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May 15-17
One of the biggest flower shows in France, Journées des Plantes de Courson, takes place this weekend at the Chateau de Chantilly, just 45 minutes north of Paris from the Gare du Nord. Entry €20 (or €17 if you get your tickets online before May 14).

May 16
Check out your favorite Paris museum at night during the 11th annual Nuit Européenne des Musées, when all over Europe museums stay open all night...for free! 

June 21
Celebrate Fête de la Musique in 17th-century aristocratic style at Château Vaux-le-Vicomte for their annual costumes dance event, La Journée Grand Siècle, in honor of the 400th anniversary of the original owner, Nicolas Fouquet. There will be an elegant picnic in the chateau gardens, live music and dancing, as well as carriage rides and sword-fighting shows. If you don't have a costume gown you can rent one on-site from €17. 

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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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