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Calendar of Paris Events

Through August 21
The 30th annual Fête des Tuileries funfair with carnival rides at Tuileries Gardens starts today, free entry, rides with individual tickets. Plenty of food stands, too!

Through August 27
La Nuit aux Invalides is an impressive sound and light show in the courtyard of Invalides highlighting the monument's history (Louis XIV, Napoléon, Charles De Gaulle), in English on Monday and Thursday nights. Tickets €18 (adult price). See the teaser video.

Through September 4
Paris Plages: sand, beach trees, volley balls and bikinis -- on the Seine! Fun activities and plenty of space for lounging along the Right Bank quays and Hôtel de Ville extended this year through September 4th. Free entry, 10am-midnight. 

Click here to see the full calendar of events...

Secrets of Paris gives 10% of all tour fees to the French food bank, Les Restos du Coeur


Metro Now Open Until 2am on Friday Night

The metro used to stop running each night at about 1am (depending on what end of the line you're on) until earlier this year when it stayed open an hour later on Saturday nights. Now it's open on both Friday and Saturday nights until about 2am. Combine that with the regular night bus service, and I can almost forgive the strike day planned for next Wednesday (.....okay, not).


The Death of French Culture?

This Time Magazine article raises some interesting points, although I believe this has been a topic of discussion for at least the past decade in France.


Breaking news: Budapest is the capital of France

That is...if France is even a country. Isn't France just a city in the country of Europe? I suppose if you're this ditzy blonde, you just might think so.

(If Americans knew that Europeans would see this stuff, maybe they'd stop showing it on TV...thank goodness for the 5th grader!)


Some of us need to work for a living...

Back to Work!!!


Couture Disney Princess Dress Auction for UNICEF

Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Cinderella, Cruella, Snow White, Tinkerbell, Minnie Mouse, Ariel...25 famous designers have created one-of-a-kind couture dresses to reinterpret the wardrobe of Disney's famous princesses. The dresses are on display at Christie's (9 ave Montaigne, 8th) on November 18 (2-6pm) and November 19 (10am-noon). Designers include Fifi Chachnil, Jacques Garcia, Frank Sorbier, Corrine Cobson, Vivienne Westwood, and Cinderella's glass slipper by Baccarat. You can place an absentee bid during your visit or by sending in the form here. All proceeds go to UNICEF, so no need to feel any guilt in indulging yourself!


November Strikes

Transportation strikes begin tonight around 8pm and will supposedly continue through Wednesday evening the 14th. No word yet whether they will continue striking through the 20th (along with other non-transport strikers). Here is the current schedule of transportation in Paris:

- RER A & B: no service

- RER C, D & E: no information

- Metro 1: 25% service (1 in 4 trains running)

- Metros 2-13:  10% service (1 in 10 trains running)

- Metro 14: 100% Service (heh heh, this one is run automatically, no drivers to strike)

- Trams 1-4: 10% service

- Busses: 10% service

- Eurostar/Thalys Trains: Normal service reported by French news services, but the Thalys website shows that a few trains have been cancelled.

- Regional Trains (Ter, Transilien): Absolute minimal service during rush hour

- Corail and SNCF TGV: 10% service 

Toll-free number (from a land line) for information on SNCF traffic: 0 805 700 805

Toll-free number (from a land line) for information on RATP traffic: 0 800 15 11 11

Interestingly, 62% of the French don't think that the strikes are justified, according to a poll published today in the free Métro newspaper.