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Marchés de Noël - Christmas Markets are well underway! 
There are lots of them, and they're in full swing.  The two largest are opening mid-month this year:

- till January 8 on the Avenue des Champs Elysées
- till December 27 at the Esplanade de La Défense

Other Christmas Markets will be opening around Paris in December, see the full list (en françaishere. Click through to our full calendar to get more details.  

December 15-early January 
All of the Manèges, aka Carrousels de Paris, in the 3rd through 20th arrondissements of Paris are free for children for the holidays (my favorite is in the Jardins du Trocadéro, but the lines are longest). See the full list here. Open daily 11am-9pm.

December 7-11
Winter is circus time in Paris! Lots of options--for example the Cirque du Soleil (Dec. 7-11) with this year's Varekai performance. At the Accorhotels arena (12e), seats from 37€ to 80€. But there are lots of others. See the complete list for other circus and circus-like spectacles. 

Click here to see the full calendar of events...

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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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