Montereau-Fault-Yonne

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Introduction

Montereau-Fault-Yonne, or often simply referred to as Montereau, is a commune of the Seine-et-Marne department of the Île-de-France region of France and located in the Provins arrondissement. This historic city located at the junction of Seine and Yonne rivers has a rich heritage which has been well preserved.

The priory of Saint Martin perched atop the hill overlooking the city was converted into a farm in the 17th century. The church of Notre Dame et Saint Loup, constructed between the 12th and the 16th century is a perfect example of amalgamation of Gothic and Renaissance styles. A sword believed to be that of Jean Sans Peur who was assassinated on the Yonne river bridge in 1419, can be seen hanging from the 5th pillar inside the church. The horse statue of Napoleon I is a reminder of the great Emperor’s last battle on 18th February 1814.

For more information about the city and its surroundings, check the official Montereau-Fault-Yonne website (French only).

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Sights and Activities

  • Earthenware Museum
  • Napoleon I on his horse dominating the confluence of Seine and Yonne rivers.
  • Church Saint Loup
  • Priory of Saint Martin
  • Well preserved old town centre

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Weather

The weather in Montereau is comparable to that of closeby Paris. Summers are from June to September with generally temperatures between 23 °C and 27 °C though temperatures have been recorded close to 40 °C. Nights are nice but not too warm. It's usually dry and sunny during this time, with some heavy showers possible. Winters last from December to March and are usually well above zero during the day though with some frosty nights sometimes and occasional snow carpets for a few days. Late spring and early autumn are great times for a visit to this region.

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Getting There

By Plane

Located just around 75 kilometers southeast of Paris, it doesn't come as a surprise that the three Parisian airports have the biggest selection of flights. From either of the airports, it's just about an hour during normal circumstances to Montereau.

  • 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.

By Train

The French Railways have services to and from Montereau including fast trains to and from Paris.

By Car

Montereau-Fault-Yonne is located just west of the A5 highway which runs from Paris in southeastern direction towards Troyes and Auxerre, which further on eventually connects with the main north-south route, the A7 or Route du Soleil.

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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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