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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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From Tourist to Artist: Bobby Chitwood at L'Espace 35

Last year, Sue Hilton and Bobby Chitwood weren't any different than my usual Secrets of Paris tour clients. Visiting from Dallas, they'd already been to Paris several times and wanted to see "real" Parisian neighborhoods, vintage shops, and artist ateliers. I met them in their apartment rental in the St-Germain-des-Prés district, and we spent two days touring around Paris, finishing in the charming Butte aux Cailles neighborhood.

A typical street in the Butte aux Cailles

Bobby is a musician and artist, and both of them enjoy good wine. So when we passed by L'Espace 35, where my friend Phiippe Catz conducts private wine tastings and hosts art shows, I thought it might be nice to pop in and say hello (I also wanted to return a book he had loaned me, "Thomas Jefferson on Wine", which describes Jefferson's wine education while living in France as the American Ambassador). We enjoyed a bottle of Saint-Aubin, a Burgundy white, while talking about Paris, art, travel, cultural differences, music...a typically wonderful meeting of internationally-minded people where time just flies by as the bottle empties.

It's moments like these that friendships are formed, and ideas for collaboration spontaneously discussed. So it was no surprise to me when Philppe offered Bobby the opportunity to show his jazz-theme paintings in his gallery space. Happily, despite the trans-Atlantic logistics necessary for this type of show, Bobby and Sue are now back in Paris this week for his show at L'Espace 35, "Scenes from a Solo". At the vernissage on Tuesday there was a packed gallery full of local art lovers and American friends of Bobby and Sue's in town for the show.

Bobby with some of his paintings, oil on wood panels.

Needless to say, the (exceptionally fabulous) wine and Franglais flowed freely, more friendships were forged, I got to humbly take credit for introducing Philippe and Bobby, and even got to meet Rhonda, Sue's friend who originally recommended my tour services -- merci!

If you're looking for something to do this Saturday the 21st of April, come on down to the Butte aux Cailles (the gallery/wine cave is at 35 rue de l'Espérence, métro Corvisart or Tolbiac) for the final day of the show (open 2-7pm). It's also a great time to explore the Butte aux Cailles, its tiny cobblestoned streets, cute garden houses, laid-back cafés, and charming boutiques.

See Bobby Chitwood's art at

For wine tastings or the latest art shows at L'Espace 25, contact Philippe Catz at Vinissime.


Bobby Chitwood and Philippe Catz at L'Espace 35.


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Any relation to Joie?
April 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLRJ
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