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Saint-Fargeau

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Introduction

Saint-Fargeau, a small town of about 1,800 inhabitants, is a commune of Yonne department in France. Located in the arrondissment of Auxerre, it is well known for its beautiful and imposing castle which attracts visitors from all over the region.

The beautiful unspoilt countryside is well known for its forests, fresh water streams and tourist attractions both cultural and historical. Tourists can do cycling, horse riding, fishing, hunting and a host of other activities to keep them busy and entertained.

For more information you can contact the Saint-Fargeau local tourism office.

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Sights and Activities

  • Le Chateau de Saint-Fargeau is more than one thousand years old. The vast building with its ancient magnificient beams is worth a visit. There is a unique historical show with light and music every Fridays and Saturdays in the months of July and August.
  • Le Ferme Du Chateau- The Castle Farm showcases the life on a farm in early 20th century. Children particularly have a nice time discovering the marvellous world of animals.
  • Museum of early musical instruments has a collection of more than 1,000 phonographs, radios and manual musical instruments. The museum and its team will help you discover the history of musical instruments and give an insight into the world of radios, from the beginning to the modern times.

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Weather

A few hours south of Paris, Saint-Fargeau has comparable weather with warm summer from June to September and winters from December to February with usually temperatures above zero and occasional frost and snow.

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Getting There

By Plane

As it is not that far from Paris you can have a choice of flying to the airports of this city:

  • Charles De Gaulle International Airport (CDG) is approximately 25 kilometres from Paris and has most flights, including long distance flights to many destinations outside Europe.
  • Orly Airport (ORY) is located southwest of Paris near the town of Orly.
  • Beauvais Airport (BVA) is often billed as a Paris airport and used by budget airlines, most notably Ryanair, but also Sterling, Blue Air, Norwegian Air Shuttle, and Wizzair. The airport is located roughly 80 kilometres out of Paris near the town of Beauvais.

Another option almost at the same distance is Tours airport (TUF) which has flights with Ryanair from Dublin, London-Stansted, Marseille and Porto.

By Car

Saint-Fargeau is located east of the A77 highway. The A6 highway between Paris and Dijon is a little futher to the east.

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Keep Connected

Internet

France is one of the best connected countries in the world, with data speed for upload/download ranked among the top 5 in the world. Most hotels and hostels would have in-house facilities to provide free internet access. Many major cities also have initiatives put in place to provide free wi-fi connection in public spaces. Alternatively there are internet cafés available in most cities/towns at a reasonable rate. Some private businesses, such as local cafés (or even the Starbuck's chain), may also provide wi-fi connectivity - keep an eye out for the signs by the shop windows/doors. Also look for the @ symbol prominently displayed, which indicates internet availability. However, with most homes now wired for the internet, cyber cafés are increasingly hard to find, especially outside the major cities.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

To dial an international number from France, the IDD is 00, followed by the country code that you wish to dial, the area code and the phone number.
To call France from abroad, start with the international direct dialing (IDD) code from the country you're in, followed by French country code 33, the area code (drop the first zero in front of the area code), and the phone number. French telephone numbers are rarely given without the area code. The telephone number, including the area code, is made up of 10 digits. They are written in a set of 5 pairs of digits (i.e. 01 xx xx xx xx xx).
In France, the area code designations are: 01 - Paris Area ("Région Ile-de-France"), 02 - northwest, 03 - northeast, 04 - southeast, 05 - southwest, 06 - mobile phone providers. From 2010 onwards, 07 will also be assigned to mobile phone providers in order to cater for the surging demands for mobile phones.

Emergency numbers are 15 (medical aid), 17 (police station) and 18 (fire/rescue). You can also use the European emergency number 112 (perhaps a better choice if you don't speak French). These calls are free and accessible from virtually any phone, including locked cellphones.

France uses the GSM standard of cellular phones (900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands) used in most of the world outside of the U.S. There are several companies (Orange, SFR, Free, Bouygues Télécom and some others MVNOs like Virgin Mobile) offering wireless service. The country is almost totally covered but you may have difficulties using your mobile phone in rural or mountainous areas. If you stay for some time, it may be advisable to buy a pre-paid cell phone card that you can use in any phone that supports the GSM standard on the 900/1800 MHz bands. Then incoming calls and SMSes are free.

Post

La Poste in France is also referred to as the PTT (short for postes, télégraphes et téléphones). The mailboxes are painted bright yellow and often there is a slot for local city mail and another slot for "outside mail". Normally there is a queue in the post office, but most of the post offices have the self service machine installed which is quite easy to operate. Nowadays many of the tabac and even some of the souvenir shops also sell postage stamps. Normally an overseas postcard costs almost as much as sending a letter. Mails sent in France also have a zip code. The first two numbers represent the administrative department (e.g. in Paris' case that would be 75).

Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Friday, and 8:00am to noon on Saturdays. Apart from the basic job of mailing letters, most of the post offices do some banking activities also and some even have photocopy machines and cyber cafes for internet access.

For international package services, you might also check options with companies like DHL, UPS or TNT, which have competitive services and prices and might be faster in most cases.

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