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Calendar of Paris Events

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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Parking in Paris: The Good News & the Bad News

For those of you with cars in Paris, note that a few laws have changed in 2011 concerning parking. The good news is that you can now park at night in some “livraison” spaces from 8pm-7am, and all day on Sundays and holidays:

However the ones with a DOUBLE yellow line are still interdits at all hours:

The bad news is that the fee for not paying for your parking place during the day (or going over the time limit), which has been €11 since the 1980s, is going to be raised this year to €17. And now that Sarkozy eliminated the traditional “election year amnesty” for parking infractions, everyone has to pay. Or take the metro. ;-)

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As one who has driven in Paris (a giant game of "chicken"), and looked for a parking space (impossible), I can appreciate what Parisians go through on a daily basis. A few years ago I read that in the 20 arrondissements of Paris there were 800,000 registered automobiles, but only 750,000 legal places to park. As a result, I've seen some incredibly creative ways to park a vehicle. I guess that's why God invented buses and metros.
February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Stewart

Observing the quest for parking spots as well as the creativity of many car owners adds to the joys Paris offers those who like to walk and observe. I hope you and your readers will enjoy my take on parking in Paris posted in the following blog link. It is from a weekly blog we write about the city we love, visit often but don't live in.

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNorman Ball
I will be in Paris in August--with a car. Is there a way to know on what streets parking is free during that month?
July 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdeborah kirk
plan to fly into CDG late September. plan to rent car at airport for week as we are staying kind of remote Marriott resort near Disney We plan to visit Paris 3 of the days. do you think it makes sense to park outside the city at say Maisons-Alfort and commute in. Any guess on parking availability and/or parking cost? Did see a Gen. de Gaulle parking garage there that would be convenient.
August 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert
Robert, there is an RER from Disneyland to Paris, just park at the nearest RER station to your hotel. There are also parking garages in Paris, no point in going to Charles de Gaulle or Maisons-Alfort. Garages cost about €25 for the day depending on location. But driving into Paris is a lot of traffic, so you're better off leaving the car out by your hotel and coming in for each day on the RER. Just don't miss the last one at night!
August 7, 2014 | Registered CommenterHeather Stimmler-Hall

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