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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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Thursday
Dec272012

Disneyland Paris for the Holidays

As nice as it is to go home for the holidays, if you're stuck in Paris and feeling homesick, there's no better place than Christmas at Disneyland Paris! Yes, it was a bit chilly, but the decorations were gorgeous, and it even "snows" on Main Street (just flurries, but they're pretty and it's fun watching the kids try and catch snowflakes on their tongue).

Since it's the 20th anniversary of the park (the 10th anniversary of Disney Studios next door), each evening is concluded with a spectacular multimedia show, Disney Dreams, which I wrote about in my last newsletter -- totally worth staying until the end! The Christmas decorations and Disney Dreams show will be on until January 6th.

You can buy your tickets online a few days in advance to get better rates than at the gate, but the best deal of the moment is through FNAC: a Family Pass for one day, two parks (both Disneyland and Disney Studios) is just €114 for three people of any age, so you can be three adults, valid any day except December 31st, through February 28th, 2013. You can also get a regular day pass for both parks for one person for €45, good on the same dates. You can buy these at FNAC if you don't want to navigate their website.

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Reader Comments (1)

Looks beautiful at Christmas. Do they have any special decorations over the Spring and Summer?
May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

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