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October 21-30 A bit like a smaller, cozier version of the Foire de Paris, the Foire d'Automne at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles is a trade show of food and wine, home decor, beauty and fashion, and all French arts de vivre. Open 10am-7pm, entry €9. 

October 27-29
The last big electronic music festival of the year, the Pitchfork Festival, takes place over three days at the Grande Halle de la Villette (Parc de la Villette, 19th). One-day passes €54,  three-day passes €120.

October 28 - November 1
Stuff yourself with all kinds of chocolately goodies at the annual Salon du Chocolat, at the Paris-Expo - Porte de Versailles (metro line 12), 10am-7pm. Entrance €14. You can get advance tickets online or ask at your favorite chocolate shop if they have any extra invitations. Avoid the weekend unless you're a masochist! Here are some Salon du Chocolat tips from a previous article by Secrets of Paris intern Tara Oakes. 

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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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