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europe by motorcycle

My husband and I are planning to rent a place in France as a "base of travel" for a year. We want to take several 2-3 day trips to other countries by motorcycle, has anyone else done anything like this before...any suggestions? Is this safe?

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"My husband and I are planning to rent a place in France as a "base of travel" for a year." If the words "Schengen Treaty" do not ring a bell, look this up on Wikipedia. Unless you apply for an extended French visa, your time in most of Europe will be limited to 90 days in any 180 day period.

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or, to put it another way, tammy do you have your long-stay visa taken of?

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No, I don't have our long stay visa yet, we are still in the "planning" stages. We are still a couple years from doing this. Does it take long to get the visa and is it hard to get. I don't want to seem ignorant, I didn't realize there were restrictions on length of stay...lol. Thank You for your help.

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tammy, I hope that some of the resident expats in France will chip in here. Yes, getting a long-term visa for France is no walk in the park.

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Well, I'm up to it so I'll get started...I spent two weeks in France and London this past April and like many others I'm sure...I fell in love. I don't have the money to keep flying back and forth so my husband had the idea to spend a year on our motorcycle and by car just traveling around. Well it sounded good in theory...lol. So where would I start the process online? I have a lot of work to do but so excited at the same time. Thanks again...hope we can talk more.