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Calendar of Paris Events

December 6-14
The annual Féeries d’Auteuil takes place at the non-profit children's organization Apprentis d'Auteuil (40 rue Jean de la Fontaine, 16th, M° Jasmin or Eglise d'Auteuil) with a Christmas market, food stands, flea market, concerts, vintage carrousel and nativity scenes, from 11am-7pm. Live singing performances on St-Sun at 5:30pm. 

December 10-14
"Le Noël des Créateurs", highlights up-and-coming designers and artisans selling ther crafts "Made in France". Come for original and unique holiday gifts! You'll find 15 chalets along the Petit Ceinture (former railway) at Located at 83 boulevard Ornano, 18th (direct access to the Petite Ceinture through la Recyclerie, right outside metro Porte de Clignancourt).

December 20-21
The Village St-Paul (entrances along Rue St Paul, 4th) is having its winter brocante (flea market) this weekend, with outdoor stands in addition to the antique and vintage shops and other fun shops in the cobblestone courtyards. 

Through December 21
The newest musical comedy at the historic Folies Bergère is a high-energy burlesque show around the theme of love with dancers, acrobats, and singers performing French, American and British songs (many which you'll recognize in the preview below). Love Circus is the perfect alternative to the Moulin Rouge (including its busloads of tourists and high prices). Tickets €29-€84 (by seating area), no dinner included, discounts for booking online. 

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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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