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Created in 1999, the Secrets of Paris is the oldest independent and locally-owned website about Paris in English, for both visitors and residents. Discover what you've been missing:

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Calendar of Paris Events

November 5-13
The 41st annual Salon Marjolaine, the largest organic fair in Paris, takes place this week at the Parc Floral (Bois de Vincennes) with 550 stands selling everything organic you could imagine. There are also plenty of food stands for lunch onsite, a vestiaire, and a little shuttle from the metro Château de Vincennes to the entrance of the Parc Floral. Open 10:30am-7pm. Entry €10, but you can get a €3 discount voucher on the website to print out in advance. You can also see my article and video from my visit in 2010.  

Marchés de Noël - Christmas Markets are Here! 
Am I the only one who thinks it's wrong that the Christmas Market opens on the Champas-Elysées before Beaujolais Nouveau?  The two largest are opening mid-month this year.
- November 11-January 8 on the Avenue des Champs Elysées
- November 17-December 27 at the Esplanade de La Défense
Other Christmas Markets will be opening around Paris in December, see the full list (en françaishere.   

November 17 
Although it's rather low-key in France compared to the hype it gets in America, the annual Beaujolais Nouveau festival takes place in wine bars throughout Paris today. Read all about the history and the different varieties (good, bad, ugly) and where to celebrate in Paris in this excellent article by Aaron Ayscough, The Redemption of Beaujolais Nouveau (read the 2014 update here and his current on-location exploration of the Beaujolais region here). And for fun, here's a link to the little video I made at the Beaujolais dinner I attended in 2010 with Meg Zimbeck of Paris by Mouth and Bryan Pirolli.  

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Entries in activism (2)

Thursday
Dec312015

Can you spot the HEROES in this image? 

Hint: none of them are wearing a cowboy hat.

Yep, they’re all heroes except that goofy one in the running outfit. That’s me at my first marathon in 2012. I'm not a hero. I'm just an average, concerned citizen who wants to help end suffering where I can. Running marathons is a silly hobby when you think about it (especially considering how slow I run). We're a bunch of health fanatics paying for the privilege of inflicting pain on ourselves, then being publicly rewarded for it. After three years of running for my own entertainment, I’ve decided to try and put all of this restless energy to good use. 

I am running the 2016 Paris Half Marathon on March 6th to raise €1000 for Médecins sans Frontères (MSF) aka Doctors without Borders.

I’m running it because the real heroes are too busy saving lives to run through the streets of Paris being cheered on by adoring crowds. I’m running it because the heroes at MSF – many who put their own lives in danger just to go to work – don’t get a triumphant photo finish and a medal at the end of their day. I’m running because I'm hoping that if I donate my time and energy (and knees) spreading the word about MSF’s important work, it will inspire enough people to help make a small difference. Please consider supporting MSF, whether by donating to my campaign (deadline February 26), directly to MSF, or simply by spreading the word and sharing this with others. Merci!

To read more about the amazing work MSF does around the world, just have a scroll through the MSF Twitter feed, or this powerful collection of MSF images from 2015: “Photographers, both staff and commissioned freelancers, accompanied our medical teams as they responded to death and destruction on an unprecedented scale in Syria, natural disasters in Nepal and Malawi, to the refugee crisis in Europe, the end of Ebola in West Africa, and to provide care for civilians caught up in Yemen’s war, amongst many other emergencies.”

 

Wednesday
Feb272013

We're All Guilty of Green Washing (even in France)

The French group Tryo put out this great video for their song "Green Washing". If your French is a little rusty (and you can't figure it out from the vedeo), it's basically a song about how consumers prefer "green washing" (or the practice of slapping a green label on something that really isn't that environmentally friendly) to actually changing our lifestyle and making better choices for the planet.

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