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American-born travel journalist and guidebook author Heather Stimmler-Hall created the Secrets of Paris in 1999 to share the hidden side of the City of Light. Discover what you've been missing:

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Calendar of Paris Events

June 12-14
The Salon du Vinatge is always a fun event in Paris, whether you're shopping for clothing, accessories, vinyls, and home decor, or just to hear the retro DJ tunes and the festive atmosphere. Free entry, at the Halle des Blancs Manteaux (48 rue Vieille du Temple, 3rd). 

June 12-14
The Portes d'Or is a chance for all the artistic workshops in the Goutte d'Or (18th arrondissement) to open their doors to the public. Over 80 painters, sculptors, jewelery-makers and many others who live and work in the Goutte d'Or wish to share their creativity. Please come support the community and experience these unique productions. 

June 13-14
The artists of the 5th (Mouffetard) and 13th (Butte aux Cailles/Gobelins) districts knows as Lézarts du Bièvre open their studios to the public for two days, 2-8pm. Free entry. Info points and maps here.

June 14
Get out your fancy hats and picnic baskets for the annual Prix de Diane races at Chantilly Hippodrome (just 45 minutes north of Paris from Gare du Nord). Read more about the event here. 

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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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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