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Calendar of Paris Events

October 8-12
The theme for the 81st annual Fête des Vendanges, the grape harvest festival, is Montmartre Fête les Poètes. Events include a parade, grape stomping, the food & wine tasting village, cooking demos, live music, and tons of other fun stuff. Check out the entire program, the online boutique (get your commemorative bottles of wine!) and other info about the festival here.

October 12 
Stock up on fall reading material for a handful of euros and support the English-language SOS Helpline at their Autumn Book Sale today from noon-4pm at Orrick Law Offices (31 ave Pierre Ière de Serbie, 16th, M° Alma-Marceau). Paperbacks €1, hardcovers €2, all categories for adults and kids, as well as bake sale items. Those who want to donate books can drop them off during the sale.

October 16-17
Blending culture with social, Sinfonietta Paris brings you an evening of Mendelssohn and Brahms exquisitely performed by a brilliant ensemble of young professional musicians. At the Institut FInlandais (Latin Quarter, 60 rue des Ecoles, 5th) from 8-11pm. Tickets €25 (wine and hors d'oeuvres included). The address will be mailed once confirmed; the performance on the 4th December is in the 17th; on the 5th December it's in the 1st. Register on the website; places limited. 

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Friday
Nov112011

N'Importe Quoi Photo of the Week

Wow, doesn't this health food store window really draw you in with its scrumptious looking food display? Non, me neither. Why is it that the French can excel at window dressing in every industry but health food? At my local Naturalia they manage to really hit home the idea that everything inside will taste like flavorless cardboard.

 

Which brilliant store manager said, "Hey, instead of fresh organic produce, or the amazing selection of exotic spices and nuts, why don't we put a generic bag of organic flour in the window next to a generic bag of corn flakes." The question must be asked: is there any cereal out there quite as depressing as corn flakes? Extra points deducted for the scotch-taped price tags. And trying to "mix it up" with those little German lady bug chocolates wrapped in foil isn't helping. The only thing this window inspires is a new weekly series: Parisian Shop Window Fail of the Week. 

 

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Reader Comments (2)

At least they should tape a hand-lettered sign in the window that says "Vitrine en Cours" -- that way people THINK that there might be something attractive coming...one of the shops in my village has a sign that's faded from being in the sun so long....but by gosh, that window is still a work in progress, even if nothing in it has moved for months.
November 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSunny
Too funny! It's interesting how the health food movement in France is about 30 years behind North America. But I find the quality of France's 'conventional food' is superior to NA.
November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

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