jan 2 for a semester of college in Pau. Her mother asked me to ask you all what the cost of living is there. She would like to know how much things like hair spray, shampoo, conditioner, a restaurant meal, museams, things like that cost? She wants to know how much she should send on a weekly basis. Any information you could provide is very much appreciated. Thanks.
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Dec 14th, 2009, 07:07 AM
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I know but two things (neither of which are strictly germaine but I offer them up regardless):
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- They play cricket and go fox hunting there. Used to be popular with the British aristocracy so they thought they'd teach old Johnny Foreigner to be a better sort.
- It was Wellington's headquarters when he invaded France after giving Boney the Heave-ho from Spain. That might be where the British connection began.

Ta-daa! (I thank you)

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Dec 14th, 2009, 07:09 AM
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Why doesn't she ask the college? I visited Pau, and liked it - although I couldn't see the Pyrenees because the clouds were down - but I didn't buy hairspray. Actually, the costs there should be about the same as most towns outside of Paris and the Riviera. And why is she "sending money"? She should set up a bank account and give her daughter an ATM card.
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Dec 14th, 2009, 07:22 AM
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I thought there was supposed to be a good view of the Pyrenees from the Promenade des Anglais? Perhaps not when the cloud is low.

It's many years since we were there, but I remember an attractive small town. I would be happy to spend time there, and the early months of the year would give the opportunity of skiing in the Pyrenees.
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Dec 14th, 2009, 07:23 AM
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Sending money were my words, not hers. I don't know how she is taking care of the finances. She just wants to have knowledge of what her costs are going to be and thought if anyone here was familiar with the area they would not mind sharing that information.
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Dec 14th, 2009, 07:27 AM
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This isn't specific to Pau, but the prices for those things are fairly uniform throughout France. I pay about 6-8 euro each for shampoo and conditioner (nothing fancy); don't use hairspray but guess it would be about the same. Restaurant meal? She's a student, right? So I doubt she'd be indulging in too many restaurant meals, but if she did probably could get a decent prix-fixe 3-course one for 20-30 euro.

She can get practical information from www.pau.fr and the commune's tourist office website, including info on restaurants and shopping.

I also wonder about "sending money." Weekly? Why? That would be so cumbersome and costly. The girl needs a U.S. bank account and an ATM card.
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Dec 14th, 2009, 08:20 AM
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I would say, for a student the allowance should be 500-800€ per month + accomodation. This makes about 20€ per day, should be enough for food, living, transportation and sightseeing. The college should have a restaurant where students get meals at 4 or 5€.
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Dec 14th, 2009, 08:28 AM
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Type "cost of living in France" into Google and you'll get all kinds of info... here's an example:

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Dec 14th, 2009, 09:14 AM
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It's a pretty mediaeval city, with great access to the mountains and the sea at Biarritz. It has a big university and a varied social life.

Leclerc's website will give you prices.

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Dec 14th, 2009, 09:19 AM
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You may be interested in this old report and the other ones by the same poster:

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Dec 14th, 2009, 11:23 AM
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If you are driving around the periphery of the city you will hit a roundabout approximately every one and a half minutes.

This doesn't answer any of your questions but it is everything I know about Pau, and I have done it twice.
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Dec 14th, 2009, 11:31 AM
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I don't know anything abut Pau, but I know something about students. No matter the amount of the allowance, it will not be enough for her.
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Dec 14th, 2009, 11:36 AM
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Thank you Dr D, Thursdaysd, Chartley, StCirq, Echnaton,ParisAmsterdam, Sheila, Michael and Nikki for taking time to reply. Thanks also for the sites you included. Since our GD speaks and reads French she will find them interesting I'm sure, I, of course, enjoyed the pretty colors... Michael, I found the post you brought up from the past very helpful and I am sure she will also! Some information just does not change.
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Dec 14th, 2009, 11:41 AM
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cynthia, I'm sure she could spend anything given! However, She has worked two jobs to earn some of her own money for this trip so I think she will be smart about how she spends it, plus she knows her mom and dad are not wealthy.
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Dec 15th, 2009, 06:34 AM
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Does anyone have anything to add?
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Dec 15th, 2009, 09:55 AM
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Personally, I know nothing about Pau, but the quid.fr website tells quite a bit about the town. Maybe not the kinds of things to interest a young woman, though! Nothing about the look of the town or how lively it is or stores or clubs or cinemas.

I picked out a few things, mostly the quirky things, from quid's Pau entry. They elect a queen in February for Carnival. There is a medieval garden, aquarium, the oldest golf (course?) in France, centenary trees, a national museum of parachutists, an art museum, panoramas, a Belle Epoque casino....

As I say, none of this might interest her at all. How about going to Google maps and seeing if they do any street-level photos for Pau? If she knows where she'll be staying, she (and you) can look at a Google map of her neighborhood and it'll show nearby sites of interest.

I know you're going to have fun following her adventures in Pau.
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Dec 15th, 2009, 12:12 PM
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Thank you Coquelicot
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