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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

December 6-14
The annual Féeries d’Auteuil takes place at the non-profit children's organization Apprentis d'Auteuil (40 rue Jean de la Fontaine, 16th, M° Jasmin or Eglise d'Auteuil) with a Christmas market, food stands, flea market, concerts, vintage carrousel and nativity scenes, from 11am-7pm. Live singing performances on St-Sun at 5:30pm. 

December 10-14
"Le Noël des Créateurs", highlights up-and-coming designers and artisans selling ther crafts "Made in France". Come for original and unique holiday gifts! You'll find 15 chalets along the Petit Ceinture (former railway) at Located at 83 boulevard Ornano, 18th (direct access to the Petite Ceinture through la Recyclerie, right outside metro Porte de Clignancourt).

December 20-21
The Village St-Paul (entrances along Rue St Paul, 4th) is having its winter brocante (flea market) this weekend, with outdoor stands in addition to the antique and vintage shops and other fun shops in the cobblestone courtyards. 

Through December 21
The newest musical comedy at the historic Folies Bergère is a high-energy burlesque show around the theme of love with dancers, acrobats, and singers performing French, American and British songs (many which you'll recognize in the preview below). Love Circus is the perfect alternative to the Moulin Rouge (including its busloads of tourists and high prices). Tickets €29-€84 (by seating area), no dinner included, discounts for booking online. 

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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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