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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

May 13-16
The 27th annual Artists' Open Studios in Belleville takes place for four days in over 120 ateliers in Belleville (11th, 19th & 20th arrondissements). It's a great chance to see some neighborhoods tourists don't normally see, to meet local artists, and of course purchase some lovely artworks! Pick up a map and program at the Espace Jordain (3 rue Jean-Baptiste Dumay, 20th, M° Jourdain). Free entry. Open 2-8pm, Fri-Sat until 10pm. 

May 21
Check out your favorite Paris museum at night during the 12th annual Nuit Européenne des Musées, when all over Europe museums stay open until midnight...for free! Special flashlight tours, live music, installment arts, film screenings, costumed museum guides, and other fun events throughout the evening at each museum.

May 21-22
Attention equestrian fans: it's time for the one of the legendary horse racing events in Paris, the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris at the Hippodrome d'Auteuil (16th). There will be food trucks, snack stands and you can also dine in the panoramic restaurant overlooking the racetrack. Tickets are €8. 

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Wednesday
Mar072012

Quick and Cheap Computer Fix

Monday morning, just as I was getting started on work, my computer suddenly displayed the Blue Screen of Death. When none of my usual tricks seemed to fix it, I realized I'd have to find a pro. I bought the computer over two years ago at Surcouf, but the warranty already expired and I figured there would be a long wait and huge fees to take it in to their "Village des Techniciens". But when I called a different repair shop in my 'hood, they told me they wouldn't even have time to look at it until Thursday. So I unplugged the desktop tower, put it in a shopping bag, and decided to try my luck at Surcouf, no rendez-vous necessary. There was no waiting at 11am. They told me a diagnostic takes 2-5 days, unless I wanted the "express" for €40. Seemed a bargain to me! After 20 minutes of poking around, they told me I ran out of memory (might have been RAM, I was too busy silently thanking the computer gods to pay attention). Extra memory cost me a whopping €30. The time to put it in and clean all the dust out was billed at €9, and took almost an hour. In the end I paid €79, plus €20 for the round trip taxi. The technician helping me always announced the fees as if there was an extra zero in there. Considering the fact that I was sure I'd be going home with a new computer, €79 was a total steal. Next time I have a computer problem, I'm going right back to Surcouf instead of spending hours trying to fix it myself first! :-)

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Reader Comments (2)

Excellent Topic.
March 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew
Yes, but unfo Surcouf runs now under chapter 11 !
March 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBigFish

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