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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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Monday
Feb132012

New Metro Cars

Little by little, the rickety old metro cars are being replaced by sleek new ones with big windows, striped seats and bright red walls at the front and back. Also, more important in the summer, they have air-conditioning! These photos are from line 5, but I've also seen them on Line 1, 2, 3, 4, and 14.

 

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Reader Comments (5)

Wow! Pretty snazzy. Some of those old ones had quite a bit of age on them. I've heard that some lines now have automated trains (no drivers). Have you heard about that?
February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichael
Line 14 never had a driver (opened in 1999), and now Line 1 will have no driver. Eventually they'll all be like that. No more drivers, no more driver strikes! :-)
February 23, 2012 | Registered CommenterHeather Stimmler-Hall
No more driver strikes in the Metro? And some people say there is no God!
February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichael
I love the new cars - i'm on the line 2 and was really appreciating the air-conditioning on some of the last summer on hot days. I have a theory that when everyone's commute is just a little better (i.e. not sweating like crazy and grumpy from the heat) everyone starts the day with just a little better attitude - so i like to think it has a good attitude ripple effect that goes beyond just the metro ride.
March 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterforest
Hallelujah to the air conditioning. I also like how many of the new trains (on line 1 for example) are just one continuous space w/ no divisions. Gives the train a more open & comfortable feel.
March 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterA French Frye in Paris

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