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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

October 8-12
The theme for the 81st annual Fête des Vendanges, the grape harvest festival, is Montmartre Fête les Poètes. Events include a parade, grape stomping, the food & wine tasting village, cooking demos, live music, and tons of other fun stuff. Check out the entire program, the online boutique (get your commemorative bottles of wine!) and other info about the festival here.

October 12 
Stock up on fall reading material for a handful of euros and support the English-language SOS Helpline at their Autumn Book Sale today from noon-4pm at Orrick Law Offices (31 ave Pierre Ière de Serbie, 16th, M° Alma-Marceau). Paperbacks €1, hardcovers €2, all categories for adults and kids, as well as bake sale items. Those who want to donate books can drop them off during the sale.

October 16-17
Blending culture with social, Sinfonietta Paris brings you an evening of Mendelssohn and Brahms exquisitely performed by a brilliant ensemble of young professional musicians. At the Institut FInlandais (Latin Quarter, 60 rue des Ecoles, 5th) from 8-11pm. Tickets €25 (wine and hors d'oeuvres included). The address will be mailed once confirmed; the performance on the 4th December is in the 17th; on the 5th December it's in the 1st. Register on the website; places limited. 

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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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