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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

Through October 3
Don't miss one of the most magical events of the summer, the Candlelit Evenings at the Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, just an hour south of Paris by RER and shuttle. Visit the family-owned palace and gardens that inspired Versailles by candlelight, including dinner in the gardens (or bring your own picnic or book a table for a gourmet meal starting at €59) and a fireworks finale. Every Saturday evening, entry €19.50. 

Through October 18
The 32nd annual funfair carnival, the Fête à Neu Neu, opens on August 30th in the Bois de Boulogne (Porte de la Muette, 16th, M° Rue de la Pompe). Open 4pm-midnight Mon, Tues, & Thurs; 2pm-midnight Wed & Fri; and noon to midnight Sat-Sun. Free entry, ATM, Vélib station, food tents and rides (tickets purchased onsite).  

September 11-13
The annual Fête de l'Humanité is three days of live music (65 acts including headliners Manu Chao, Texas, and Juliette Gréco), debates (because the French love a good debate), arts and cinema expositions, a bal populaire, a book fair, and activities for kids. The main sponsor/organizer is the daily newspaper L'Humanité, whose motto is "Envie de Changer Le Monde" (The desire to change the world), so you can imagine it's quite a leftie leaning festival where politics, social justice and liberty are the main stars. This year it takes place in La Corneuve (northeast suburbs), and three-day passes are just €32 (€35 at the door; camping and parking also possible). 

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Thursday
Mar082012

Dinner & Concert with Leslie Caron and Givenchy at Château de Chantilly

A very unique, once-in-a-lifetime event! Participate in an unforgettable evening April 7th at the gorgeous Château de Chantilly and its Grand Stables, with dinner and music in the presence of legendary French actress Leslie Caron and couturier Hubert de Givenchy

The American Friends of Chantilly and the Fondation pour la Sauvegarde et le Développement du Domaine de Chantilly, two non-profit organisations dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the Domaine de Chantilly, are hosting a special fundraising event, "Memories & Melodies", to help restore the 19th-century Ile d'Amour, or Island of Love, in the château's romantic English gardens. The event begins on April 7th at 7pm with dinner in in the Château's elegant Galerie des Cerfs, where Ms Caron and Mr de Givenchy will share their memories of the filming of two great American masterpieces, An American in Paris and Funny Face (the latter was filmed in Chantilly in 1957). 


Dinner will be followed with a concert by the Chantilly Conservatory of Music, whose full orchestra and choir will be performing music by George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein under the dome of the Grand Stables. This will be the first opportunity to view the sculpted fountain newly restored thanks to the friends and members of the American Friends of Chantilly.

Seats at the event are €220/person (€180 if you're a member of the AFC), with optional round-trip shuttle from Paris for €20, or a night at the four-star Dolce Hotel for €160 (double room with breakfast). Dress code: cocktail attire. RSVP by April 3rd to AFP President, Candice Nancel, at afceurope@orange.fr or 06 14 67 04 49. 

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