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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

Through October 3
Don't miss one of the most magical events of the summer, the Candlelit Evenings at the Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, just an hour south of Paris by RER and shuttle. Visit the family-owned palace and gardens that inspired Versailles by candlelight, including dinner in the gardens (or bring your own picnic or book a table for a gourmet meal starting at €59) and a fireworks finale. Every Saturday evening, entry €19.50. 

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).  

September 11-13
The annual Fête de l'Humanité is three days of live music (65 acts including headliners Manu Chao, Texas, and Juliette Gréco), debates (because the French love a good debate), arts and cinema expositions, a bal populaire, a book fair, and activities for kids. The main sponsor/organizer is the daily newspaper L'Humanité, whose motto is "Envie de Changer Le Monde" (The desire to change the world), so you can imagine it's quite a leftie leaning festival where politics, social justice and liberty are the main stars. This year it takes place in La Corneuve (northeast suburbs), and three-day passes are just €32 (€35 at the door; camping and parking also possible). 

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Wednesday
Nov102010

Get Your Bio on at the Salon Marjolaine

For everyone who wishes a Whole Foods would open in Paris, the Salon Marjolaine is the next best thing. This enormous fair at the Parc Floral (through Sunday November 14) is dedicated to all that is organic and sustainable, with over 500 stands displaying and selling every kind of organic foods, wines, health and beauty products, clothing, cooking supplies, kitchen accessories, seeds, gardening supplies, furniture, bedding, shoes, jewelry, essential oils, and many other products that are usually only sold direct by the owners or manufacturers.

There is also an entire section at the entrance dedicated to environmental causes (Greenpeace and other activist groups), green tourism, outdoor activities, and nature/organic themed publishers. It's open 10:30am-7pm (until 9pm on Friday) and the entry is €8. Bring your shopping trolley, you'll need it! A free shuttle bus from the metro Chateau de Vincennes drops you right at the entrance.

Here is my mini video and some photos:

Hand-made "marmites" of all sizes.

Some very funky shoes made with natural materials (including vegetable-dyed leather).

Ceramics...

A lot of hats that are starting to look really good now that it's getting chilly.

Meats raised without antibiotics or growth hormones.

Free-range duck foie gras.

And organic chocolate....mmmmmmmm.

 

As much organically-grown garlic as you can handle for €7.

One of the many organic wines available for tasting.

Organic cotton diapers.

Buy the yarn or get the scarf already knit.

Juicers, grain germinators, and many other appliances not sold at DARTY.

Steamers, grinders, vacume-packers...

It's France, so of course there's cheese (this is actually Italian parmasean cheese).

Organic fruits and veggies.

And this one is for David, who asked me to look out for anyone actually composting. Hand-made apartment composting boxes made from recycled cookie tins and computer box vents.

Some people were smart and did their grocery shopping at the salon.

You'll have to wait until next year if you miss the Salon Marjolaine, but you can find a smaller version next month at the Vivez Nature "Noël en Bio" salon December 10-12.

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Reader Comments (2)

OK, so I get that people like to know that their food is organic and natural but I kind of feel like if America had all of the little Boucheries and Fromageries and Markets that Paris has than we wouldn't need a Whole Foods. I'm just saying that the French in general eat better quality and healthier food than Americans. Even if it isn't "bio".
November 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWillim Willson
Coming to Paris in April 2011 - where do you find this type of place when the Salon M is not going on??? Thanks
November 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDevon

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