We had planned several house swaps in Europe without realising that we would require a Schegen Visa to allow us to stay greater than 90 days across the EU countries. We leave in mid March with little time to organise the Visa (not living close to any of the foreign embassies in Canberra). Is there anyone that can shed light on how easy it is to obtain a Schengen Visa once you are actually in Europe. We understand France simply does not provide extension visa's unless you are staying in that country along for greater than 90 days, which is not our plans.
Any shared experiences would be invaluable as to how we can achieve this in such a short time before departure. If not achieved before we leave in mid March, our Plan B is to wait and apply in our second country (Netherlands), which follows a house swap is in France. We will have two weeks left before our 90 day expiry by the time we reach the Netherlands and have a month long house swap booked. Any advice greatly appreciated.