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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 Disneyland Paris (5)

Sunday
May032015

Museum News: Renovations & Night Openings

If you have your heart set on visiting several Paris museums when you’re in town, be sure to check in advance that they’re open (or that the collection you want to see is open). There are several currently closed (or partially closed) for renovations. On the plus side, many museums also have late opening hours to help avoid the morning crowds, highly recommended, and you get to sleep in!

The Carnavalet History of Paris Museum is partially closed (most of the ground floor apartments) and there are long lines just to get the free ticket, no dates mentioned for reopening.

The Modern Art Collections (1905-1980) of the Centre Pompidou reopen May 27th (night opening at the Pompidou until 11pm on Thursdays).

The main collection of the Rodin Museum is closed through November, with just the gardens and temporary expositions open (until 8:45pm Wednesday nights).

The dome of the Pantheon is still under construction, but the building remains open (exceptionally closed mornings May 22-28 for official ceremonies).

The Louvre Pyramid entrance is open during renovations of the guest welcome area below it, although the gift shop is housed in a temporary building in the courtyard for the next two years (Louvre is open until 9:45pm Wednesday and Friday).

Victor Hugo’ House in the place des Vosges is partially closed (his living quarters) until June 2nd.

And if you’re heading out to Disneyland (hey, don’t judge!), Space Mountain is closed for renovations through the end of July).

For other evening cultural excursions, the Grand Palais expositions (including the wildly popular Vélazquez retrospective) are now open until 10pm Wednesday-Saturday.  Notre Dame Cathedral is open weekend evenings in May and June at 9:15pm for a special audiovisual show with music (free entry).

Also, be aware that because of additional Vigipirate (anti-terrorist) security checks, lines in some places will be longer than usual, including Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle, even if you have a Museum Pass. 

Thursday
Dec272012

Disneyland Paris for the Holidays

As nice as it is to go home for the holidays, if you're stuck in Paris and feeling homesick, there's no better place than Christmas at Disneyland Paris! And right now you can get tickets for as little as €38/person...

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Tuesday
Sep282010

Newsletter #101: September 2010

IN THIS ISSUE:
* Changes Afoot…
* Half-Prices Massages? Check.
* First Sparkling Water Fountain in Paris
* Three Places to Buy Antique Silver
* Three Places to Visit instead of the Monet Exhibition
* Three Restaurants I Tested
* Foot Reflexology Massage
* How to Survive Disneyland Paris
* Interview with a Writer… in Paris

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Thursday
Dec112008

The Back Door to Cheaper Eurostar Tickets

If you book well in advance, Eurostar tickets from Paris to London are just €77 round trip. But if you wait until the last minute like yours truly, then it gets much, much more expensive (like, oh, €300). Even easyJet fares were up in the €250 range, which is horrible when you have to get to Roissy-CDG and then into London from Luton.

But thanks to a LOT of surfing around, I found a little back door to cheaper fares: Disneyland!

I was on a site I've used in the past called EuropebyAir.com looking to see if I could scrape together a cheaper flight, and their brilliant search brought up flights AND trains. And lookie here, a Eurostar ticket for just $230 (€175). The catch? The outgoing train leaves from the Disneyland Paris station in Marne La Vallée - Chessy. That's only a 45 minute RER ride from Paris, same as going to the airport. The return trip happily came into Gare du Nord, as usual.

Now if you go on the actual Eurostar website, it's impossible to search for a ticket where you leave from one place and arrive in another. And they really hide that Disneyland Station option, it's buried under "France Stations, under "M". If I had purchased a ticket with them, I would be coming in and out of the Disney station, and on one leg I'd have an hour layover in Lille. So I ended up purchasing the ticket direct from the EuropebyAir site (for those of you with American bank accounts, this is handy since they charge in Dollars).

The Disneyland option seems to be the best for leaving Paris on Sunday night, when fares are highest. If anyone else finds any clever back doors for traveling between London and Paris, do let me know!

(PS: And no, I'm not interested in taking the 10-hour Eurolines bus trip for €69, ugh.)

Sunday
Apr302006

A Day at Disneyland Paris

Here are some pics from my day at Disneyland Paris last week...

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