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Traveling durning World Cup

We will be traveling in France in late June. There will be several World Cup matches while we will be there. Does the country stop durning the matches? Not sure where we will be durning the game on June 22, but it will not be in Paris. Should be plan on doing things on our own?
Thanks for the advice.


Posted by
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During the World Cup, every bar, every restaurant, will have this playing. You cannot avoid it. This is absolutely the one of the best experiences in Europe you will find.

Would you tell a French person to stay out of sports bars during the Super Bowl? Or would you say, this was a great American experience they can take back home with them?

Posted by
333 posts

The World Cup is one of the greatest spectacles to see while in Europe. Things will still be open but most everyone's attention will be diverted to the match especially if the country's team is playing at the time.

Great fun and probably one of the most authentic experiences you will ever get. That being said, I hope France gets pumped out quickly. Still bitter over that Henry handball goal against ROI

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i was traveling in italy - 2006 - during the complete span of the world cup matches. what a thrill. As lovely as italy and the italians are, that experience made it even better. we were in orvieto, watching the championship on a huge makeshift screen in the square, the night the italinas won. we thought that was the absolute highlight of the trip.
Not so! we were in rome two days later, eating dinner on july, 12; just as the parade of "los campiones" comes by; proud, joyful italians. what an end to a wonderful trip.
Like you, we wil be in france for much of the world cup. i can't tell you how much i am looking forward to it. it is part of the culture and tradition of much of europe. Enjoy!

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146 posts

The noise in a center city hotel after a match can prevent sleep. This happend to us during world cup or some other cup in 2004 in Geneva on 2 of our 3 nights there. The Portuguese in town honked horns and shouted after their team won for hours. The Greeks in town did the same on another night after their team won.