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October 21-30 A bit like a smaller, cozier version of the Foire de Paris, the Foire d'Automne at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles is a trade show of food and wine, home decor, beauty and fashion, and all French arts de vivre. Open 10am-7pm, entry €9. 

October 27-29
The last big electronic music festival of the year, the Pitchfork Festival, takes place over three days at the Grande Halle de la Villette (Parc de la Villette, 19th). One-day passes €54,  three-day passes €120.

October 28 - November 1
Stuff yourself with all kinds of chocolately goodies at the annual Salon du Chocolat, at the Paris-Expo - Porte de Versailles (metro line 12), 10am-7pm. Entrance €14. You can get advance tickets online or ask at your favorite chocolate shop if they have any extra invitations. Avoid the weekend unless you're a masochist! Here are some Salon du Chocolat tips from a previous article by Secrets of Paris intern Tara Oakes. 

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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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