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Calendar of Paris Events

November 5-8
The boutique charity organization Emmaüs (105 Boulevard Davout, 20th) is having a "Kilo Sale" where mens, womens and childrens used clothing are sold for €10/kilo (that's a lot of clothing). Daily 11am-7:45pm. 

November 8-16
The 39th annual Salon Marjolaine, the largest organic fair in Paris, takes place this week at the Parc Floral (Bois de Vincennes) with 550 stands selling everything organic you could imagine. There are also plenty of food stands for lunch onsite, a vestiaire, and a little shuttle from the metro Château de Vincennes to the entrance of the Parc Floral. Open 10:30am-7pm. Entry €9, but you can get a €3 discount voucher on the website to print out in advance. You can also see my article and video from my visit in 2010. 

November 8-11
The Château Vaux le Vicomte is hosting its annual Palais au Chocolat. The palace will be decorated with chocolate artworks created by some of the biggest names in chocolate. Tickets are €16.50 (€13.50 for kids 6-18), which includes access to the château and gardens and exhibits throughout the estate; you can reserve them in advance online. Open 10am-6pm.

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Thursday
Mar182010

Goldenberg Deli Reopens as Fashion Boutique

When I was a student in Paris 15 years ago almost every shop on the Rue des Rosiers was Jewish...delis, bakeries, boutiques, restaurants. But fashion has been slowly taking over like a virus, as one by one they all get transformed into high-end clothing boutiques (Lee Jean's excepted; what a waste of a fabulous location). Today I walked past the old Goldenberg Deli, closed for several years since the owners couldn't afford to bring their kitchens up to modern health code standards. Now it's a clothing boutique called Le Temps des Cerises - Japan Rags (a chain of vintage-style clothes). They've kept the tile facade of the historic deli as well as the name on their awning. But really, who cares? Aside from the ever-expanding As du Falafel, the Jewish district is shrinking every year, and soon the Marais will look like any other Paris shopping district. A shame.

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Reader Comments (4)

Wow, that is a shame. I don't think they should be allowed to keep the name Goldenberg on the awning. How sad that the place was able to survive a terrorist attack but not a fashion attack!
March 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdam
like paris needs another boutique.
March 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermaria
The shrinking of Jewish Marais has been going on for years. One by one, the Judiaca shops left. Goldenberg's was eastern European Jewish cooking a bit overpriced but still worth a lunch there for the cultural & historical value. I have missed them. I hope the other place (whose name escapes me) is still there...a pavot at least twice during a visit is mandatory for me.
March 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Arizona
It's sad and true! Maybe it's time for me to open up a Jewish deli in the Marais.........
March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBriana E.
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