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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

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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Entries in American (4)


Liberté, Egalité, Cupcakes

Had you followed the damp queue through the mysterious door on the Quai de Jemmapes last Saturday, you would have been rewarded with a glorious sight. On every surface were perched bright, colourful, scrumptious treats - cupcakes everywhere, as far as the eye can see. This can only mean one thing: the third edition of Cupcake Camp Paris was in full swing at the trendy Comptoir Général.

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American Sweets at the Sugarplum Cake Shop

If you're visiting from America, you can move along, there's nothing to see here. But if you live in France and have been craving real American treats in a cozy and friendly setting, come on down to the Left Bank.

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American Pastries and New York Style Coffee

American-born Merce Muse opens a New York style coffee house in the North Marais district. Now you have no excuse for not checking out this increasingly food-happy part of town.

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Americans Overseas: Last-Minute Voting Instructions

If you're not in the US for election day, it's not too late to send in your absentee ballot, even if you still haven't received your ballot in the mail. This is direct from AARO (Association of Americans Resident Overseas) & the US Embassy: 

Final Reminder to VOTE!
American citizens should vote now in the November 4, 2008 presidential
and general elections. If you registered to vote and requested an absentee
ballot by your state's deadline, you should have already received your
state absentee ballot. Please return your marked ballot now!

Ballot hasn't arrived?
If your ballot has not arrived, use the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB).
The FWAB serves as an emergency ballot for voters who registered in time
but fail to receive an official ballot from local election officials. The FWAB is
available at www.fvap.gov or from any U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

If your regular state ballot arrives after you have mailed the FWAB,
complete and mail the state ballot as well.

Returning your ballot
Voted ballots and FWABs may be mailed to your local voting officials
in the United States through first-class international mail or from any
U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Last-minute voters should consider using
an express courier company to deliver their ballots (FedEx has special rates from France).
A few states also accept completed ballots by fax or e-mail.

The Voting Assistance Officers at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy
in Paris are also always available to answer questions about absentee voting.

To contact the Voting Assistance Officers, call 04 91 54 96 10,  01 43 12 29 93,
01 43 12 20 93, 01 43 12 20 21, or send an e-mail to VoteParis@state.gov.

United States Embassy
American Citizen Services Unit
4 avenue Gabriel
75382 Paris Cedex 08, France
Telephone in France: 01 43 12 22 22
Telephone from US: (011 33) 1 43 12 22 22
Website: http://france.usembassy.gov
E-mail: citizeninfo@state.gov