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Calendar of Paris Events

November 5-8
The boutique charity organization Emmaüs (105 Boulevard Davout, 20th) is having a "Kilo Sale" where mens, womens and childrens used clothing are sold for €10/kilo (that's a lot of clothing). Daily 11am-7:45pm. 

November 8-16
The 39th annual Salon Marjolaine, the largest organic fair in Paris, takes place this week at the Parc Floral (Bois de Vincennes) with 550 stands selling everything organic you could imagine. There are also plenty of food stands for lunch onsite, a vestiaire, and a little shuttle from the metro Château de Vincennes to the entrance of the Parc Floral. Open 10:30am-7pm. Entry €9, but you can get a €3 discount voucher on the website to print out in advance. You can also see my article and video from my visit in 2010. 

November 8-11
The Château Vaux le Vicomte is hosting its annual Palais au Chocolat. The palace will be decorated with chocolate artworks created by some of the biggest names in chocolate. Tickets are €16.50 (€13.50 for kids 6-18), which includes access to the château and gardens and exhibits throughout the estate; you can reserve them in advance online. Open 10am-6pm.

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Tuesday
Jun202006

"Left Bank Waltz" Book Launch

00book.jpgOn June 14 Elaine Lewis gave a reading and signed her new book, Left Bank Waltz, at the Abbey Bookshop. It's a true story about her struggle to open -- and keep open -- the Australian Book Store on the Quai des Grands Augustins, 6th:

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From the publisher:

At a time in her life when friends were retiring and spending time with their grandchildren, a night out in Paris while she visited her musician son inspired Elaine Lewis to dream of a daring venture in this most enchanting of cities. Her vision was more than just fanciful. After doing the necessary research and groundwork, Elaine packed her bags and left Australia to open, on the Left Bank, the first Australian bookshop in central Paris.

But when some bumbling and nasty French bureaucrats threatened to close down the shop, Elaine and her many staunch supporters were faced with a battle against the establishment that quickly became stranger than fiction .

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A huge turnout for the reading.


 

 

Saturday
Jun172006

Who are these smiling fools?

What's with all of the big toothy grins? Is this a toothpaste conference or something? Well....yes.

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Wine Expert Olivier (testing the Champagne) et moi (drinking it). On the left, some crazy dude who snuck in.

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Bernard (Flouride Poster Boy 2006) and his Mise-en-Scène specialist François.


This is part of my glamorous journalism career, attend press events like the Fluocaril 60th anniversary event at Le Paris-Paris club. When I received the invitation I was a bit confused at first, because I don't often write about teeth. But it turns out part of the soirée included a runway show of Gentry de Paris' sexy nightgowns (brushing teeth being an activity one tends to do in their PJs, of course). At least half of the people there turned out to be FOGs (Friends of Lady Gentry, the one dancing in the green dress).


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Lady Gentry and her ladies-in-waiting dancing after the show.
 

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Gentry's Legal Eagle (left) and Marc (International Playboy) enjoying the benefits of the FOG lifestyle.

And what do they serve us at a toothpaste press conference while they're showing us slides of rotting teeth? You guessed it: mini chocolate eclaires, chocolate-dipped strawberries, macarons, and Champagne! (would journalists show up for carrots? hell no!) After the short presentation and runway show, we got to stay the rest of the night to dance, drink, and clean off the petit-four trays. 

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Good for your teeth.


I should mention, for the heck of it, that Flocaril now makes a special toothpaste to use before bed, "Fluocaril Nuit". It would be worth having a day toothpaste and a night toothpaste (because we all have such huuuuge apartments in Paris) if the night toothpaste would get rid of the "morning after" party breath that no amount of pre-bed brushing seems to eliminate.

And an idea for all of you scientists out there to start working on: why not just find a way to put flouride in Champagne and macarons? Without ruining the taste, of course... 

 

Saturday
Jun172006

Hidden Rose Garden

Ahhh...the roses are looking splendid! Can any of you guess where this rose garden can be found?

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Hint 1: it's in a central part of the city, but you can only reach it on foot

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Hint 2: There's nothing else in the garden but roses, a small patch of lawn (usually full of sunbathers), and a small water fountain.  

Friday
Jun162006

Pillow Dog

If you crossed a Miniature Pinscher with a pillow (and I know a few of you out there have dogs who like to hump their pillows), this is what you'd get.

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Or maybe Pedro thinks that if he wraps himself up cutely in the sheep skin rug he'll get more doggie treats.

 

Thursday
Jun152006

Hotel Reviews Incoming!

I've started adding hotel reviews to the Resource Guide. In case you're wondering how I choose which ones I put up first, I'm actually going through the newsletter archives, one by one, and pulling out all of those reviews first. After that I'll be filling in with the ones I've reviewed for Fodor's, Time Out, Expedia, and other publications over the past two years.

So please be patient, more are coming!! 

Thursday
Jun152006

Along the Seine

Paris Plage isn't open yet, but it's hot enough that Parisians have started sunbathing along the Seine.

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A photography exhibit by Francis Gazeau has been set up on the Passerelle des Arts through June 30. A great idea in theory (they're beautiful), but most people come to this pedestrian bridge to picnic or hang over the railings to appreciate the view, neither possible since a rope barrier (hard to see in the pic) has been set up to keep people from getting too close to the photos (the artists is sitting as close as he can get to the images). Maybe next time they'll put the images along the quais instead. 

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The trees along the Seine have been completely covered in graffiti. 

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