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October 21-30 A bit like a smaller, cozier version of the Foire de Paris, the Foire d'Automne at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles is a trade show of food and wine, home decor, beauty and fashion, and all French arts de vivre. Open 10am-7pm, entry €9. 

October 27-29
The last big electronic music festival of the year, the Pitchfork Festival, takes place over three days at the Grande Halle de la Villette (Parc de la Villette, 19th). One-day passes €54,  three-day passes €120.

October 28 - November 1
Stuff yourself with all kinds of chocolately goodies at the annual Salon du Chocolat, at the Paris-Expo - Porte de Versailles (metro line 12), 10am-7pm. Entrance €14. You can get advance tickets online or ask at your favorite chocolate shop if they have any extra invitations. Avoid the weekend unless you're a masochist! Here are some Salon du Chocolat tips from a previous article by Secrets of Paris intern Tara Oakes. 

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A Weekend at Mont Saint-Michel

Last weekend my friends and I went to Le Mont Saint Michel, the UNESCO World Heritage site on the border of Normandy and Brittany. The abbey dedicated to the archangel St Michael was founded in the 8th century. If you go (and you should), I highly recommend staying overnight. We also did a short lunch detour to the cute little village of Villedieu-les-Pôeles. Here is my photo gallery (click on thumbnails to enlarge).

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Reader Comments (7)

Hi, I wanted to ask how the crowd situation was. Then I got to picture 6, and I get the feeling it was tight.
April 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike
Um, thanks. That really is a mouth-wartering behind the scenes tour, and not just the butter.
April 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike
In January 2009 we stayed the night at Mont Saint-Michel, we had a magical two days with only a hand full of tourists. We love Paris in winter oh and of course spring, but we find winter is fabulous
April 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve
A night at Mere Pollard, enjoying one of their butter/eggs/more butter/more eggs omelets, having a drink at the bar where Hemingway once sat, and walking around the Mont at night without hardly a soul about... priceless.
May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaulM
Will be in Paris late November. Most tours not available. How can we 2 get a short tour of Omaha plus mt st michele - only affording one day. We got a private quote for 2 days and it was over $3000 US. Just want something good but more affordable. Thank you so much. Clara
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterClara
Hi Clara, What you and many visitors don't realize is that Normandy is a region -- and a large one! -- which is a minimum of three hours' drive from Paris (IF there is no traffic). So it's not only a long way to get there and back, it can take over an hour just to get from the D-Day beaches to Mont St Michel (and now that you can't drive onto the island, you have to park on land and take the shuttle). hose who try to see it in a daytrip from Paris are not doing themselves any favors (and I don't know any reputable guides who will even do this anymore). Staying at least one night is best, and hiring a local guide is less expensive than having a Paris guide with you the whole time. Check with the Caen tourism office for a list of registered local guides.
September 1, 2012 | Registered CommenterHeather Stimmler-Hall
Thank you so much, heather. This info will really help us continue with our plans. Clara
September 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterClara

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