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November 5-8
The boutique charity organization Emmaüs (105 Boulevard Davout, 20th) is having a "Kilo Sale" where mens, womens and childrens used clothing are sold for €10/kilo (that's a lot of clothing). Daily 11am-7:45pm. 

November 8-16
The 39th annual Salon Marjolaine, the largest organic fair in Paris, takes place this week at the Parc Floral (Bois de Vincennes) with 550 stands selling everything organic you could imagine. There are also plenty of food stands for lunch onsite, a vestiaire, and a little shuttle from the metro Château de Vincennes to the entrance of the Parc Floral. Open 10:30am-7pm. Entry €9, but you can get a €3 discount voucher on the website to print out in advance. You can also see my article and video from my visit in 2010. 

November 8-11
The Château Vaux le Vicomte is hosting its annual Palais au Chocolat. The palace will be decorated with chocolate artworks created by some of the biggest names in chocolate. Tickets are €16.50 (€13.50 for kids 6-18), which includes access to the château and gardens and exhibits throughout the estate; you can reserve them in advance online. Open 10am-6pm.

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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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