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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 contest (6)


13th Arrondissement has the Best Baguettes

The winning baguette for 2016 might have come from a bakery in the 6th arrondissement, but not only are 80% of the winners on the Left Bank (go Rive Gauche!), the largest number of them, three out of ten, are from the 13th arrondissement. My neighborhood!

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Does Paris Still Inspire Creativity?

Updated on Friday, March 21, 2014 by Registered CommenterHeather Stimmler-Hall

A guest post (with photos and illustrations) by Secrets of Paris friend and creativity coach Cynthia Morris of Original Impulse

Paris has always been a place where creative people come from around the world come to flourish. Renoir, Anais Nin, Gertrude Stein, Brassai, Picasso, Henry Miller….the list of creative luminaries whose work was positively influenced by Paris is long.  

It’s easy to make the imaginative leap where you become a creative genius in Paris, too. Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris shows that the City of Light still sparks hope for the creative person. But does it deliver beyond the clichés? Does Paris actually make us better writers and artists?

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Photos from Cupcake Camp Paris 2011 

Today over 300 people and 2000 cupcakes gathered at Le Comptoir Général  near the Canal St Martin for Cupcake Camp Paris 2012, to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Check out the pretty (yummy) cupcakes here!

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Winner of the Best Question Contest

And the winner of the book "Foreign Tongue" for the Best Question is Lee with the "Do I really have to wear a Speedo?" question (because I get it a lot and it really is important to have the right bathing suit in Paris pools).

Runner up is Picos, with the "French Ending" question (anyone who can add their two centimes to mine are welcome). . thanks to everyone who participated!


Best Question Contest

Win a copy of "Foreign Tongue", the fabulous new novel by Vanina Marsot, by replying to this post with a question for Heather. What kind of question? A GOOD question! Here are some examples of what NOT to ask...

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Halloween Party: Win a Magnum of Champagne

I'm in Boston on the Naughty Paris book tour on Halloween this year, but if I was in Paris I would defintely be at the Flûte Etoile's "Halloween Prohibition Party." Flûte is the "Champagne Speakeasy", a small, intimate bar just near the Arc de Triomphe. The costume theme for the party is "1920s or smoking (tuxedo)" with a free cocktail offered for each guest and a magnum of Champagne for the best costume.

October 31, 8pm-11pm.

Flûte Champagne Lounge
19 rue de l'Etoile, 17th
M° CGD-Etoile