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Whole Earth Guide

Let us be your tourist guide to the world. As we expand into new countries, we'll give you all the information that you need to know before you go and show you all the highlights of each country and region. Along the way we'll reveal places that you can stay with the service levels you thought had long since gone.

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02d The Language: the local language in France

This is one aspect of French life that is really simple. This is France, so everything is in French.

Well, almost. You didnít expect it to be so simple as that, did you?

There are various regional languages in France from Breton in Brittany to Catalan in Catalonia. For the most part, these languages are barely paid lip service by the French authorities. For example, the capital of the Pyr...

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Last updated 1 Nov 2007

02e: The Language: Do you need to be able to speak French to live in France?

This is a question that many would like to ask but few are brave enough to actually ask it.

There is no single answer to this one as it depends on where in France you choose to live. If you are aiming for a Brit-enclave such as Brittany or the Dordogne, the answer is probably "no" as in those areas it's quite possible to live within the English-speaking community and to rely on those th...

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General requirements for opening non-resident accounts

Although we'll be getting around to the various countries in due course, it has become clear that a considerable number of people can't wait so I'm going through the general requirements for all countries here. If I've already written up a country guide, check that first as it'll be much easier t...

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Taking cash abroad

Whilst most people will tell you that cards are the way to go, there's something to be said for having some cash with you too.

As far as cash goes, it's sometimes handy to take around $100 in US dollars or perhaps 100Ä in euro as both currencies are accepted in a lot of places outside their home country. Don't take anything larger than a 20 as you will, of course, receive chang...

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Travellers cheques (travelers checks)

Although many people would tell you that travellers cheques (or travelers checks) are past their sell-by date, that's not the case.

Their major plus point is that even if they're lost or stolen, you can still get the money back which is not the case if you were carrying around the same amount in cash, their closest equivalent. In both American and Canada they can be used as though they were cas...

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