Saturday and Sunday is the Salon "Cusinez!" at the Carrousel du Louvre (99 rue de Rivoli, 1st). Learn how to cook (sign up for free lessons throughout the day) with a focus on 'quick and easy entertaining,' inspired in Paris by the Atelier des Chefs. Saturday 10am-7pm and Sunday 10am-6pm. Entrance €10. Free for kids under 6.
"If you are worried, anxious or confused... If you are feeling lonely or sad... If you are suicidal... It may help to talk things over."
They currently need volunteer listeners who work on the phone lines (complete the SOS Help training course provided for all volunteers) and administrative supporters who volunteer their time for publicity and fund-raising projects. For more information, visit their site's recruitment page.
The day started out so splendidly, despite the raindrops on the window pane. I even found a new juice bar while tooling around town. But for every new opening, there is a closing, and I almost cried when I saw my beloved independent coffee house, Autour d'Un Café, is now a cheap sushi restaurant!
The text on the home page of a Parisian hotel, which will remain anonymous**:
"In the reign of Henri IV, the French people lived once again in peace and rediscovered boiled chicken."