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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

Through October 3
Don't miss one of the most magical events of the summer, the Candlelit Evenings at the Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, just an hour south of Paris by RER and shuttle. Visit the family-owned palace and gardens that inspired Versailles by candlelight, including dinner in the gardens (or bring your own picnic or book a table for a gourmet meal starting at €59) and a fireworks finale. Every Saturday evening, entry €19.50. 

Through October 18
The 32nd annual funfair carnival, the Fête à Neu Neu, opens on August 30th in the Bois de Boulogne (Porte de la Muette, 16th, M° Rue de la Pompe). Open 4pm-midnight Mon, Tues, & Thurs; 2pm-midnight Wed & Fri; and noon to midnight Sat-Sun. Free entry, ATM, Vélib station, food tents and rides (tickets purchased onsite).  

September 11-13
The annual Fête de l'Humanité is three days of live music (65 acts including headliners Manu Chao, Texas, and Juliette Gréco), debates (because the French love a good debate), arts and cinema expositions, a bal populaire, a book fair, and activities for kids. The main sponsor/organizer is the daily newspaper L'Humanité, whose motto is "Envie de Changer Le Monde" (The desire to change the world), so you can imagine it's quite a leftie leaning festival where politics, social justice and liberty are the main stars. This year it takes place in La Corneuve (northeast suburbs), and three-day passes are just €32 (€35 at the door; camping and parking also possible). 

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Wednesday
Aug242011

N'Importe Quoi Photo of the Week

"Petits pois au lard" sounds a bit disgusting, but it's just French for "peas and bacon". Of course, if you see these in a candy store, they're not actually peas and bacon, but old fashioned French candies with a slightly aniseed flavor. I was told these cute little candies were popular back in the early 20th century, and that they were originally created by a French canned vegetable company to try and get kids more interested in eating their veggies (and, er, pork products). I haven't been able to find any hard facts about the origins, so if anyone has any info do please post it in the comments below. You can find these in any boutique that sells old-fashioned candies, such as Legrand Filles et Fils on Rue de la Banque (photo) or Le Bonbon au Palais on Rue Monge.

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Reader Comments (2)

when i read the word "peas and bacon" i looked back at the picture to see if there was really a bacon on it. and it was there! but still curious about it so i continue reading to know that it was only a candy. but the peas looks so real but the bacon looks like a marsh mallow.why would they (french canned vegetable) actually inspired kids to eat pork? do kids in france hate pork? nice post by the way!
August 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJune
Not only the pork thing... Why would making peas taste like candy inspire kids to eat peas? After eating these, a kid would never want to eat the real thing!
September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCFrance

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