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Market of Senlis in Senlis, France (Marché de Senlis)

This article is part of a regional reporting project in partnership with GoUNESCO, a UNESCO New Delhi initiative.

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The Senlis street market within the medieval walls

Name of market: Marché de Senlis/ Market of Senlis

Address: Downtown of Senlis, L’Oise, Hauts-de-France, France.

Operating days and times: Tuesday and Friday, 8:00 AM – 12 NN

How to get there: via train from Paris Gare du Nord or Paris Gare de Lyon. The trip takes around 1.5 hours. If via car from Paris Gare du Nord, it takes around 45 minutes.

Website: www.en.senlis-tourisme.fr

Fast Facts:

  • Senlis is a medieval town built in the 12th century and stands as a testament to changes in the socio-economic and political climate of France. It is said that nothing much has changed since it was left in ruins right after the end of the French Revolution in 1799.
  • Aside from the local street market, other town attractions include the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Senlis castle, and the now-abandoned (thankfully) Roman ampitheatre which staged gladiator fights.

Visitor Tips: 

  • Arrive early especially if you’re looking to shop for fresh produce and homemade cooked foods. They sell out pretty fast.
  • It can help if you know how to speak a bit of French. Since this is a local market with trades dominated by the older generation, many stall owners will appreciate it if you at least know how to ask for prices and to count in French.
  • Why you should consider visiting: want to step back in time?
  • As with any country in the world: do not quickly assume. Make sense of the why behind the what first and while you’re at it, get lost and find yourself. Happy travels! 🙂

P.S. The keys to sustainable travels are universal: take public transportation | stay in accommodations where cooking is allowed (private or shared, it doesn’t matter) | walk as much as you can | wake up early | stay away from guidebooks | immerse yourself in local language, culture and history | visit local cafés | know that the possibilities are endless | listen to your gut❤

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Biggest Travel Don’ts Around the World

You’ve set up your itinerary, booked your flights and hotels, packed your luggage– what else have you missed?

Before leaving, make sure you read up on the general customs of your destination so you do not end up upsetting people without your intention. Make people feel you take their values and traditions seriously, as much as you would want others treat yours as well!

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France

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Talk about awkward: Trying to redefine the classic pose-with-the-Eiffel photo

My boyfriend R always teases me that I’m such an aspiring French woman. I love French geography, I love French culture, I love French food, I love the French language– basically R gets a headache every time I get into this French sensation that happens randomly when I get across something French-ish.

France has a long written history and to read up on its history and cultural changes are definitely recommended before your travel. I used to take France for granted but once I made an effort to study more about it, I got to appreciate the country more beyond its sights and sounds.

Some Tips on Visiting France:

  • Applying for a Schengen visa through the French embassy is actually the easiest route to take because the process is pretty straightforward. The embassy also doesn’t ask for more documents outside the usual set, and you can always call the embassy should you need assistance.
  • Generally, to stay in Paris can be expensive. However there are more affordable options like the Le Marais (e.g. Hotel Le Marais) and Malakoff (e.g. Séjours and Affaires Paris) areas where you still get to enjoy the best of French culture and cuisine without having to break your bank.
  • My favorite thing to do while in France is going for picnics! Imagine enjoying the Eiffel, the River Seine, the Loire River, and the sight of kids playing in the park as you enjoy French cheeses, meats and wine! I usually just buy from the grocery, lay out everything on a mat that I bring everywhere I go, and end up having lunch for 2-3 hours. The best part? Seeing everything go by as you let time run on its own.
  • Download the Paris Metro app. This will save you loads of time in trying to find the best subway and train routes.
  • Why I want to go back: local French cheese and wine that do not make their way out of France. Plus, every waking opportunity that allows me to practice my rudimentary French.
  • As with any country in the world: do not quickly assume. Make sense of the why behind the what first and while you’re at it, get lost and find yourself. Happy travels! 🙂

P.S. The keys to sustainable travels are universal: take public transportation | stay in accommodations where cooking is allowed (private or shared, it doesn’t matter) | walk as much as you can | wake up early | stay away from guidebooks | immerse yourself in local language, culture and history | visit local cafés | know that the possibilities are endless | listen to your gut ❤

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Applying for Appeals: Schengen Visa

Even with a Schengen visa denied, you can always make an appeal and give it a second try!

By helping out a friend with her appeal at the French Embassy, I can only discuss here my experience with the French visa.

Requirements:

  • Original visa decision letter with your signature
  • Letter of appeal (translated in French) with your signature
  • All photocopied documents submitted during application

Send all documents no later than two (2) months since the release of the decision to this address:

Commission de recours contre les décisions de refus de visas et d’entrée en France
11 rue de la Maison-Blanche BP
8360944036
Nantes Cedex
France

Remember:

  • Only send documents you presented on your application. Do not add, edit or remove documents.
  • Translate the letter of appeal in French; otherwise, your appeal will not be accepted.
  • As much as possible, use express mail. The faster your documents get to the appeals board, the better.
  • You will have to wait for the embassy to contact you. You have no way of knowing of the results via telephone or email.

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Some Common Questions:

Q: Is it better to make an appeal, or to make a new application?

A: It depends on your needs. If you can wait and want to clear off the “Denied” mark on your visa history, you can make an appeal. If you have to hurry and do not mind having the “Denied” mark on your visa history, you can always make a new application.

In terms of cost,

New application: visa fee (60 Euros) + transportation costs + printing costs
Appeal: printing costs + translation costs + courier fee

Q: Where can I have my documents translated?

A: If you have a French friend who can do it for you for free, lucky you! But if none, you can contact the following for professional translation services: SDL and Be Translated.

Q: We are a family and we all had our visa denied. Do we have to send our appeal separately?

A: No. You can send your appeal in one courier package however, you have to prepare one set of all required documents (decision letter, appeal letter and application documents) per person.

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I hope I had all points covered. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact me 🙂