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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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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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