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Calendar of Paris Events

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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Friday
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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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