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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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Saturday
Sep252010

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.

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September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEstro-Jen
├ža c'est incroyable !
merci
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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