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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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Wednesday
Aug262009

Chocolate Scented French Stamps

The French unashamedly adore chocolate, almost as much as I do. To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of chocolate in Europe in 1609, La Poste has created a block of chocolate-scented stamps. For those of you who didn't know, hot chocolate was a pretty hot commodity in the French courts. It was served at the wedding of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria in 1615, and flowed freely at the buffets of Louis XIV in Versailles.

The block of 10 stamps (€0.56 each, for €5.60) is designed to look like a bar of chocolate, and does indeed smell like chocolate (reminds me of the scratch & sniff stickers of my childhood). A sheet of these limited edition stamps would make a great gift for your chocoholic friends, family, webmistress...just kidding, I already have mine!

Buy the stamps at any French post office or online (in franglais), while supplies last!

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Reader Comments (4)

And they said snail mail was dead.
August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMat
Just one more good reason to lick stamps!
August 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate
They look fab & good enough to nibble!
Thanks for the embedded url link. I went OL and ordered two sheets. Hope they have them!
Can't wait to smell!
Steve in rainy Chicago, where sidewalk restaurants are becoming the rage. Bring your pink umbrella honey!
August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Wall
Send me something with a chocolate stamp! Yum. Now if we could get our bill collectors in on it, I might just open my mail! lol
September 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Stimmler
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