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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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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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