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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 4
One of the greatest contemporary British comedians, Eddie Izzard, is bringing his show Force Majeure back to Paris, this time....en français! Mais oui! He'll be performing at the Casino de Paris one night before moving onto a week-long tour in other French cities. Even if your French sucks, you'll likely be able to follow along Eddie's own version of Franglais as he explains World History, God, Hitler, and other light topics. Tickets from FNAC starting at €25.

October 8-11
The annual Puces du Design is a free market of vintage furniture and home decor from the 1950s to today, at the Place des Vins behind Bercy Village, 12th. Over 100 stands, free entry. 

October 8-18
Celebrate Oktoberfest in Paris all week long in a huge Bavarian-themed tent at the Porte de la Villette (19th), tickets €34-€44, including €15 of drink tickets.  There will be music, Bavarian Cancan dancers, and plenty to eat and drink. Dust off the lederhosen and be ready for fun! 

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).  

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First Sparkling Water Fountain in Paris 

Photo by Deborah Lesage/Mairie de Paris

The first public drinking fountain with cooled, sparkling water opened on September 21 in the Jardin de Reuilly (12th). Housed in a former garden shed, the fountain uses CO2 cannisters to create the bubbles and a system of iced pipes to chill the water to 7°C/45°F. These actually already exist in Italy, and now the  City of Paris hopes to install more public drinking fountains throughout the city in the near future. What would be nicer is to have fountains that don't require you to have your own cup/bottle (which all of the Wallace fountains and this new fountain do...sigh).

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Reader Comments (5)

wow, free, chilled, sparkling water and you want cups! i am impressed both by paris and by the fact that not all of us can ever be happy. keep up the good work!

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September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMorris
I don't know why they don't have public water fountains, especially at the big commercial centers. I hate going into a cafe & asking for my free glass of water from the faucet at the bar. I always feel like they're looking down their nose at me when I do that & have only done it a few times in all my 17 years here. I almost always have a little bottle of water on me. And I finally invested in a stainless steel bottle to fill up since I'm paranoid about plastic leaching into my water.
September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEstro-Jen
├ža c'est incroyable !
September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichael
the fact that you must bring your cup or bottle in order to drink out of the Parisian fountains is purely hygienic... you dont touch the tap, then you don't leave your microbes on the tap... That is why the Wallace fountains around Paris have been designed as such 150 years ago !!
September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
Merci Christian.
That was a very informative comment.
September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

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