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American-born travel journalist and guidebook author Heather Stimmler-Hall created the Secrets of Paris in 1999 to share the hidden side of the City of Light. Discover what you've been missing:

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Calendar of Paris Events

May 13-16
The 27th annual Artists' Open Studios in Belleville takes place for four days in over 120 ateliers in Belleville (11th, 19th & 20th arrondissements). It's a great chance to see some neighborhoods tourists don't normally see, to meet local artists, and of course purchase some lovely artworks! Pick up a map and program at the Espace Jordain (3 rue Jean-Baptiste Dumay, 20th, M° Jourdain). Free entry. Open 2-8pm, Fri-Sat until 10pm. 

May 21
Check out your favorite Paris museum at night during the 12th annual Nuit Européenne des Musées, when all over Europe museums stay open until midnight...for free! Special flashlight tours, live music, installment arts, film screenings, costumed museum guides, and other fun events throughout the evening at each museum.

May 21-22
Attention equestrian fans: it's time for the one of the legendary horse racing events in Paris, the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris at the Hippodrome d'Auteuil (16th). There will be food trucks, snack stands and you can also dine in the panoramic restaurant overlooking the racetrack. Tickets are €8. 

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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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